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Do you want to play guitar, but don’t know where to begin? This is a great introductory course for those without musical training or the ability to read music, but who would like to learn guitar while having fun with it.  In this easy, step-by-step approach—designed for adult beginners but appropriate for students of all ages—you will acquire a basic, solid technique that will provide the foundation for your future progress.  This course will help you acquire beginner-level guitar playing techniques in a supportive and enjoyable classroom environment.

What You Will Learn:

  • Basic skills and techniques for playing the guitar.
  • How to read music.
  • History of guitar.
  • Various styles and approaches to playing.


FOR CURRENT QUARTERS This course has been adapted to be taught Live Online via Zoom for the scheduled class meeting times below (expand blue bar), in order to accommodate our students and continue to provide an enriched learning experience during the ongoing pandemic.


Quarters Offered:  Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall (Live Online format)
Course Fee:  $295
Prerequisite:  None (no musical training required).
Course Materials:  Acoustic guitar (preferably nylon string), and course textbook.
Next Course:  Guitar II
Contact: For more information about this course, please email the academic department:  ahl@ucsd.edu.

Course Number: MUS-40032
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)

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