If you’re interested in learning how to play the guitar, this course will help you develop a strong foundation in basic skills, learning the essentials, including tuning the guitar, finding notes and basic chords on the fretboard, proper hand positions, scale fingerings, simple songs, reading music and more! Your instructor will answer questions about equipment selection (guitars, strings, amps, picks, etc.).
Required text: Modern Guitar Method Vol. One, Mel Bay (available at the CJC Bookstore).
Prerequisites: None, for complete beginners! Students must bring a guitar to class.
Saturdays 10 – 11:30 am
1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks)
Danny Caron and Anthony Paule • $415
COURSE TITLE: Beginning Guitar
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students receive a basic foundation in playing guitar, with an introduction to music theory and sight reading.
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Student must own a guitar.
REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Modern Guitar Method Vol. One, Mel Bay (available at CJC Books and Records).
Tuning Guitar, naming strings, basic musical terms, chords introduced.
Playing Chord progressions.
I-VI-II-V in C major.
Reading in the MB book, more chord play.
Songs introduced, more reading and playing.
I-VI-II-V7 in G major.
Picking patterns and strumming rhythms introduced and discussed at length.
“House Of The Rising Sun.”
We read and continue to practice. Blues progressions in E introduced.
We play blues together and learn pentatonic scales. Continue with our songs.
Bar chords are introduced and practiced. More reading in MB.
Lay Lady Lay with bar chords.
Students continue with theory and more progressions and chords.
Class roundup — all students play and discuss final issues and practice regime for future work. More bar chord work.
Danny Caron (guitar)
B.A. in English and Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory; graduate of Howard Roberts Program, Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles. Best known for being music director and guitarist for the legendary pianist and vocalist Charles Brown until his death in 2000. He has played and recorded with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Clifton Chenier, Donald Fagan, Hadda Brooks, Red Callender, and many others.
Anthony Paule (guitar)
A.A. Degree from CCSF. Has toured and/or recorded with Maria Muldaur, Boz Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Barbara Lynn, Earl King, Big Jay McNeely, Johnny Adams and many others. Released three solo albums, “Big Guitar” and “Hiding In Plain Sight” and “You Don’t Know Nothing” the latter with soul singer Frank Bey. Has performed at festivals including Monterey Jazz, Umbria Jazz, San Francisco Blues, Mississippi Valley Blues, Du Maurier Jazz, Waterfront Blues, S.F. Jazz, Atlanta Olympic Games.
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