In this course, you will be introduced to the fundamental techniques of guitar playing, by learning the basics of physical technique, instrument familiarity, and performance practices. You will be able to demonstrate a foundational understanding of the guitar fretboard both in a practical and theoretical way. The basic tonalities of simple major and minor triads and parent scales will be looked at from a foundational perspective in order to enable you to play them using select rhythmic subdivisions. Additionally, you will acquire the introductory skill of reading simple sheet music as it relates to the guitar.
This course allows you to earn credits towards the Pro Music Performance - Guitar programme at True School. If you choose the credit option and pass this course with a minimum overall grade of 50%, this course will be recognised and counted as completed in your study pathway when you enrol for a full fledged, on campus Pro programme at True School.
Start Date: Jan 2021 | Timings to be announced
Duration: 11 Weeks
For Ages: 15+
Skill Level:Beginner 11 Sessions / 7 hours of work per session
4 Credits* Live Classes
Video Lessons Assignments
Quizzes Peer Assessments
A computer/laptop/tablet/mobile device
Acoustic or electric guitar
A digital metronome phone application
Session 1: Zoom Meeting Link
This contains the login details for the weekly live Zoom sessions. Each class will also contain a Zoom invite link, you have the option of accessing it from either of the 2 options.
Session 2: Introduction
This contains material for reading before classes begin. This preliminary session will introduce you to proper physical technique and mental approach to the instrument. You will begin with an analysis of the fretboard as it relates to note layout, intervals, and tuning. Then a brief description of the most important intervals that will be used on our instrument will follow. The ideas presented here lay the foundation for understanding the build of the guitar and how to start developing technique in the correct way.
Session 3: The Chromatic Scale
This lesson focuses on the chromatic scale, which is a series of sequential semitones. You will look at how semitones are organized on the guitar fretboard, in order to understand how the notes of the fretboard are organized. You will learn many different fretboard organizations of the chromatic scale and how to play them in all of these different ways.
Session 4: The Major Scale
In this lesson, you will be introduced to the major scale and how it is arranged on the guitar fretboard. There are different fingerings, string locations and note groupings for the major scale, which you will be made aware of, in order to play it in any key all across the fretboard. Additionally, you will be introduced to various scale exercises that will help you to understand melodic patterns and how you can practice the major scale to develop technique and interval fluency.
Session 5: The Minor Scale
In this lesson, you will be introduced to the minor scale and how it is arranged on the guitar fretboard. There are different fingerings, string locations and note groupings which you will be made aware of, in order to play the scale in any key, all across the fretboard. Additionally, you will be introduced to various scale exercises that will help you to understand melodic patterns and how you can practice your minor scale to develop technique and interval fluency.
Session 6: Introduction to Triads
In this lesson, you will learn major, minor, and diminished kinds of triads. You will study all of the voicing possibilities for triads in root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion on every string. You will also look at how diatonic chords are structured in the major & minor scale, and work on playing the chords in any major or minor key.
Session 7: Scale Exercises
In this lesson, you will go over different examples of various scale exercises to improve technique. These can be used as simple technical studies to develop left and right hand improvements. They can be also used as pattern sequences and used for improvisational/compositional ideas.
Session 8: Rhythm
In this lesson, you will learn how rhythm is incorporated in the guitar and be introduced to proper picking technique. The primary focus is how to use "economy picking" as a way to create a strong right hand technique and proper rhythmic execution. There are four main guidelines that you will be made aware of, in order to become comfortable with this picking style.
Session 9: Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
In this lesson, you will learn Blue Monk - a song by Thelonious Monk which uses chromaticism in the main melody. It is a blues form in the key of F and lays out very well in the lower position of our instrument. Various things such as string skipping, subdivision diversity and "call & response" elements are all present in this song.
Session 10: Come Together - The Beatles
In this lesson, you will learn Come Together by The Beatles, which uses diatonic chords in a blues form. This is a great study to learn introductory blues technique on the instrument and to transcribe a simple guitar solo. Elements such as AABA form, breaks, palm muting and rock comping are all involved in this lesson.
Session 11: Creative Elements in Guitar Playing
In this lesson, you will focus on understanding the creative parts of playing that deal with expression.
Session 12: Class Material Review
In this lesson, you will revise all previously learnt material this term, in preparation for your final exam.
Identify all the notes on the guitar, including sharps and flats
Play major scales, relative minor scales, and triads across the fretboard
Demonstrate technical proficiency in tuning the guitar
Perform basic blues form on guitar
Apply the knowledge of EQing and tone production
Read simple melodies on staff notation
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