Guitar, Banjo and Ukulele Program

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BANJO

INTRODUCTION TO BANJO (LMU 0452): If you have ever considered playing the 5-string banjo, this is your opportunity to get started. This class will give you a basic intro-duction to the instrument and even enable you to begin playing songs. Useful chords and right hand techniques will be introduced. This is a great first step for anyone with an interest, particularly if you have not decided on a style to pursue. We can set you on your path to bluegrass or clawhammer playing. Must pro-vide your own instrument.

GUITAR

INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR FOR ADULTS (LMU 0344): This class provides instruction for adult stu-dents who wish to play the guitar. Designed for students with little or no music background, the course relates basic music theory con-cepts to guitar styles. Develops basic perfor-mance skills including note reading and chord formations. Students are expected by the end of the course to be able to play simple short pieces and develop a reasonable under-standing of the instrument and its repertoire. Also offered for credit MUS167-C01. 

GUITAR 1 (LMU 0435): This class is for absolute beginners. Learn the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic, classical or electric guitar. You’ll be introduced to chords, simple strums, and tuning in a fun, laid-back and supportive environment. Learn about the instrument, basic music theory, and elements of rhythm and harmony. We promise that you’ll be making music almost right away! Bring your own guitar, guitar picks, spare set of strings, a three-ring notebook and dividers, and your guitar book.

GUITAR 2 (LMU 0436): Learn new chords, bass runs, arpeggios, and how to use a capo. Explore different rhythms and pick simple melodies. Before taking Gui-tar 2, you should be able to play basic open chords in the keys of A, D, E, and G, smoothly without losing the beat. Bring your own guitar, guitar picks, spare set of strings, a three-ring notebook and dividers, and your guitar book.

GUITAR 3 (LMU 0437): Build proficiency with basic finger picking and flat picking and develop the ability to mem-orize songs. Get more fluent with movable chord shapes and adding dynamics, expres-sions, and arrangements. This class is a good place to start thinking about developing your own voice and getting more comfortable with your instrument. To join this class, students are expected to know all the material covered in GUITAR 1 and GUITAR 2. Bring your own guitar, guitar picks, spare set of strings, a three-ring notebook and dividers, and your guitar book.

GUITAR: SONG REPERTOIRE 1 (LMU 0438): Recommended for those who have completed Guitar 1 or have equivalent skills. Put your ba-sic skills to work in playing songs because this is the most effective method for learning how to play an instrument. This Repertoire class will help you apply your skills and learn new strums and licks with each song you try. Im-prove while singing, playing, and honing your musicianship and performance skills. You may repeat Repertoire classes as many times as you like, as there are dozens of songs to learn at every skill level. Songs change from session to session. Bring your own guitar, guitar picks, spare set of strings, a three-ring notebook and dividers, and your guitar book.

GUITAR: SONG REPERTOIRE 2 (LMU 0439): Recommended for those who have completed Guitar 2 or have equivalent skills. Put your in-termediate skills to work in playing somewhat more challenging songs because this is the most effective method for learning how to play an instrument.  Repertoire classes help you apply your skills and learn new strums and licks with each song you try. Improve while singing, playing, and honing your musician-ship and performance skills. You may repeat Repertoire classes as many times as you like, as there are dozens of songs to learn at every skill level. Songs change from session to ses-sion. No class 9/4. Bring your own guitar, guitar picks, spare set of strings, a three-ring notebook and dividers, and your guitar book.

GUITAR: SONG REPERTOIRE 3 (LMU 0440): Recommended for those who have complet-ed Guitar 3 or have equivalent skills. Once you have developed skills in the guitar class-es, you will want to put them to use in songs because this is the most effective method to learn how to play an instrument and improve your skills. Repertoire classes help you ap-ply your skills and learn new strums and licks with each song you try. Improve while singing, playing, and honing your musicianship and performance skills. You may repeat Repertoire classes as many times as you like, as there are dozens of songs to learn at every skill lev-el. Songs change from session to session. Bring your own guitar, guitar picks, spare set of strings, a three-ring notebook and dividers, and your guitar book

UKULELE

EASY UKULELE (LMU 0301): The ukulele is a fantastic first, second or even third instrument. It provides an excellent in-troduction to all stringed instruments and can serve as a gateway to learning guitar, mandolin, banjo, and many others. Students will learn instrument care, history, tuning, and playing techniques taught through songs in a wide range of styles, from traditional Hawaiian through contemporary popular music. Melod-ic playing, chord accompaniment, improvisa-tion, and even songwriting will be developed through playing together as a class. You must be age 17 or older. Location: 1685 W Higgins Rd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 (847) 885-7500

UKULELE PLEASURE: GROUP CLASS FOR ADULT BEGINNERS (LMU 0180): Learn how to play the ukulele, the most lov-able little four-stringed instrument. You will learn a variety of pieces from different genres including classical, popular, spiritual, blues, jazz, and holiday. Students are expected by the end of the course to be able to play simple short pieces and develop a reasonable under-standing of the instrument and its repertoire. Instruments may be provided for the whole duration of the course. 

Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.