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MUS 60 — Acoustic Guitar for Beginners: The Songs of the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, and Beyond

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Lisa Sanchez
Limit: 20
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
2 Units
Lisa Sanchez
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 the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, 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. This course is repeated from what was offered Winter 2019 with new songs from influential artists and new material in the music-reading component. 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 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) Frederick Noad, First Book for the Guitar/ Part One (ISBN 0-7935-5515-9)