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MUS 60 — Acoustic Guitar for Beginners: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and More

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 21—Nov 30
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Lisa Sanchez
Limit: 25
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Sep 21—Nov 30
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 23
2 Units
Fees
$505
Instructor(s):
Lisa Sanchez
Limit
25
Closed
Please Note: No class on November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Have you always wanted to play the guitar, but you were afraid it would be too hard to learn? This course 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 Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and more. 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. 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. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to play all of the songs they learned together during the quarter and they can choose to perform for each other at a virtual open mic night.

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)
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