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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 5
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Lisa Sanchez
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on October 17 and November 28
7:00—9:05 pm
Sep 26—Dec 5
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
2 Units
Lisa Sanchez
Please Note: No class on October 17 and November 28
Have you always wanted to play the guitar, but you were 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—including 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, which will allow them to acquire basic musicianship skills with the goal of playing simple melodies on the guitar from standard musical notation. Additionally, this study will let students pick up a piece of sheet music and accurately follow the directions found there 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. We will also cover 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.

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 professional experience as a vocalist and a freelance jazz and pop guitarist. She performs regularly, and her latest album is Lisa Sanchez/Jon Eriksen Quartet.

Textbooks for this course:

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