Dan Doctor Choir Room – S33 377-4888 ext. 233 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisite: You must provide your own guitar. An acoustic is recommended.
This is an elective course offering beginning instruction for guitar. You will learn open Chords, power chords, moveable chords, accompaniment techniques, and a variety of Playing techniques and styles including both the pick style and finger style approaches to Guitar. The course also includes music fundamentals, theory , songs, performance, listening, composing, improvising, analyzing, and learning how to read standard music notation and tablature.
To learn how to play chords, accompaniment and melodies on the guitar.
To learn how to read music, notation, chord frames and tablature.
To develop an understanding of music fundamentals and theory.
To learn how to perform, write, and create music.
This may seem a little interesting, but the textbook I like to use is called “Guitar Exercises for Dummies”, written by Mark Phillips and Jon Chappell. This text is full of very useful exercises designed to get you comfortable with the fret board of a guitar. All students are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the text which costs approximately $20.00. I will supplement the text with several other handouts in order to cover other topics. I have asked the staff at Amuse- Palos Verdes Music Center to carry this textbook. You may visit the store to pick up your copy- located at 261B Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. (310) 377-7838. You may also order the book on Amazon.com. Currently it is being sold for $15.50.
Grades in this class will be determined on the following basis:
Day to day participation, practice, attitude, and effort
Individual playing and performance tests.
Group performance tests.
Objective tests on the fundamentals of music.
Working up to your ability-based on the teacher’s evaluation of your musical aptitude.
Playing Tests/Tests- 60%
Be in your seat with all supplies when the bell rings.
No talking while the teacher/visitor/guest/student is talking.
If you have questions or wish to answer a question raise your hand to be acknowledged and wait for permission.
Do not play anyone’s instrument. This includes percussion instruments. Students are not allowed to touch band room equipment .
Do Not chew gum, eat food or candy, or consume beverages in the band room.
Respect yourself and others at all times (keep hands and feet to yourself).