Welcome to the guitar! This course is designed to get you playing right away, and set you up with the basic skills and knowledge that form the foundation for different styles of guitar playing. It recognizes that within a group of “beginners” there will be players of varying age and experience—from those of you who have just picked up the instrument, to those who come from a self-taught or lesson background and are looking to fill in your gaps. Each topic in this lesson includes conceptual information and a practice list that will be valuable to you at your level and experience.

In this course, we’ll cover the following topics in depth:

  • Posture, Hand Position, Technique
  • Notes on the Fretboard
  • Reading: charts, standard notation, TAB
  • Music theory in practice
  • Pentatonic scale, major and minor
  • Modes of the Major scale
  • Improvisation
  • Triad and seventh chords
  • Chord progressions
  • 12- bar blues and blues scale
  • Strumming patterns
  • Fingerpicking patterns
  • Creating song arrangements
  • Playing with others
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