Bantam Studios' guitar program gives adult students who have never touched a guitar before an opportunity to explore the wide range of playing opportunities on the instrument.  Over the four-class curriculum, students will learn how to master first position and barre chords, learn chord progressions and how to read a lead sheet, learn advanced picking techniques, develop a repertoire of songs, and will have the experience of improvising and playing in an ensemble with their classmates.  This one-year course is designed to teach students the necessary skills to join the Bantam Studios Folk Jam.

Guitar Beginner
Course LEvel 101

Guitar Beginner is an introductory course that teaches the basic set-up fundamentals of playing the guitar. At the end of this 8-week course students will have learned how to hold the guitar, develop a solid, consistent tone, learn the A, C, D, E, F and G major chords, learn to play the E Major Scale, learn to play with a pick, learn common strumming patterns, and learn the chord progressions for Free Falling, Brown Eyed Girl, Heart of Gold, and Bad Moon Rising. Students will learn about famous guitar players with notable and unconventional careers in a short lecture at the beginning of each class.

Techniques Covered: 
E Major Scale on one string, Fretting and Left Hand Technique, a Basic Vocabulary of First Position Chords and Common Strumming Patterns, Playing with a Pick, Basic Rhythmic Notation, Instrument Tuning, Instrument Care, How to play in time with a group.

Guitar Intermediate
Course Level 102

Guitar Intermediate is an intermediate course that takes students who have a basic setup and vocabulary of first position chords through an introduction playing single note melodies and developing a solid understanding of reading tablature. Over the course of 8-weeks students will develop their skills of picking single note melodies and riffs, learn to read and feel 16th notes and syncopations, learn alternating picking technique, learn shifting into various positions on guitar and learn Beat It, The Sweater Song, Paint It Black, and Folsom Prison blues. This class is focused on expanding the basic technique that was built in Beginner I as it hones in on picking dexterity, tone production and mastering time and established rhythm exercises. 

Techniques Covered:
Two Octave G Major Scale, Alternating Picking, Playing Riffs, Lead Lines and Melodies, Reading Tablature, Reading 16th Notes and Syncopations. 

Guitar Advanced
Course Level 103

Guitar Advanced focuses on combining chordal and melodic playing and developing a basic finger picking ability. Students will learn transposable major scale patterns, Bar Chords, and will perform Blackbird at the recital. This course is also designed for students who want to join Guitar Ensemble or Jam Ensemble (104 level classes) after this class. 

Techniques Covered:
Major Scales in Transposable Positions, Finger Picking, Combining Chords and Melody, Bar Chords.

After Guitar Advanced, students can continue onto the following 104 level classes:

  • Guitar Ensemble (104+ Level)

  • Jam Ensemble (104+ Level)

Guitar Ensemble
Course Level 104

Guitar Ensemble focuses on developing skills for playing in an ensemble against different parts and learning arrangements of various guitar repertoire. Guitar ensemble is designed as a two semester class and will feature two songs in rotation over the two semesters. Students will also develop advanced chord voicing, picking techniques, and reading skills. This course is also designed for students who have completed the Jam Ensemble (104 level classes) curriculum or want to join Jam Ensemble after this class. 

After Guitar Ensemble, students can continue onto the following 104 level classes:

  • Jam Ensemble (104+ Level)