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College of Extended Learning

Acoustic Guitar 1: Basic Chords

CCOM 7400

You’ve always dreamed of playing guitar, and now is the time to begin. With Acoustic Guitar Basics, you will start at the beginning, learning how to tune your instrument, identify the strings and how to play basic chords. You will learn how to “count” music and learn to play in different time signatures. You don’t need to know any music theory to start this class, you will learn the necessary basics as we go along.

You’ll learn how a capo works, and how to find the right range to match your guitar and voice. You will be introduced to the Nashville numbering system that will enable you to understand the musical construction of any song you ever hear. You will learn basic right-hand strumming patterns, and how to keep time.

By the end of this class, you will be able to play a handful of simple tunes with confidence, and you’ll be ready to branch out into more complex works!

Course details

Upcoming dates: Register soon for TBA
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Saint John Social Enterprise Hub
139 Prince Edward Street, Room TBA
Course fee: $175 (+ HST)
Instructor: Sean Ridder


Students are required to bring an acoustic guitar, a tuner, and a capo to class.

About the instructor

Sean is an American transplant who has been living in Saint John for almost 2 years. He's played in jazz ensembles on stages across New Jersey, with folk acts in Nelson, BC, alongside punk and indie bands in Montreal and as a solo performer in the Saint John area. Having played guitar for over half of his 26 years, he has a keen understanding of the instrument and its unique power, energy and versatility. Sean is thrilled to be able to share his passion for performance with students of the UNB College of Extended Learning.

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