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MUS 60 — Acoustic Guitar for Beginners: The Songs of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and More

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Mar 21
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 30
Units: 2
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Lisa Sanchez
Limit: 20
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 17—Mar 21
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 30
2 Units
Lisa Sanchez
Have you always wanted to play the guitar, but afraid it would be too hard to learn? This course, designed for novices, will help make guitar playing easy and fun. At a comfortable pace, students will learn basic chords and right-hand accompaniment patterns and apply these techniques to easy folk and popular songs—to songs written by Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Green Day, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and others. The course will also lead students through a study of elementary music reading on the instrument. This will allow students to acquire basic musicianship skills with the goal of playing simple melodies on the guitar from standard musical notation. Students will learn how to pick up a piece of sheet music and follow its directions in terms of form, chord symbols, and meter. Toward the end of the course, students will form small groups in the class and play easy ensemble pieces together. Also covered will be how to tune with and without a guitar tuner, how to change a string, how to use a pick, and how and when to use a capo.

Students should bring their own acoustic guitar, tuner, and pick to class. This course will be repeated in Spring 2019 with new songs from influential artists, and the music reading component will also be repeated with new material. This will give the student, if continuing, an extra chance to reinforce the concepts learned while also letting new beginning students join the class.

Lisa Sanchez, Instructor, Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Lisa Sanchez has taught basic music and guitar at SF State. She studied jazz guitar with Warren Nunes and voice with jazz vocalist Mark Murphy. Sanchez has extensive experience as a vocalist and a freelance professional jazz and pop guitarist. She performs regularly, and her latest album is Lisa Sanchez/Jon Eriksen Quartet.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Will Schmid and Greg Koch, Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-0-7935-3392-3)