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8 Sessions / 4 hours of work per session
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Beginner
Topics
finger exercises, scales, chords, song performance, guitar technique
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Introduction to Guitar Performance

Introduction to Guitar Performance
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8 Sessions / 4 hours of work per session
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Beginner
Topics
finger exercises, scales, chords, song performance, guitar technique
Course Description

This course is for beginners who wish to learn the guitar, and will get you up to speed to play music very quickly. The course covers all the fundamentals of guitar playing such as organisation of the fretboard, correct technique, finger exercises, scales, chords and practical application of these to play popular songs.


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Session 1: Introduction to the Guitar (December 11, 2019)
In this lesson you will learn about the different parts of the guitar, how to hold the guitar and how to play with correct posture and technique. You will also learn how to play the intro and verse chords of a popular song and finally, the lesson will end with a finger exercise to improve your mobility on the fretboard.
4 lessons
1. Introduction to the Guitar
2. Parts of the Guitar
3. Chromatic Exercise
4. Song Study: Riptide - Verse and Chorus
Session 2: Notes on the Fretboard (December 18, 2019)
In this lesson, you will learn about the different notes on the guitar and the concept of a tone and a semi-tone. You will also learn the chords of the bridge and soft-chorus of the song learnt in the previous lesson.
5 lessons
1. Lesson Introduction
2. Review of Previous Assignment: Chromatic Scale @ 65bpm
3. Tone and Semitone
4. Notes on the Guitar
5. Song: Riptide - Bridge and Soft Chorus
Session 3: Introduction to Note Values and CAGED system (December 25, 2019)
In this lesson, you will learn about the different note values in music. You will also learn how to play open chords on the guitar, using the CAGED system.
6 lessons
1. Lesson 3 Introduction
2. Note Values
3. Note Values - Practise with Metronome
4. Chromatic Exercise - Part II
5. Open Chords Using the CAGED System
6. Lesson Assignment: Chromatic Exercise at 80bpm
Session 4: C major Scale and Sight Reading (January 1, 2020)
In this lesson, you will learn how to play the C major scale and how to read notes of the open strings of the guitar.
4 lessons
1. Lesson 4 Introduction
2. Performing the C Major Scale at 65 BPM
3. Introduction to the C Major Scale
4. Reading Notes of the Open Strings
Session 5: Major Scale Construction (January 8, 2020)
In this lesson, you will learn how to form a major scale on the guitar and play the C major scale using 8th notes. You will also learn to sight read in C major open position.
5 lessons
1. Lesson 5 Introduction
2. Chromatic Exercise - Part III (80bpm)
3. Performing the C Major Scale in Quarter and Eighth Notes
4. Major Scale Formation using Tones and Semitones
5. Reading the Notes from the C Major Scale
Session 6: Song Performance Study - 1 (January 15, 2020)
In this lesson, you will learn how to play the verse of a song, paying attention to the strumming style. You will also work on sight reading exercises in the key of C major.
3 lessons
1. Lesson Introduction
2. Song Study: Yellow - Intro and Strumming Pattern
3. Song Study: Yellow - Verse
Session 7: Song Performance Study - 2 (January 22, 2020)
In this lesson, you will learn the chorus chords of Yellow by Coldplay . You will also work on sight reading an 8 bars long melody in the key of C major. You will additionally work on practising the C major scale and the chromatic scale at a faster tempo.
4 lessons
1. Lesson 7 Introduction
2. Warm Up: Chromatic and C Major Scale (Quarter & 8th Note)
3. Reading Notes: 8 Bar Melody
4. Song: Yellow - Chorus
Session 8: Introduction to Barre Chords (January 29, 2020)
In this lesson, you will learn to form and play barre chords on the guitar
2 lessons
1. Lesson 8 Introduction
2. Playing C Major using the BARRE CAGED System
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Learning Outcomes

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What You Need to Take This Course

1. Acoustic guitar

2. Internet connection

3. Guitar picks

4. Any metronome application downloaded on your phone

5. Manuscript paper

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