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Beginner Guitar Class 111 Syllabus

Wednesday 12:20pm Brooks 117
Professor Monty Craig mcraig@clemson.edu
Cell: 864-349-6500
Office Hours Wednesday 11:00am – 12:20pm Brooks 104

1) Class Materials:

• Guitar (acoustic, classical, or electric)
• Chromatic Tuner/Metronome
• Music Stand
• Class handouts
• 2’ - 3 Ring notebook with dividers for class handouts

2) Class Goals:

• Learn the note names and the number names of the open strings
• Learn the basic 16 open chords (E, A, D, G, C, Em, Am, Dm, Cm, Gm, E7, A7,
G7, D7, B7, C7) and basic strumming techniques
• Learn accompaniment styles for folk and sing-a-long songs
• Learn the names of the notes on the E and A stings from open position to the 12th
fret
• Learn 2 note - power chord formations in open and moveable position
• Learn the 12 bar blues progressions in open position keys
• Learn the open position pentatonic and blues scales (Major and Minor forms)
• Learn the moveable position pentatonic and blues scales
• Learn basic soloing forms and techniques
• Call and Response technique
• Learn various blues riffs and patterns
• Learn basic 4 note “baby barre” chords F and Bb based forms (Positions 1 – 4)
• Combined above with open chords to play in all 12 keys
• Study the major scale number system and chord progressions
• Study and learn rock, blues, country, pop, and R&B songs for the 50’s to current
• Learn “Full Barre” chords in movable positions
• Learn to figure out songs from recording by ear

3) Class attendance:

• 1 unexcused absence allowed for the semester
• 2 unexcused absences = 1 grade letter drop, 3 unexcused absences = 2 grade
letter drop, etc…
• I must be notified at least 24 hours before class for misses due to sickness and
receive a doctor’s note the following class – without both = 1 grade letter drop