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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Beginning Guitar

MUS- L 101 / 2 Cr.

Fundamentals of contemporary guitar playing with emphasis on simple songs and chords. Acoustic guitar required for class and practice. No previous experience required.

Textbooks

A six-string acoustic guitar Guitar picks Essential Elements For Guitar by Will Schmid and Bob Morris Guitar Tuner (can download as an app for smartphones) Metronome (can download as an app for smartphones)

Goals

The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic introduction to guitar playing, including aspects of technique, note reading, chord strumming, and solo melodic playing. By the end of the course students should have developed a strong foundation allowing them to develop their musical skills in whatever style(s) they prefer. 

Outcomes
  1. Display a secure and effective technique.
  2. Learn to read and perform from standard music notation in the first position.
  3. Learn to play with a pick.
  4. Learn to play Major, Minor, and Dom7 open position chords in the most common guitar key.
  5. Learn perform basic strumming patterns.
  6. Learn to read and perform rhythms including whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes.
  7. Develop an ability to perform in ensembles.
  8. Perform basic 12 bar blues pattern.
  9. Develop a diverse repertoire of beginners music.