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

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—Jun 3
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 3
Units: 2
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Lisa Sanchez
Limit: 25
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 1—Jun 3
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 3
2 Units
Lisa Sanchez
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, 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 Ed. (ISBN 978-0793533923)