Introduction to Guitar

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About this course: Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You'll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory. For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique—whether f…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You'll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory. For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique—whether finger-style or pick. It then explores the basics of music theory with such topics as scales, triads, power chords, and fingering and shapes. At the end of this course, students will understand the structure, parts, and accessories of the instrument, in addition to an understanding of its basic maintenance. Electric guitar players will learn the operation of their instrument along with basic options for amplification, effect pedals, and sounds. Students will also learn to develop correct technique and apply theory concepts to their playing. They will have the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue most intermediate guitar courses.

Created by:  Berklee
  • Taught by:  Thaddeus Hogarth, Associate Professor

    Guitar
Commitment 6-8 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: Portuguese (Brazilian) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.8 stars Average User Rating 4.8See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Welcome to Introduction to Guitar
In this first lesson, we will take things slow. We will focus on how to choose the right guitar for you and what accessories are essential for any guitar player.


7 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: Getting to Know You
  2. Reading: Connect on Facebook and Twitter
  3. Reading: Meet Your Teaching Assistants
  4. Practice Quiz: What Are Your Goals?
  5. Reading: Learner Support
  6. Reading: Peer Review Assignments
  7. Reading: How to Record Yourself for Your Assignments
  8. Reading: Course Certificates


Acoustic / Electric Guitar and the Basics
In this first lesson, we will take things slow. We will focus on how to choose the right guitar for you and what accessories are essential for any guitar player. We'll also learn the parts of the guitar and get you comfortable with your instrument.


7 videos, 3 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Choosing Acoustic Or Electric Guitar
  2. Video: Choosing the Right Guitar: Right-Handed vs Left-Handed
  3. Video: Essential Accessories for Acoustic Guitar
  4. Video: Essential Accessories for Electric Guitar
  5. Practice Quiz: Essential Accessories
  6. Video: Parts of the Guitar (Electric and Acoustic)
  7. Practice Quiz: Identifying the Parts of the Guitar
  8. Video: Chord Block Diagrams and Fretboard Maps
  9. Reading: Guide to Chord Block Diagrams and Fretboard Maps
  10. Video: A Minor and E Major Chords
  11. Reading: A Minor and E Major Chord Block Diagrams
  12. Practice Quiz: Chord Block Diagrams and Fretboard Maps
  13. Reading: Comparing Major and Minor Chords
  14. Discussion Prompt: Comparing Major and Minor Chords

Graded: Lesson Reflection

WEEK 2


Getting Started: Fundamental Guitar Skills



In this lesson, you will learn how to tune and you will start playing your instrument from the ground up! Be patient and remember: focus on being accurate and play in consistent time with your metronome. These things are far more important than playing with speed.


7 videos, 5 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: String Names and Numbers
  2. Practice Quiz: String Names and Numbers
  3. Video: Tuning Your Guitar with a Tuner
  4. Reading: Online Guitar Tuner from Berklee Online
  5. Video: Tuning Your Guitar by Matching
  6. Video: Tuning Your Guitar with Harmonics
  7. Practice Quiz: Tuning Your Guitar
  8. Video: Picking Technique
  9. Reading: Guide to Picking
  10. Video: Finger Picking
  11. Reading: Guide to Fingerpicking
  12. Practice Quiz: Finger Picking
  13. Video: Strumming the Guitar
  14. Reading: Guide to Strumming
  15. Reading: Exercise: Picking and Strumming
  16. Discussion Prompt: Picking and Strumming

Graded: Lesson Reflection

WEEK 3


The Twelve Half Steps and Basic Notation



While you don’t need to be an expert on music theory to play guitar, it is important to know the basic building blocks of music. With this understanding, music will no longer be shrouded in mystery or complexity. This lesson presents fundamental musical ideas in a fun, non-intimidating way.


4 videos, 2 readings, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Twelve Frets and Twelve Half Steps
  2. Reading: The Note Wheel
  3. Practice Quiz: Twelve Frets and Twelve Half Steps
  4. Video: Notes on the Fretboard
  5. Practice Quiz: Notes on the Fretboard
  6. Video: Rhythm Basics
  7. Practice Quiz: Rhythm Basics
  8. Video: Music Notation and Tablature
  9. Practice Quiz: Music Notation and Tablature
  10. Reading: Exercise: Playing Notes
  11. Discussion Prompt: Playing Notes

Graded: Lesson Reflection

WEEK 4


Scales: Construction and Fingerings



In this lesson, you will dig into scales. Don’t be intimidated. Some of you may have heard of, or practiced, scales. It might have been during piano lessons. Most likely it wasn’t very exciting for you. Hopefully you'll find the approach to scales in lesson 4 much easier and even fun.


6 videos, 2 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Position Playing
  2. Practice Quiz: Position Playing
  3. Video: The Chromatic Scale on a Single String
  4. Video: The Chromatic Scale in First Position
  5. Video: The Chromatic Scale in Other Positions
  6. Practice Quiz: The Chromatic Scale
  7. Video: Major Scales
  8. Video: on Major Scales
  9. Reading: Major Scale Pattern
  10. Practice Quiz: The Major Scale
  11. Reading: Exercise: Playing Scales
  12. Discussion Prompt: Playing Scales

Graded: Lesson Reflection

WEEK 5


Chords: Building Easy Triads and Power Cords



In this lesson, you will use all of the skills you’ve gained from the previous lessons to build the foundation of harmony. You will play certain scale notes at the same time to create chords. Let's look at why chords sound like they do, how to build them, how to easily play chords in open position, and how to play chords that you can move all around the neck.


6 videos, 1 reading, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Major Triad Chords
  2. Practice Quiz: Inversions
  3. Video: Minor Triad Chords
  4. Practice Quiz: Major and Minor Chords
  5. Video: Barre Chords
  6. Video: Power Chords
  7. Video: Reading Chord Charts
  8. Practice Quiz: Chord Block Diagrams
  9. Video: Playing Chords Assignment Example
  10. Reading: Exercise: Playing Chords
  11. Discussion Prompt: Playing Chords

Graded: Lesson Reflection

WEEK 6


Putting it All Together: The Pentatonic Scale and Songs



Now that you have the "science" of the guitar in your fingers, you will learn a couple of songs. You will do this by using melody (from the scales) and harmony (from the chords) we have learned. You will also learn an essential scale for playing melodies and soloing.


6 videos, 1 reading, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: What is the Pentatonic Scale?
  2. Practice Quiz: Pentatonic Scales
  3. Video: Soloing with the Pentatonic Scale
  4. Practice Quiz: Pentatonic Scale Fingerings and Fretboard Maps
  5. Video: Essential Electric Guitar Effects and Amplification
  6. Practice Quiz: Essential Electric Guitar Effects
  7. Video: Pentatonic Song: Blue Guitar Blues
  8. Video: JP Lullaby
  9. Video: Summary
  10. Reading: Course Evaluation

Graded: Playing Songs
Graded: Course Reflection
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