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Guitar for Beginners

Berklee College of Music via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Music
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You'll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory.

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.

Taught by

Thaddeus Hogarth

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Reviews for Coursera's Guitar for Beginners
4.5 Based on 17 reviews

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  • 3 stars 12%
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Anonymous
4.0 4 years ago
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Good basic intro to guitar for someone who has barely held the instrument. It starts you with just two chords. Then a few scales. But the last part is suddenly very difficult for a beginner, a whole lot of chords including barre chords, and only one week to learn them! That sudden excessive workload is why I give 4 stars. But it gives you lots to keep working on after course end.

To fully participate you need a way to record and upload your efforts. I used a digital recorder that connects to the computer via USB. Some people use their phone. Some have recording software on the computer.

The time I took it, fellow students were very gentle and encouraging in peer grading, which is appropriate for raw beginners.
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Soumik C
5.0 5 years ago
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Excellent course for Guitar beginners. Each part is thoroughly explained and if you have any doubt there will always be the discussion forum for help.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
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This is a great course, well thought out and presented.
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Aana completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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