Group Guitar Classes for Absolute Beginners

Our group guitar classes provide a solid musical background and a natural stepping stone to private guitar lessons with HBSM's world-class guitar instructor, Dr. Hugo Nogueira.

Course description

This course is designed for beginners on the guitar and it will cover the basics of the instrument and music fundamentals. Students will learn fingerboard knowledge, music notation, strumming, basic techniques, and chords. The highlight of the semester will be a performance by the end of the course.

Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, students will acquire basic concepts in music theory, chord symbols, and finger­style and guitar picking techniques. Additionally, students will be exposed to guitar literature and gain a better understanding of many different musical genres.

Class Expectations

Students must come prepared to class and participate actively in rehearsals and performances. It is not allowed to eat in class. The use of electronic devices and cellphones are permitted only when designated in class.

Attendance

It is mandatory for the students to be in class to learn the course content including fingering, phrasing, dynamics, and repertoire. Students are responsible to notify the instructor about excused absences. Unexcused absences will affect their day’s class participation grade.

Supplies

Nylon­string guitar or Steel­string guitar, guitar foot stool (optional), metronome and clip­on tuners.

Individual Practice

Students are expected to practice and develop their technique and musicianship outside of the class. Throughout the classes, students will have assigned exercises and short pieces of music to be learned at home. It is highly recommended to practice at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

Materials

Guitar Method Complete Edition by Will Schmid and Greg Koch Notebook to take notes Clip­on tuners.


Course Subjects and Assignments

Class 1: Welcome, guitar basics, Musical Alphabet, hand position, time signature, introduction to the basics of music notation, notes on the first string, and alternate picking.
Assignment 1: Practice exercises 7 and 8 (page 9).

Class 2: Notes on the second string, learn how to move from the second to the first string, introduction to sight­reading, name of the open strings, and C and G open chords.
Assignment 2: Practice exercises 14 and 16 (page 11).

Class 3: Review of material covered in the first and second classes; read melody Ode to Joy by Beethoven (exercise 17) using first and second string; and the “Em” chord strumming pattern exercise 76 (page 36).
Assignment 3: Practice exercise 17 (page 12) and exercise 73 (page 35).

Class 4: Review all the notes learned in first position and notes on the third string. Read and practice Au Clair de Lune (exercise 15). Study musical rests (page 30).
Assignment 4: Practice exercise 22 (page 22). Play exercise 15 and 22. Learn how to play 3∕4 music and dotted notes. Read exercise 27.

Class 5: Assignment 5: Study and practice notes on the fourth string in exercises 28 and 29. Playing chords C and G7. Read and practice exercise 33 and 34. Assignment 6: Study and practice exercise 37 and the sequence of chords Am and C.

Class 6: Assignment 6: Study and practice exercise 37 and the sequence of chords Am and C. Review of the chords and new power chords in Pages 64. Assignment 7: Study the D7 chord and exercise 38.

Class 7: Learning about tied and dotted notes. Reading and laying Amazing Grace and the When Saints Go Marching In in class.
Assignment 7: Study and practice exercise 37 and the sequence of chords Am and C. Review of the chords and new power chords in Pages 64. Assignment 7: Study the D7 chord and exercise 38.

Class 8: Review chords and read exercises 49 and 50.
Assignment 8: (Optional) Prepare and practice a song or melody for the final test which will be a performance for the class.

Group guitar lessons

INFO

  • Mondays, 6:05pm - 7:00pm or Saturdays, 3:05pm - 4:00pm
  • Classes have 4-8 students, for 8-week sessions
  • Jan 7, 2019 - Feb 25, 2019
  • Ages: 13+ years old
  • Registration before Jan 2019
  • Pricing: $200 - 8 weeks


We are unable to give refunds or credits for missed classes


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