Finger-Picking Class 1

New Class Beginning

May 1st 2017

(Monday’s at 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Jamie Findlay

 

Course Description

  • For the beginner to the more intermediate student, or for anyone wanting to get to the basics of Finger-style guitar. Students will explore and discover various finger-style patterns in a variety of styles, including Classical, Folk, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, as well as learn basic applications to single note and chordal application.

Course Content Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn Basic Finger-style Patterns applied to folk, country, and pop music.
  • Students will choose two of five songs to work on and perform over the course of 10 weeks.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform ‘bottom line exercises’ on a weekly basis.

Class Requirements

  • Class Attendance
  • Guitar for class (preferable acoustic, but not necessary)
  • Desire to improve overall ability on Guitar
  • Passion to advance in a variety of styles and approaches on guitar

Weekly Schedule

Section 1: Emphasis on Right Hand Technique

  • Week 1
    • Right Hand Fingering, understand P-I-M-A and apply sequences and Right hand patterns.
    • Finger Picking patterns
    • Romanza, 1st Part
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 1 & 2
  • Week 2
    • Scale Patterns
    • Play scale patterns with variety of Rt. hand patterns
    • Practice Chord-Scale-Arpeggio-Chord standard Exercise
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 3 & 4
  •  Week 3
    • Alternating Basslines applied to basic Chord Structures and Song
    • Progressions
    • Freight Train – Elizabeth Cotton
    • Romanza, 2nd Part
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 11 & 12

Section 2, Emphasis on Song Style and Repertoire

  • Week 4
    • JS Bach (Minuet in G, Jesu, Joy of Man’s… prelude in C)
    • Here Comes the Sun
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 7 & 8
    • Basslines with Chords – 2 beat
  • Week 5
    • Here Comes the Sun – variations
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 20 & 24
    • Basslines with Chords – walking
  • Week 6
    • Layla – Eric Clapton
    • Review
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 28 & 29

Section 3: Emphasis on Performance

  • Week 7
    • The Boxer
    • Latin and Brazilian feel
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 31 & 32
    • Bach Violin excerpt ‘allegro assai’ & ‘Suite 6 Prelude”
  • Week 8
    • Girl from Ipanema
    • One Note Samba
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 39 & 51
  • Week 9
    • Giuliani Right Hand Study 52 & 54
    • Review and preparation for final performances

Final Recital

  • Week 10
    • Student chooses a song (or songs) to perform for their final performance, with approval of instructor.

Songs:

The Boxer
‘Blowin’ in the Wind

Walking Basslines Freight Train Bach Pieces

Prelude Allegro Assai Minuet Jesu…

Johnny Cash Bossa Nova

straight

with alt. bassline Samba

straight
with alt. bassline