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Private Guitar Lesson Level 1 focuses on the theoretical foundation for guitar performance. Upon completion, you will be able to play chromatic and major scale forms, and understand the chord forms represented by these scales. You will master triads across the fretboard in the most common keys before moving on to four-part chords and arpeggios, and applying this knowledge to a final musical piece under the guidance of the instructor.

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By the end of Private Guitar Lesson Level 1, you will be able to:

  • Play major and chromatic scales in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A in two octaves from the tonic (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play triad chords in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A, starting from the root position across the fretboard in one octave

  • Play triad arpeggios in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A one octave from the root (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play four-part chords from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6, Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13—one form for each

  • Play four-part arpeggios from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7—one octave from root (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Read level-appropriate single note and chords with rhythm notation

  • Perform a piece that is approximately three minutes in length

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Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge, and/or Skills
This course does not have any prerequisites.


  • No textbooks required


  • Electric or acoustic guitar


  • Students are required to capture their instrumental performance, as well as monitor audio output. Options include:
    • Input (one required):
      • Instrument connected directly to audio interface (recommended electric option; alternatively, the microphone options below can be used with amplified instruments)
      • XLR microphone and audio interface (recommended acoustic option)
      • USB microphone
      • Built-in computer/mobile device microphone
    • Output (one required):
      • Headphones (recommended option; required if multitracking and/or input monitoring a microphone)
      • Studio monitors and audio interface
      • Built-in or external speakers
  • Note: Depending on your setup, you may also need XLR/instrument cables and a microphone stand.

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General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Classes. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection


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