Classical Guitar I Schedule

Here's a tentative schedule for the class--I'll be changing some details as the fall quarter approaches.

Treat each week's scheduled material  like a checklist for each time you sit down to practice; don't spend the entire 30 minutes (or more) on one or two things--touch on several items each time you sit down to practice, including studying the textbook. Happy practicing!

Week 1 
  • Rhythm reading:  exercises from Classical Guitar for Beginners, p. 11
  • Introduce free strokes with "P" (right hand thumb),  p.13
Week 2: 

Week 3:

  • Tuning
  • continue  p free strokes on open strings
  • warmup: Rest strokes open strings, left hand position; descending chromatic scale

  • Banana Boat song, chord changes

  • Review p. 16, first string
  • Begin 2nd string, p. 19
    •  string crossings, p. 20
  • Begin all songs, p. 21
  • Begin string 3

By the end of week three, you should 

  • be able to consistently sit properly, hold the guitar correctly, and demonstrate correct hand positions
  • demonstrate correctly played free strokes with p for all the music we are working on
  • use proper left hand technique and fingerings for all the music we are working on
  • have fluency reading notes on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd strings, open 5th, 6th strings
    • Ron will not allow you to use music with note names written in for tests.
  • be very comfortable with all meters and rhythms we have studied, and be able to count out loud for all the music we are working on. 
  • be able to strum evenly while moving from the A-D-E7 chords, as well as D-A7, and be able to form each chords so that it sounds clearly.

Week 4: 

Continue string 3

  • Twinkle, Yanke Doodle, Au Clair de la Lune

Begin Amazing Grace


Thursday: Mid-term exam 

Week 5


Continue String 3: 


  • Twinkle, Yanke Doodle, Au Clair de la Lune


Begin Melody with Bass Accompaniment: p. 24

  • Etude, Slavonic Dance

Rests, Ties, p. 26-27


Continue Amazing Grace with up-down strum


Week 6:

  • Continue Amazing Grace Chord song
  • Begin Music in Two Parts, p. 30
Week 7: 
  • Begin Summertime --"swinging" strum, in key of Am 
  • The Chord Progression
  • Dotted Quarter Note, p. 32

Week 8: Friday--last day to drop with W
Mid-term: Thursday

Notes on the 4th string, p. 38

Week 9:

Notes on the 5th String, p. 40:

  • Soriana, Hymn, Asturias Theme

Sharps and Flats, p. 44, the Natural Sign, p. 46

Week 10: 

Accidentals on Strings 4 and 5, p. 52

Playing Beyond the First Position


Week 11: 

Notes on the 6th String, p. 56

Accidentals on String 6, p. 58

New Finger Combinations, p. 60

Week 12: 
Finals -- no class meetings 


Last Updated: 2/7/17