Course Description

In this 12-week journey, we will embark on a comprehensive exploration of the acoustic guitar, tailored specifically for singers who wish to accompany themselves or others. Whether you're a seasoned vocalist looking to enhance your performances with guitar accompaniment or a beginner seeking to develop both singing and guitar skills simultaneously, this course is designed to provide you with the necessary tools and techniques to become a proficient acoustic guitarist and vocalist.
Throughout this course, we will cover a wide range of topics, including basic chord progressions, rhythmic strumming patterns, fingerstyle techniques, and song interpretation. Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, practice exercises, and apply your knowledge through hands-on activities and performance-based assignments.
Our goal is not only to help you become a skilled guitarist but also to empower you as a versatile and expressive musician. Whether you dream of performing on stage, writing your own songs, or simply enjoying music in your own home, this course will equip you with the skills and confidence to achieve your goals.

So, whether you're a singer looking to expand your musical repertoire or a guitarist eager to enhance your vocal accompaniment abilities, I invite you to join me on this exciting journey through the world of acoustic guitar for singers.

Let's unlock your musical potential together and embark on a transformative musical adventure!

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to the Acoustic Guitar
Overview of the acoustic guitar and its components
Basic techniques for holding and tuning the guitar.
Introduction to strumming patterns and chord changes

Week 2: Basic Chords and Progressions
Study of essential open chords (G, C, D, E, A, Am)
Practice exercises to develop chord transitions.
Introduction to common chord progressions in popular music

Week 3: Rhythm Techniques
Exploration of rhythmic strumming patterns
Study of percussive techniques (e.g., palm muting, string slapping)
Application of rhythm techniques in accompanying vocals

Week 4: Fingerstyle Basics
Introduction to fingerstyle technique
Study of basic fingerpicking patterns
Practice exercises to develop finger coordination and independence

Week 5: Melodic Playing
Techniques for playing melody lines on the guitar.
Study of scales and intervals relevant to melodic playing
Application of melodic playing in accompanying vocals and solo performance

Week 6: Song Interpretation
Analysis of popular songs for acoustic guitar and vocals
Understanding song structure and dynamics
Techniques for interpreting and arranging songs for solo performance

Week 7: Performance Preparation
Practice strategies for improving performance skills.
Tips for managing stage fright and nerves.
Rehearsal techniques for effective live performance

Week 8: Vocal Accompaniment
Techniques for accompanying vocals with guitar
Study of harmony and vocal harmonization
Application of vocal accompaniment techniques in duets and group settings

Week 9: Advanced Chords and Techniques
Study of advanced chord voicings and substitutions
Introduction to barre chords and movable chord shapes
Exploration of advanced fingerstyle techniques

Week 10: Songwriting and Composition
Techniques for writing songs on acoustic guitar
Study of songwriting structures and lyric writing
Collaboration exercises for co-writing songs with other musicians

Week 11: Recording and Performance
Introduction to home recording techniques for acoustic guitar and vocals
Tips for preparing for studio recording sessions
Strategies for promoting and booking live performances

Week 12: Final Project and Review
Completion of a final project showcasing acquired skills and knowledge
Review of key topics covered throughout the course
Reflection on personal growth and development as a guitarist and vocalist


Learner Outcomes

The Acoustic Guitar for Singers course offers aspiring musicians a comprehensive foundation in acoustic guitar playing and vocal accompaniment. Through hands-on instruction, practical exercises, and performance opportunities, students will develop the skills and confidence to express themselves through music. Whether you're a singer-songwriter, aspiring performer, or simply passionate about music, this course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to unlock your musical potential. Join us on this journey of creativity, expression, and discovery with the acoustic guitar!



Bring an acoustic guitar and a tuner.
Ages 15+

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Section Title
Acoustic Guitar for Singers (Ages 15+)
Online: With Live Meetings
5:00PM to 6:00PM
Sep 10, 2024 to Nov 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $299.00
Section Notes

Minimum 4, Maximum 12

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