Guitar: Basics 1—UC Approved

Lessons Overview:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Guitar

  • Guitar history
  • Types of guitars
  • Parts of the guitar
  • Holding the guitar
  • Plucking and picking
  • Hand health
  • Tuning the guitar

Lesson 2: Playing With Both Hands

  • Left hand position and fingering
  • How to read music diagrams
  • Fretting warm up
  • Strumming
  • G, C, and D chords

Lesson 3: Reading TAB and Rhythms

  • Warm up exercises
  • Beats and rhythm
  • Reading rhythms
  • How to read tablature
  • Reading rests
  • Guitar care
  • String replacement

Lesson 4: Reading Notes on the First and Second Strings

  • Notes on the first string
  • First string études
  • Notes on the second string
  • Second string études
  • Dotted rhythms

Lesson 5: Standard Notation Fundamentals

  • Standard notation
  • Up picking
  • Alternate picking
  • Rhythm assignments
  • The tie

Lesson 6: Accidentals

  • Guitar history
  • Accidentals
  • Notes on the third string
  • Syncopation

Lesson 7: Full Chords and Strum Patterns

  • Alternate strumming
  • Five strum patterns
  • D7 chord
  • Full G, C, D, and E minor chords
  • Playing two chords per measure
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 8: Playing in Other Time Signatures

  • 3/4 Time
  • Two chords per measure in 3/4
  • Simple meter
  • Other time signatures
  • Pickup measure
  • The tie in strumming notation

Lesson 9: The G Major Scale

  • Guitar history
  • G major scale
  • Dotted quarter note
  • Anticipated chord changes
  • Notes on the fourth string

Lesson 10: The C Major Scale

  • Guitar history
  • Notes on the fifth string
  • C Major Scale
  • Notes on the sixth string

Lesson 11: A Deeper Understanding of the Fretboard

  • Fretboard understanding
  • Chromatic scale
  • Major scale construction
  • “Say and Play” warm up
  • Beyond the 12th fret

Lesson 12: Keys and Key Signatures

  • Keys and key signatures
  • Minor scale construction
  • Relative scales
  • Theory assignments
  • Performance review
  • Preparing for your final exam

*Please note: there are other lesson components and assignments that are not reflected on this summary.

Required Materials:

  • Guitar (in playable condition)
  • Guitar pick
  • Tuner
  • Metronome
  • Computer and internet access
  • Recording device (video camera, smart phone, tablet, computer, etc.)

Optional:

  • Strap
  • Replacement strings

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EA

Monday-Thursday 9-5:15 & Friday 9-2:30

1850 Sidewinder Drive Suite 310
Park City, Utah 84060

435-649-3933

EA SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Monday-Thursday 11-7:00 & Friday 11-6:00

1850 Sidewinder Drive Suite 315
Park City, Utah 84060

435-200-8244