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MUS 60 B — Play the Acoustic Guitar: The Songs of the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, and More

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jun 29—Aug 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 1
Unit: 1
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): Lisa Sanchez
Limit: 20
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jun 29—Aug 17
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 1
1 Unit
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 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.

This course is designed for those with little or no experience in playing the acoustic guitar. Students should bring an acoustic guitar, tuner, pick, and portable music stand to each class session.

Instructor, Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Lisa Sanchez has taught basic music and guitar at SF State and Gryphon. 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 978-0793533923)