Technical Certificate Level 1: Major and Minor Chords, Scales and Power Chords

Course Objectives:

  • To expand the student’s knowledge of major and minor chords on the guitar.
  • To introduce basic strumming and chord transitions between open chord shapes
  • To teach fundamental scales and power chords used in music.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Chord Structures and Formulas:
    • A Major Chord : Students will learn to play the A Major chord, which consists of the root (A), the major third (C#), and the perfect fifth (E).
    • D Major Chord : Students will understand the structure of the D Major chord, featuring the root (D), the major third (F#), and the perfect fifth (A).
    • E Major Chord : Mastery of the E Major chord, comprising the root (E), the major third (G#), and the perfect fifth (B).
    • Am Chord : Proficiency in playing the Am chord, with the root (A), the minor third (C), and the perfect fifth (E).
    • Em Chord : Ability to play the Em chord, involving the root (E), the minor third (G), and the perfect fifth (B).
    • Dm Chord : Familiarity with the Dm chord, including the root (D), the minor third (F), and the perfect fifth (A).
  2. Scales:
    • A Natural Minor Scale: Students will learn the A Natural Minor scale, important for developing melodic and improvisational skills.
    • C Major Scale: Introduction to the C Major scale, essential for understanding major key music theory.
  3. Power Chords:
    • Mastery of power chords with the E string as the root. These chords are simplified and focus on the root and the perfect fifth, ideal for rock and pop music styles.
  4. Strumming and Timing:
    • Students will practice strumming and changing between the chords learned, using a metronome to maintain steady timing and improve rhythmic accuracy.

Instructional Methods:

  • Direct instruction and demonstration of each chord and scale.
  • Exercises incorporating a metronome to aid in the development of timing and rhythm.
  • Practical application of chords in various musical contexts to ensure comprehensive learning and versatility.

This certificate course is designed to solidify foundational guitar skills and prepare students for more complex musical concepts and performance techniques.

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