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Guitar for Beginners Diploma Course

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Guitar for Beginners Diploma Course
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What Will You Learn?

Whether taking your first steps in learning to play the guitar or returning to the instrument having struggled in a previous attempt, the Guitar for Beginners Diploma Course offers a combined learning approach that incorporates written and illustrated explanations, alongside video and audio demonstrations, and backing tracks for you to play along with.

Become familiar with the anatomy of your guitar and essential techniques for holding the instrument, playing notes, and using either a pick/plectrum or fingers.

You’ll learn how to read guitar tablature (tab), standard notation, and rhythm notation and strum. You’ll also explore essential, commonly used major and minor chords, plus some easy versions of much trickier chords and helpful chord transition tricks.

Slides, bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs and vibrato – you’ll learn all of these intermediate techniques and give a much more “polished” sound.

You’ll expand your abilities as we introduce barre chords and the CAGED system, which allows you to learn all the chords, scales and arpeggios across the neck using just 5 chord shapes, along with how to use this system to take your first look at the pentatonic scales and improvise guitar solos. We’ll also look at the chords that work well together and how to write chord progressions and melodies.

For those looking to progress further, the course covers advanced techniques, namely two-handed tapping, sweep picking, and harmonics. We’ll also look at career opportunities for guitarists, should you take your learning and playing to the next level.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Follow written and illustrated explanations and video and audio demonstrations, and play along to background tracks
  • Understand the correct way to hold and play the guitar
  • Learn how to read guitar tab and notation
  • Practice chord playing and composition
  • Explore beginner, intermediate, and advanced guitar playing techniques
  • Discover how to improvise guitar solos
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Before Picking up the Guitar
  • Part 2: Learning the Basics
  • Part 3: Time to Play!
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Guitar Tablature
  • Part 2: Standard Notation
  • Part 3: Playing Pieces
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Double Stops and Chords
  • Part 2: Strumming Patterns and Chord Sheets
  • Part 3: Playing Pieces
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Stepping Up the Chord Game
  • Part 2: Playing Pieces
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Slides, Bends, Hammers, and Pulls
  • Part 2: Playing Pieces
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Moveable Shapes and Barre Chords
  • Part 2: The CAGED System
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Stepping Up to Scales
  • Part 2: Soloing
  • Part 3: Improvisation
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Writing Chords
  • Part 2: Writing Chord Progressions
  • Part 3: Writing Melodies
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Two-Handed Tapping
  • Part 2: Harmonics
  • Part 3: Sweep Picking
  • Part 4: Playing Pieces
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Breaking In
  • Part 2: Performing
  • Part 3: Composing
  • Part 4: Teaching
  • Part 5: Promotion
  • Conclusion
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

This course is for complete beginners and those who have played before and wish to return to learning with a structured and accessible course. It’ll take you from the very beginning, with explanations on how to hold the guitar and play notes, to explaining and demonstrating intermediate and advanced level techniques for those who wish to progress further and show off their skills.

Just like most creative pursuits, playing the guitar is a learned skill, not an innate talent that a lucky few possess. Anyone can learn – you just need to take it at your own pace and practice consistently (little and often is better than one gruelling session) and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. This course is your beginner’s roadmap to becoming the guitarist you want to be.

Furthermore, playing an instrument is not only fun but has proven to lower stress levels and help to keep your brain active.

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Accreditations

The Guitar for Beginners Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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