BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Beginning Guitar


Paper Course

$ 163.00

Instructor: Lon Robert Young MA
Credits: 0.50

Course Currently Unavailable


This beginning guitar course gives students the broad foundation they will need to excel in various styles of guitar music: folk, classical, and even modern rock. Students will learn to read tablature, lead sheets, and traditional notation; they will master common chords, notes, strumming, and fingerpicking patterns. The information is presented with the modern teenager in mind and takes a fun, step-by-step approach.

Course Content:

1. About the Guitar
2. Reading Music
3. Playing Notes
4. Key Signatures and Accidentals
5. Chords and Strumming
6. More Chords and Fingerpicking
7. Songwriting
8. Guitar Tablature
9. Styles and Influential Players

Paper Courses:

Assignments for this course can be submitted online or by mail, email, or fax. If you do not have reliable internet access the optional course packet includes bubble sheets to be mailed.


Students will need a guitar, CD player, and a device to make audio recordings of their playing.
Required Materials Cost
   Guitr 041 - CD     Included in tuition
   Printed Course Packet     Included in tuition
Optional Materials Cost
   Guitr 041 - Audio CD     Included in tuition