MUS 161 - Guitar Studies 2 - Joe LoPiccolo
|Course:||Guitar Studies 2|
Hello and welcome to MUS 161, Guitar Studies 2!
My name is Joe LoPiccolo and I have been faculty at College of the Canyons since Spring semester 2002. I have a Masters and Bachelors degree in guitar from CalArts and also teach at Mount San Antonio College and Cal State Northridge (guest lecturer) in addition to COC. I am also a composer and professional performer. I will introduce myself more in our first discussion, in the meantime you can of course visit my professional website and IG :)
You should not be an absolute beginner in this class, it is intended for people that have already been playing for at least 6 months. If you don't know how to read music yet you can still take the class, but realize it may move a bit fast for you. You may want to consider taking MUS 160 instead.
Again welcome everyone! I look forward to meeting you all virtually and working with you! -Joe
Here is a little video montage of some of the pieces and concepts we will learn this semester:
We will be working exclusively in Canvas but I will be available for face-to-face zoom office hours if needed. The modules in Canvas contain video lesson as well as discussions and tests.
We will be learning:
- How to read music
- Basic music theory as it corresponds to the guitar
- Proper technique
- How to practice effectively
- How to play with good rhythm and to use a metronome
- Basic chords and strum rhythms
- Interpretive and performance Skills
- and much more! :)
Materials you will need:
- Textbook (digital or physical)
- Metronome (physical or app)
- Tuner (physical or app)
- Guitar (electric or acoustic are both fine)
- Guitar Support (optional)
I strongly recommend that you set up a dedicated practice space that you can work from consistently.
Practice space materials:
- a comfortable chair or stool without arms
- a mirror
- a guitar stand
- a music stand
- metronome and tuner
Having a dedicated practice space ready to go will enable you to practice consistently in the most time efficient manner.
What to Expect in this Course
The book contains pieces and exercises from multiple genres as a vehicle for you to learn good technique and basic music theory through performing and practice. You should be able to practice 30-60 minutes a day, at least 5 (preferably 7) days a week. The consistency of practicing is the key to improving and getting an "A" in the class. You will also need 30 to 60 minutes to watch the corresponding videos in the modules every week. While it is a guitar class and I hope it is enjoyable for you, please remember this is a formal college class. You will need to work diligently, practice, do all the assignments and watch all the videos just as you would for any other online college class.
Types of Assessments
4 Performance Tests (submitted via videos in Canvas or live via Zoom)
1 Theory Exam
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook Title: Guitar Mosaic
- The physical text can be bought at The COC Bookstore (around 40$)
- The digital text can be bought on Google Play ($9.99)
- Please bookmark the Soundcloud page
- Please bookmark the YouTube playlist
The same text is valid for both Mus 160 and 161. The pages are always included with each module in Canvas, but I strongly recommend buying either the physical or digital version of the texts as well.
Other Relevant Course Information
Please get your guitar "setup" (if needed) in advance so it is in good condition for the class.
You may need to bring it to a store to have it adjusted or to have new strings put on. The most important thing is that it is easy to play and easy to tune. You definitely want a "low action" so that is easy to depress the strings down to the fretboard.
Please download a tuning app and metronome app in advance of the class.
There are many great free versions for both MacOS and android.
Please check Canvas for a welcome video on how to navigate the course in Canvas.
It will be included here as well this week. Please also thoroughly review the syllabus (found in Canvas) and familiarize yourself with the important dates.
You can get started now with the book and the following videos below.
This is optional, but I especially recommend this if you are relatively new to studying music formally. Watching these in advance of the class starting will help you be up and running and ready to go when we actually start the class :)
- Introduction Pages 3-4
- Introduction Page 5-6
- Tuning and the Chromatic Scale Page 7
- Page 8, Notes of the Fretboard
- How to Sit with the Guitar (Not in Book)
- Left Hand Technique and Right Hand Pick Technique (Not in Book)
- Right Hand Classical Technique (Not in Book)
- Practicing with the Metronome
- How to Tune an Acoustic Guitar for Beginners
- How to Tune an Electric Guitar for Beginners
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This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 04/15/2022 Sub#: 1066