Guitar Basics | Western Style | Guitar Teacher Teaches How To Play The Guitar

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Sanjay
Last Name
Chandrakanth
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Course Summary

This course is the first step forward for any guitar enthusiast wishing to learn the instrument, guitar. It touches on the elementary and rudimentary factors of guitar playing, that are absolutely essential for students to progress and enhance their guitar playing abilities, both professionally or as a hobby. 

Course Duration
24 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Google Hangout
Individuals
US$24.00
per week per student
1 week =
1
sessions
1 session(s) =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Sanjay
Last Name
Chandrakanth
Number of years of relevant experience
35 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
guitar
Electric Guitar
Rock

Description

This beginners course in guitar is a must learn course for students interested in progressing to become a guitarist, be it to satiate their urge for pursuing a hobby or progressing professionally. This course will begin with the very basics about the guitar, its physical attributes and terminology, the types of guitars available, the correct posture when holding the guitar as well as the right and left-hand coordination. Further on the course will educate students about the different roles played by a lead guitarist, bass and rhythm guitarist. Moving on further, the course will dwell upon the theoretical aspects of scales and chords, educating students about major, minor scales and chords on the guitar. It would teach students chordal accompaniment, meaning, the part a guitarist plays when someone is playing the melody or soloing. The course will continue by providing students know-how about comping that derives from the word complement and means the effort of the guitarist to complement or support a musician’s improvised solo or melody lines. It will then educate students about, time signatures, strumming, which relate to the action of the guitarist making a sweeping action, where a fingernail or plectrum brushes across all strings in order to set them into motion. The course in its later stages will train students on finger-friendly techniques such as flat-picking and dynamic control with the playing hand, finally concluding with training on the practice routines and basic guitar maintenance. 

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course tailored by Sanjay Chandrakanth: Specialization Course on Guitar | Western Style

About Sanjay Chandrakanth: Adept at playing different styles of music, be it blues, rock, jazz, funk or sufi, Sanjay’s heart lies with classic rock. His knowledge about music, especially the guitar has been honed through 3 decades of dedication. Inspired by legends such as Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Gary Moore and Joe Satriani, Sanjay has been a member of umpteen bands through the 80’s, when rock culture was still in its nascent stage in the country. Having mastered the guitar, Sanjay now dedicates his efforts towards imparting the treasure trove of knowledge he has accumulated through the years. Sanjay’s intent at sharing his best with his students and everyone else keen to learn about the guitar helped him develop this digital tutoring module for guitar. Sanjay currently oversees his guitar tutoring firm ‘Stringdom’, as mentor.

Value Additions

This course is best suited for people who are looking for how to learn guitar for beginners and who then wish to master the guitar. The tutor with more than 3 decades of guitar playing and teaching experience educates you intricately and in detail about all aspects of the guitar, right from the posture, key notes, tuning and basic notes. This course is an enabler for anyone wishing to pick up the guitar as a hobby or profession, to create a strong foundation to build upon.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

This course provides students with all the theoretical understanding about the guitar lessons for beginners online. The faculty with his immense knowledge spanning decades makes learning fun and long lasting. He gives a step by step insight into the various aspects of guitar playing, be it the physical attributes of the guitar, scales and chords, playing styles, tuning or for that matter the basic upkeep required to keep the guitar in good shape.

 

Prerequites
  • Needs to own an acoustic guitar in playable condition
  • Basic knowledge of communicating in English
  • No physical impairments/setbacks, especially with regard to finger/phalange movement, wrist rotation, elbow joints & overall arm movements
  • Proper eyesight to read/write music notes & related symbols
  • Ensuring availability of time to practice the guitar exercises at least for an hour everyday

Schedule Weekly

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Section A
Sun 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM America/New_York
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Section B
Sun 09:45 PM - 10:45 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section C
Wed 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM America/New_York
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Section D
Sun 12:30 AM - 01:30 AM America/New_York
1 Seats
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FAQs

Question
Which type of guitar, acoustic or electric suits best for learning rock guitar solos?
Answer
It is essential to learn rock guitar solos on an electric guitar, barring a few songs that may have been written to be performed on an acoustic guitar. The feel & playing discipline on an electric guitar is different from that of an acoustic guitar. On an electric guitar, whatever you play gets amplified. If you happen to touch unwanted open strings that would also get amplified. Hence it is essential to learn on an electric guitar, if you choose to play rock style of genres.

