Guitar Techniques & Methods

Course Number: 188*/3.0 X 3L, 1T (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Music Education

Instructor(s): Mr. Jeff Hanlon

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 5.30-7.00, W: 5.30-7.00

Room: HLH 120

Calendar Description

An introduction to the guitar through class instruction. Fundamental note-playing and chording techniques to accompany singing will be emphasized. Includes the study of ranges, fingerings, transpositions, basic instrument maintenance, method books and teaching techniques. Students must provide their own instruments. Enrolment is limited.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • NOTE Enrolment is limited to students in a MUSC Plan or the B.Mus. Program
  • EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from MUSC 180-189/3.0 (BMUS excepted).

Additional Information

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the guitar for students intending to teach in a class setting. Students will develop and apply basic guitar techniques, including chording, scales, arpeggios, slurs and tremolo, to a variety of musical styles.

Evaluation consists of solo and group performances including a mock Royal Conservatory exam and a Blues guitar “jam”. Students are required to provide their own instruments; a nylon string classical guitar is preferred.

Students will receive 36 hours of instruction in one term. Students will have the opportunity to play in a tutorial/lab/choir/ensemble once per week. During this experience they will learn song leading, elemental conducting, e.g. breathing with the entry, down-beat, cut-off, how to solve problems in a class of beginning musicians, as well as using warm-ups and techniques learned in the class sessions.