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Revision Date: 26-Feb-20

Guitar I

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

An introduction to basic picking, fingerpicking, chords, rhythms, bass lines, and accompanying vocals on the six-string guitar. Includes such styles as folk, blues, rock, jazz, country, and classical. Students are introduced to music theory, notation, and history related to guitar. Access to a guitar is required. Open to students with no previous musical training.

Essential Objectives:

1. Develop and maintain a regular musical practice.
2. Develop and apply basic plectrum (pick) and fingerpicking techniques.
3. Sight-read simple melodies and apply open chord shapes and rhythms.
4. Play pieces in a variety of styles which may include: folk, blues, rock, classical and reggae.
5. Discuss basic music theory and notation as it relates to the guitar, including chord symbols and guitar tablature.
6. Listen to and analyze a variety of guitar players and styles.


The class will work on fundamental technique exercises to develop a relaxed and fluid picking style. We will learn basic music theory and notation and apply these skills to playing songs in a variety of styles. We will address lead, rhythm, fingerstyle, and bass approaches to the material.Considerable time will be devoted to developing a short set (~ 3 tunes) for a group performance at the end of the semester. Homework will consist of practicing exercises and songs, learning terminology and notation, and developing a working knowledge of the fretboard.

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance/Participation/Assignments/Quizzes 55% (graded weekly on a scale of 0-10)
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Exam 15%
Group Performance 15%

Grading Criteria:

A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=below 60


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.


The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance Policy: Attendance and commitment are vital for a successful class.

1. More than two unexcused absences will result in an "F" for a final grade.Three late arrivals will be considered an unexcused absence.

2. Excused absences include serious illness, death in the family, and hazardousdriving conditions. Arrangements can be made to make up excused absences.Please email, text, or telephone me as soon as possible if missing class.

3. Students are responsible for keeping up with the material covered in class regardless of their attendance.


CCV Guitar 1 Syllabus – Summer 2020 - Greg Matses

Note:to comply with CCV’s credit hour policy, allow 1.25 hours/day minimum practice time, 6 days/week to successfully complete the course requirements.

Week 1: introductions / guitar basics / tuning
right & left hand technique / alternate picking / alternation
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 6-11, 67 (bottom), 68-73
practice The Hands of Time daily w/metronome ! **(for the duration of the semester)
practice tuning …

Week 2: rhythm notation – time signatures, notes & rests
chords / strumming
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 74-75, 79, 88-90, 92-93, 95
Rhythm Notation Exercises
Open Chords & Rhythms

Week 3: song(s) #1
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 12-15, 91 (top), 96
practice song(s) #1

Week 4: pitch – staff notation
sight-reading: strings 1 & 2
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 16-21, 66-67, 103
Music Notation Exercises #1
1st (E) & 2nd (B) String Note Reading and Songs
practice song(s) / exercises

Week 5: sight-reading: strings 3 & 4
ties & dots
song(s) #2: 1950’s progression
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 22-25, 93
3rd (G) & 4th (D) String Note Reading and Songs
Music Notation Exercises #2
practice song(s) #2 / exercises

Week 6: half & whole steps / octaves
accidentals (sharps, flats, naturals) / chromatic scale
sight-reading: strings 5 & 6
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 103
Music Notation Exercises #3
5th (A) & 6th (E) String Note Reading and Songs
practice exercises / songs

Week 7: Slurs (hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, etc.)
articulation / syncopation
song(s) #3: Cuban rhythms
midterm review
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 94 (bottom), 141-143, 157
practice song(s) #2 / exercises
study for midterm – Midterm Review

Week 8: midterm exam
performance piece(s)
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 116-117, 71, 91 (bottom)
practice harmonics
practice performance piece(s)

Week 9: scales & keys / improvisation
song(s) #4 / bass lines
reggae rhythms
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 104-105, 108-109
Major Scale Patterns and Improvisation & the Lead Guitarist
song(s) #4 / performance piece(s)

Week 10: fingerstyle/fingerpicking – alternating bass
song(s) #5:
chord spellings
muting techniques
song(s) #6: classic rock
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 26-29, 80-81
song(s) #5
Music Notation Exercises #4
song(s) #6 / performance pieces

Week 11: notes on the neck
power chords / riffs
song(s) #7: alternative rock
triplets / swing feel
song(s) #8:
minor pentatonic & blues scale improvisation
final review
Homework: The Guitar Handbook – read pages 68-69, 156-157, 94 (top), 97, 113 (top), 144-145
song(s) #7
study for final – Guitar 1 Final Review
song(s) #8 / performance pieces

Week 12: final exam
Performance preparations

The class will participate in a short group performance (~ 3 pieces) during the final week of the course.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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