Question
What kind of strings should my electric guitar have?
Answer
It is important to use the ideal gauge of strings on your electric guitar, because the gauge of strings affects the sound of your guitar & the playability. It is advisable to use Light Gauge Strings of gauges .009 thru .042 since these gauges work for all type of electric guitar bridges, including the floating, 2-way whammy bar one. Mentioned gauges are best suited for rock-style of playing.
Question
What do I need to get started, besides my electric guitar?
Answer
Yes, besides the electric guitar, the student would need to have: Guitar Amplifier & Speaker (or a Combo Cube), Effects, Processor / Analog Pedals, Guitar Tuner, Guitar Capo, Guitar Pick and Guitar Strap.
Question
Would my fingers hurt as a beginner playing the guitar?
Answer
No pain, no gain! Initially, the student is likely to experience some pain on the fingertips/joints. It is recommended that the student takes a break from guitar practice, if he/she is experiencing continuous pain. However, once the pain threshold is overcome, the pressure you apply on pressing/bending/picking the strings kind of gets converted into muscle memory and there’s no more pain!
Question
How does the student gets the most out of the practice time?
Answer
Plan/schedule your practice routine diligently. Avoid practicing the easy exercises which are in your comfort zone – you need to practice the hard ones, where you face difficulties. Keep practicing varied exercises / songs / solos, which will break the likelihood of monotony setting in. More detailed inputs are available later in this document under the topic.
Question
How much time should a student devote to practicing daily?
Answer
In order to play effectively, a student is required to practice at least 60 minutes in a day, which could be split into not more than 2 slots of 30 minutes each. The importance of practice plays a huge role while playing/performing – the more time one spends with the instrument, the more dexterity he/she can develop. Given below are some very valuable pointers with regard to practice routine, which are excerpts from an interview with a progressive-rock guitarist: 1) Have a goal. Say to yourself, “During this hour I’m going to master this passage.” There’s nothing wrong with noodling—it can actually produce some of the best ideas—but you’ll get a lot more out of your practice time if you have an agenda; 2) Vary your practicing. Don’t get stuck in a rut. If you started yesterday’s practice playing arpeggios, start today’s with scales. Also, try to make a song out of what you’re practicing to help break the tedium; 3) Use a metronome or a drum machine or sequencer, if you have one. Whatever you use is fine; what’s important is that you learn how to play in time; 4) Go easy. It’s all about training the tiny muscles in your hands. Start slow, relax and don’t press hard. When you watch your favourite guitarists play, notice how little their hands and fingers move sometimes. The economy of motion can’t be overemphasized; and 5) Record yourself. After you’ve practiced for an hour or so, turn down the lights and record yourself playing. Improvise and go nuts, then playback what you’ve recorded and listen for your strengths and weaknesses.
Question
What extras will I get?
Answer
1. Tablature Score Sheets in PowerTab format 2. Music Transcription Score Sheets 3. Chord Charts 4. PDF/JPG Images 5. PowerPoint Slides 6. Video Clips (could also include slow-mo close-up clips) 7. Audio Clips (of the lesson/solo/song) 8. Guitar Backing Tracks in mp3 format 9. WhatsApp/Voice Notes/Recordings 10. Other relevant reference material.
Question
Do you have any other expectations from students who enroll for this course?
Answer
Practice regularly – make time for practice routines & follow them religiously; Stay committed – you might face a few obstacles off & on when you begin your relationship with the guitar, however if you are committed, there’s no looking back; Avoid missing classes – stick to your class schedules; Listening to music is essential – develop a habit of listening to music on a regular basis, if you haven’t already; Care for your gear – meticulously maintain your guitar, equipment & accessories; Need the students to remember that music is an ocean, once you start the process of learning, you will continue to learn through your lifetime.
Question
What if the student cannot attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.

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