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Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston's renowned Berklee College of
Music, is debuting the new course Acoustic Guitar Techniques for their upcoming
spring term, beginning April 4th, 2011. In this online course students will
become more effective players by strengthening their rhythmic strumming, use of
alternate tunings, and fingerstyle playing on the acoustic guitar.
"It's like an artist walking into a craft store. It's essential for any
guitarist or singer-songwriter looking to play with greater refinement and
creative possibility," says course author, instructor, and Berklee College
of Music professor Abigail Aronson Zocher. "We will study three main
elements including right hand fingerstyle technique, right hand strumming
technique, and tunings in a number of complimentary ways. I'm really excited
to see what we will create."
The course offers a number of in-depth exercise techniques directed at
improving students' overall fluency, tone, dynamics, and control. Starting
with rhythmic strumming, students will explore how to play sparse and
partially improvised strumming textures, in addition to ones that are dense,
regular, and groove-based. They will also learn how to play and write with
open major triad tunings, how to play modal sounds in open tunings, and how
to use more complex tunings beyond major triads. Toward the end of the
course, students will delve into Travis picking and eventually be able to
play a contrapuntal piece with several melodic lines happening
simultaneously. The course features notable acoustic guitar players such as
Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Indigo Girls, and the Grateful Dead.
Acoustic Guitar Techniques will enable you to better express yourself on the
acoustic guitar, as well as provide you with valuable information that can
be used in developing your own compositions.
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