How to Use This Course
Jerry Jennings, recording artist, performer, and teacher, brings you guitar lessons through SchoolhouseTeachers.com through the use of videos, diagrams, and downloadable pages. These lessons are suitable for any age from elementary through high school, or any adult member of the family. Students will learn the fundamentals of the guitar, including tuning and basic chords. Students then progress to scales, triads, and more. By the end of the course, students will be able to play simple pieces. While this is an introductory course, students will learn many of the basics they will need to progress as a guitarist and will also have a chance to determine just how interested they are in the work that is involved in progressing in this area. Lessons should be followed in order as the difficulty increases with each lesson. This course counts as a music elective credit. Students who complete the 28 lessons can earn 0.5 academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
Are your children interested in learning how to play the guitar? They can join recording artist Jerry Jennings as he leads students through an introductory course that will enable them to play simple pieces by the time they are finished. He teaches the fundamentals of the guitar such as the individual parts and tuning, basic chords, the minor and major pentatonic scales, strumming, and picking. As the course progresses, he provides lessons that focus on more advanced topics such as blues riffs, triads, bar chords, and using capos. Through the use of videos, diagrams, and downloadable pages from his own books, your child is sure to develop a love for the guitar that will, hopefully, fuel a desire to build upon the basics.
A personal note from Jerry Jennings:
As you work through these lessons, I’m hoping you find it enjoyable. And most of all, I’m hoping that you receive the tools to continue playing. The biggest thrill for me is to find that one of my students becomes a performer or recording artist. Get a vision. Shoot high! Listen to a lot of music and try to learn it. Jam with friends. And feel free to do all the reviewing you need on our existing lessons.
Feel free to check out my music instruction books/CDs/DVDs:
Guitar 1 Start Out Jammin’ – Beginner Guitar (Book & DVD)
Classic Rock Rudiments for Lead Guitar – Learn to Play Lead Guitar! (Book & DVD)
The Guitarist’s Link to Sight Reading – #1 Guide to Understanding Guitar Studio Charts
The Bassist’s Link to Sight Reading – #1 Guide to Understanding Bass Studio Charts
The Drummer’s Link to Sight Reading – #1 Guide to Understanding Drum Studio Charts
Instruction through video, diagrams, and downloadable pages from instructor’s own music books.
Week 1 – Familiarize Yourself with the Guitar, Chords (G and D)
Week 2 – Chords (A Minor and C)
Week 3 – Natural Notes on the Neck
Week 4 – F Chord
Week 1 – New Chord, E minor
Week 2 – Minor Pentatonic Scale
Week 3 – New Strum Pattern
Week 4 – A Chord, Pick-Strum Pattern
Week 1 – Review Minor Pentatonic Scale
Week 2 – Julia’s Song
Week 1 – Lesson for Sunny Side Up
Week 2 – Construction of a Major Scale
Week 3 – Power Chords
Week 4 – Playing on Upbeats
Week 1 – Return of the Pentatonic
Week 2 – 12-Bar Blues
Week 3 – Introducing Scales and Triads
Week 4 – Major Scale
Week 1 – Triads Continued
Week 2 – Blues Riff in G
Week 3 – The Pentatonic Scale
Week 1 – Writing a Song with Chords in the Key of C
Week 2 – Shuffle, E Blues
Week 3 – Using Capos—Super Fun Device
Week 4 – E Blues Strum Pattern
Week 1 – Bar Chords
Week 2 – Diagonal Shape for the Minor Pentatonic
Week 3 – Major Pentatonic
For a printable course outline, click here.
This course counts as a music elective credit. Students who complete the 28 lessons can earn 0.5 academic credit.