This course teaches the fundamentals of guitar-playing to those worship leaders with little or no experience. It started with simple chords, because most guitarists in praise bands and pop music focus on playing chords, and then moves on to more difficult techniques.
The student will learn the rudiments of guitar playing, including open and barre chords, strumming and picking patterns, and basic music and tablature reading. The course will provide the student with the skills necessary to accompany singing at the guitar and give a solid foundation for future growth in guitar playing.
Required Text: Phillips, Mark and Jon Chappell,Guitar for Dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG Books, 1998.
Note: The tests and exam will have both written and playing components.
Introduction to Guitar Class Syllabus; Tuning, Posture, E Chord Read: Introduction and Chapter 1-3
A Family Chords Read: 41-45 Practice: Kumbaya, p54
D and G Family Chords Read: 45-49 Practice: Swing Low, p55; Auld Lang Syne, p56
C Family Chords & The “Oldies” Progression Read: 49-52; 58-59 Practice: Michael Row, p57; Oldies in C & G
Music Reading Read: 323-332
Tablature, Left-Hand Fingering, Picking Read: 61-67 Practice: Little Brown Jug, p68; Smokey, p69
Review Practice: Swanee River, p70
Dominant 7 Chords Read: 71-74; 84-85 Practice: Over the River, p81 12 Bar Blues, p84 (extra credit for writing and singing lyrics)
Minor and Major 7 Chords Read: 75-77 Practice: It’s Raining, p82; Oh Susanna, p83
E Barre Chords Read: 105-113 Practice: All examples shown in text
A Barre and Power Chords Read: 113-124 Practice: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, p126
Fingerstyle Read: 209-224 Practice: The 2 Patterns on p215; The Lullaby Pattern; and Simple Thumb-Brush