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Folk Guitar in Culture across Time

Professor Lee Anna Rasar

This course teaches how to play guitar, starting from scratch, and how to tune the guitar. It includes procedures for basic care and maintenance of the guitar. Major, minor, major 7 and minor 7 chords are taught. Finger picking and strumming patterns are taught along with how to play melody notes by reading musical notation. Musical improvisation is learned in different ethnic styles on guitar. Stylistically correct accompaniments from other cultures are learned for specific songs. The course includes a survey of the history and role of guitar in different cultures across time, including an examination of ethical considerations that come from a study of political/social issues associated with guitar in different cultures.

Meet the Professor!

Lee Anna Rasar is a music therapist who plays in several musical groups and witnesses the power and importance of folk music on a daily basis in her work. She and her students see over 1000 people in the Chippewa Valley weekly in venues such as long term care centers, the Eau Claire County Jail, the Northwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Sacred Heart Hospital, public schools and people?s own homes and apartments to provide music for therapeutic purposes. She has received over 80 grants, many of which involved students in research in these venues. Lee Anna is a Professor in the Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts at UW ? Eau Claire. She also has been teaching guitar courses for 26 years. She received a grant from the UW ? System to integrate guitar styles from other cultures in the guitar courses.