What is the course about?
You will establish a basic knowledge of finger style guitar playing in different styles of music and learn some simple improvisation techniques. You will also learn how to use basic music notation and learn a little about playing by ear.
Tutor: Tony Rowden [external website].
What will we cover?
- Techniques including: single note playing, free stroke and rest stroke
- Basic notation to support your playing
- Learning and playing some selected scales (C, G, Am, Em, F) and arpeggio sequences (Em, Am B7)
- Basic chord shapes (Em, Am, B7, E,)
- Simple repertoire
- An introduction to composition
- Improvising short phrases
- Playing simple phrases by ear
- Spanish, 19th Century, South American and popular melodies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of simple chord shapes
- Play a small number of chords
- Play a limited number of scales - major and minor, arpeggio and chromatic scales
- Play repertoire learnt during the term
- Write your own simple compositions based on the chords learned
- Improvise a number of short phrases using a pentatonic scale
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of music theory equivalent to grade 1.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be able to play Am scale, natural and harmonic form, across one octave; play arpeggios of E minor and A minor ; read from open D string 4 to A on string 1; know where C# and D# are on string 2, and where G# is on string 3; understand dotted crotchets.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group and individual work, teacher demonstrations and performance, active participation in City Lit guitar recitals.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a nylon strung guitar.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Classical guitar: intermediate next year.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details