Folk Guitar in Culture across Time

Professor Lee Anna Rasar

Course Description

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.