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June 26, 2023

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 

This course does not have any prerequisites.

Required Textbook(s)

  • None required

Software Requirements

  • A recording tool is provided within the course that will allow students to record videos of themselves playing for assignment submission. Alternatively, students can use a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet to record assignments.

Hardware Requirements

  • Audio interface

After enrolling, please check the Getting Started section of your course for potential deals on required materials. Our Student Deals page also features several discounts you can take advantage of as a current student. Please contact for any questions.

General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Chats. 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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