Introduction to Guitar

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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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 techniqu...
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.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 12 reviews
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4 years, 8 months ago
As a beginner, it was exactly what I expected. From 0 to 80 (out of 100), it few weeks. Teaches you basics of music theory, harmony, notes, simple chords, power chords.. I highly recommend it for beginners.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 16 reviews
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5 years, 10 months ago
This a fun class to take if you are just starting out with guitar. You will be required to create a soundcloud account and post recordings of you playing for peer-review assignments.
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1/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 12 months ago
This was my first MOOC and it was lame. I had completed the first week's work in about 15 minutes. Then the jump with material in the second week was ridiculous. There were errors throughout. Hopefully I can take a course in the future that is really complete and provides an enriching experience. I appreciate that it is free but I would rather pay for quality than have a free course that is a waste of my time.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
The teacher is amazing and the videos do a wonderful job of explaining with a combination of questions, pictures, and him directly showing you.
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Robert Gonzalez profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
I am a professional musician, I play the electric bass. I thought it would be fun to take this course, and I wasn't disappointed. Be prepared for "peer" review, it is sometime trying. I leaned more that I thought I might, old dog new tricks. I do recommend this course.
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sage profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
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6 years, 6 months ago
this is perfect course for someone who have no prior knowledge of playing guitar or some one who tried to learn guitar from a friend and failed. If you are a decent player then you can join too to get some technical knowledge.The course may starts slow at first and seems there is a bit more technical knowledge/talk and a bit less music.But, I assure you everything comes together at the end. The more course progress the more music starts and the more you appreciate technical stuff said at the beginning. Highly recommended ,JOIN the class.
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5/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
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6 years, 7 months ago
I'm a Berklee alum, professional musician, and teacher. I took this course for some new ideas on presenting material to beginner students. I have seen better ways to learn guitar when you are first starting, but it's a fun course. Some of the chord symbol sheets were misleading though. Also when dealing with amateurs, there's a lot of crap on the peer reviews. Some guy gave me a 0 on a passage played perfectly just because I played it "fast". Some people have no clue what they are talking about. Also a lot of the people taking this course are on acoustic guitar and hate when people use electrics/effects on their recordings. I used a drum machine as backing track for one exercise and some kid called it "annoying", yet he was probably one of the ones about an 8th note behind playing with a metronome!
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
  • 6 completed
6 years, 10 months ago
When I first saw the announcement for this course I was puzzled. I've completed several MOOCs before, but can you actually learn playing an instrument in a MOOC? Well, I always wanted to play the guitar so I signed up. For participating in the course you need: • a guitar (electric or acoustic) • means of tuning the instrument (electronic tuner, smartphone app, tuning fork, pitch pipe) • some way of recording (pickup or table microphone, smartphone app) • time to practice (ideally 1-2 hours a day, in the beginning divided into 5-10 minute units to avoid overstraining your fingers and wrists) • patience with yourself and your body ;-) So how does this course work? The instructor provides a few short lecture videos each week containing just a little bit of music theory and a demonstration of what you are supposed to practice during the coming week. There are some short quizzes, that can be repeated as often as necessary and for the peer... When I first saw the announcement for this course I was puzzled. I've completed several MOOCs before, but can you actually learn playing an instrument in a MOOC? Well, I always wanted to play the guitar so I signed up. For participating in the course you need: • a guitar (electric or acoustic) • means of tuning the instrument (electronic tuner, smartphone app, tuning fork, pitch pipe) • some way of recording (pickup or table microphone, smartphone app) • time to practice (ideally 1-2 hours a day, in the beginning divided into 5-10 minute units to avoid overstraining your fingers and wrists) • patience with yourself and your body ;-) So how does this course work? The instructor provides a few short lecture videos each week containing just a little bit of music theory and a demonstration of what you are supposed to practice during the coming week. There are some short quizzes, that can be repeated as often as necessary and for the peer reviewed assignments you have to record yourself playing the practice exercises on the guitar (e.g. different picking styles, scales, simple melodies, barre chords, powerchords) and upload it to an online platform (soundcloud.com). Your final grade is based on quiz results (50%) and peer reviewed assignments (50%) . The concept of peer grading in MOOCs is often criticized for being unfair and unhelpful - so does it work in this course? Well, yes and no. No because you'll always have some jerks among your peers who mark you down without leaving any hint what they didn't like or what you could do better next time. So the feedback (or the lack thereof) is not always helpful and the grade you get from your peers is not necessarily fair. However, in this course the peer graded assignments are essential because they make you practice. If you are a total beginner (like me) you initially simply can't do the assignment, only after practicing it for a few days you are able to provide a recording that is not (too) embarrassing. So for me the peer assignments provided a remarkable motivation and though the tasks were really challenging (especially the last two weeks) I made noticeable progress. I also found the forums in this course extremely helpful, which is not always the case in MOOCs. My fellow students provided great tips for practicing and links to wonderful apps and tutorials that will keep me busy for a long time. So after the 6 weeks I'd certainly not say that I can really play the guitar, but I do have an idea what to practice, how to practice and I feel confident that I will continue to practice. I have fun with my current skills and will have even greater fun when I get better.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 9 months ago
It changed my point of view about what is it to play a guitar. I still need to practice more to "sound great" but at least I start to "sound good" Also now I know what I need to practice which was something I really have no idea before. For me was a very rewarding course, I was able to get a little better with every week, and was able to play longer because you develop calluses at your finger tips that eventually protect them for the string friction. I didn't have idea about how much theory exist around playing a guitar, fortunately the professor do knows how to explain the reasons why the things are the way they are and put you to practice pertinent exercises. I do not why there are so many peers that are very strict in the peer review, but I usually get very useful observations and the forums were always very active and engaging. This is a great course in my opinion.
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