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 read 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 read one octave from G on string 3 to G on string 1; know where F# is on string 1; be able to play open bass strings with your thumb; understand crotchet and quaver rhythms; know chords E, Em and Am.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group playing and individual work, teacher demonstration and performance. Guitar practice between sessions is vital to make progress.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your nylon strung guitar, and your folder for music.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
ME129c next term.