Fundamental Guitar Course (Level 1 , 2)
This fundamental guitar course was designed for all new starters who wants to pick up the acoustic guitar or electric guitar. The fundamentals of both types of guitar are generally the same. Our guitar classes can be catered for individual 1 to 1 learning or a group class of max size 3. If you are thinking of sending your child for guitar classes, we generally recommend kids to start after 5 years old. And if you are wondering if I'm too old to learn the guitar, currently our oldest student is 67 years old. As the saying goes, learning never stops. :)
At Guitar Emerge, as a specialised guitar school in Singapore, we take pride that we have our own syllabus and notes that we will provide every lesson. With a structured syllabus, we will also encourage you to provide your favourite songs, so that we can use those songs in our lessons as well. This will make learning more exciting and keeps the interest going especially for a young child.
Here are some of the topics we will cover in our guitar lessons:
1) Chords / Power Chords
Guitar Chords are one of the main things guitarist learn at the start. With 4 chords, one can play over one hundred songs. To make you a good guitarist, stopping at 4 chords is not enough. We will cover at least 25 different chords in this 2 levels of the fundamental guitar course.
2) Open scales (major, minor, pentatonic)
Why do need need to learn scales at the fundamental level? Scales are essentially the notes available to you to play melodies. With the knowledge of scales, you can create your own melodies as well. We will cover at least 10 different scales (major, minor, pentatonic etc) in both levels of the fundamental guitar course.
3) Different strumming patterns
Being able to strum different patterns allows you to play many different songs. It makes the song lively and interesting. Different time signature will also require different kinds of strumming patterns. We will cover at least 10 strumming patterns in both levels of the fundamental guitar course.
4) Different plucking patterns
Plucking creates a softer and sweeter mood to a song. Having a good grasp and foundation of plucking the guitar is a good step towards learning fingerstyle guitar. Fingerstyle guitar is a style where the chords, bass, melody, rhythm is all played at the same time on the guitar. We will cover 3 plucking patterns in both levels of the fundamental guitar course.
With knowledge of scales learnt, melodies will be taught through the 2 levels. These melodies are from popular songs you hear on radios and also classic timeless songs from the past. Starting with the use of just 1 string to create melodies, we will slowly use more strings on the guitar to play harder melodies.
6) Music Theory / Knowledge of Guitar
To provide a holistic guitar musical education, we cannot neglect Music Theory. At this level, we will cover simple basic music theory, notes on the guitar, how to read tabs etc
Everyone gets put off when they hear a singer sing out of tune. Similarly, if our guitars are not tuned, the chords/melodies we play will sound off. We will be teaching the students how to tune with electronic tuners and also tune with notes on the guitar.
8) Exam Certification
Everyone has different goals when learning the guitar. Some learn for fun and leisure, some learn to get a certification. If you are keen for certification, at the end of level 1, you will be able to take the Initial grade Exam. At the end of level 2 , you will be able to take Grade 1 & 2 Exam.