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Guitar I

Guitar I Curriculum Description

The Guitar I curriculum assumes the student has had NO previous guitar playing or musical experience. We take absolute beginners through a journey of sequenced assignments covering a broad spectrum of playing techniques. The first semester introduces chord strumming, note reading and bass playing all of which culminate in a trio performance in December.

Guitar I Curriculum by Month

August- chord strumming and song playing
September- chord strumming and note reading
October- note reading and intro to bass playing
November- rehearsing in trio format- your first band!
December- trio recital and E barre chords

January- A barre chords and song playing with barre chords
February- TAB, rock riffs, Major scales, electric guitar performance
March- power chords, finger picking, riff recital
April- arpeggio finger picking, "Guitar Roar" performance
May- rehearsing in trios, trio recital, 5th position note reading, capo/transpsition

Welcome to Leon High Guitar!

Leon offers four levels of year-long class instruction to over 165 students annually. Classes are currently taught by Ed Prasse and Mike Wendeln. Guitar I welcomes all students regardless of previous musical experience. The first week content includes sitting/hand position, learning the D, G and A7 chords, and strumming songs. The Guitar II curriculum presents advancing performance techniques in areas of fingerpicking, string bending, upper position note reading and improvisation. Guitar III/IV executes a performance-based curriculum representing our philosophy of accepting a broad range of styles/genres of music. Technique development, theory and instruction is presented in order to play pieces in Classical, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Pop styles.

Please navigate the content of this site by clicking the level specific links in the left menu bar.