Guitar for Songwriters, Level 1 & Level 2 - WINTER 2019 ONLINE ONLY On-Demand/Start Now

Have you owned a guitar for years but have only a passing acquaintance with it?  Maybe you learned a few chords but never went forward?  Or perhaps you have just started to teach yourself and would like the guidance of a gifted teacher and the encouragement and inspiration of a group setting? Don't just learn guitar. Learn to play guitar in the context of the songs you love and the songs you'll write. Enter Guitar for Songwriters, Levels 1 & 2.

ROOTS students past or present use the discount code "ROOTSguitar" to save $25. Please note: this class is small by design, but in the event demand is not sufficient to open a section, registrants will be notified and will have the option of a full tuition refund or transferring credit to another class opportunity. Please register in advance to assure the class you want takes place as planned!

Supplementary materials include a password-protected website for class members with

  • handouts,
  • audio of exercises and drills,
  • complete class video for all 6 weeks to review or make-up

If you take the class as an online student, you will receive on-demand access to all 6 class week videos, audio exercises, and handouts, released weekly. AND you will get 3 private 30-minute lessons over Skype to be scheduled directly with the course instructor. Thus you receive the 9 hrs of class instruction plus 90 minutes of private instruction at your own pace.

Sample (general) curriculum overview:

Week 1

  • introduction (frets, fingers, positions, shapes)
  • basic technique/finger exercise (coordination, holding pick)
  • chords vs. single notes
  • guitar tablature (how to read ; numbers/fingers)
  • chord diagrams (how to read)
  • open chords!!!** (handout )
  • begin learning chords/song

Week 2

  1. finger exercise
  2. review song
  3. moving fingers/chord progressions…putting it together*
  4. basic strumming technique* (one on one/groups)
  5. new chord(s)

Week 3

  • finger exercise
  • review song
  • strumming (more options)
  • new chord(s)/new song(if ready, some students)

Week 4

  • finger exercise
  • review song(s)
  • strumming practice
  • diatonic chord theory (understanding why certain chords sound good together and form keys)

Week 5

  • finger exercise
  • review songs
  • strumming practice
  • more chord theory (putting what our fingers know together with what our minds can understand)

Week 6

  • finger exercise
  • performances (solo/group/with teacher accompany)
  • assignments for using these skills and concepts in songs


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