Guitar Fundamentals, All Styles

Instructor: Foster

Do you want learn how to teach yourself guitar? Don’t know where to start? No matter whether you are just beginning or already have some skills, this course will show you how. Tuning, proper ergonomics, right-hand picking and fingerstyle, left-hand techniques, rhythm, chords, and scales will all be explored. No matter what kind of music you like, the course will provide the tools to teach yourself for years to come.

Most guitar music is learned by written guitar “tablature” and listening/observation. The course will explain tablature and how to use this method to read and write different chords & rhythm structures. We will also learn how to “play by ear”. These skills and techniques can also be applied to other stringed instruments such as ukulele, mandolin, vihuela, Cuban tres, and requinto.

Note(s): You may bring an acoustic or electric guitar – either steel-string or nylon-string. No Class: 4/15 Instructor Bio: Jon Foster is a Bay Area native. He is a largely a self-taught guitarist with 30 years of experience who is proficient with various guitar styles and techniques such as electric and acoustic flatpicking, classical fingerstyle, and authentic gypsy flamenco fingerstyle techniques. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the history and evolution of the guitar & guitarbased music, including classical, blues, folk, jazz, rock (including hard rock & heavy metal), country, and authentic gypsy flamenco (in Spanish: “flamenco puro”, “flamenco gitano”).
  • Date(s): 4/1-5/27
  • Day(s): Wednesday
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Room 6
  • Sessions: 8 classes
  • Fees: $99
  • Register By: March 27
  • Course Code: 950600

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