Guitar Lessons FAQ

In what level or class should I enroll?
Do I need to have my own guitar?
Why is it important to read music?
Will formal study help me with my other guitar playing?
What kind of guitar should I have?

In what level class should I enroll?

See which of these categories best describes you.

  1. No experience on guitar. You should start in Guitar I.
  2. Guitar experience but no formal training on guitar or another instrument. You should enroll in Guitar I because it teaches reading music.
  3. Formal training on another instrument, but not on guitar. You should start in Guitar I, but you may switch to Guitar II if the material is easily assimilated in the first or second week of Guitar I.
  4. Some formal training on guitar. If you have had some formal training on guitar then you should contact Stephen Miller to find out what level you should be in.
  5. I already play, can read music, but just want to play an ensemble. You can enroll in GUITAR ENSEMBLE GROUP LESSONS - MUS 10354.
  6. I want to be in an ensemble group and have a private ½ hour lesson. You can enroll in GUITAR ENSEMBLE GROUP AND PRIVATE LESSON – MUS 10355.

Do I need to have my own guitar?

Yes, but if you need a guitar to rent contact Stephen Miller.

Why is it important to read music?

Taking music of any kind at a university level, even the elective level should teach using the written language of music just as you might expect in a language class.

Will formal study help me with my other guitar playing?

Yes. Even a little formal study in music will help with any kind of other music making even pop, folk or rock.

What kind of guitar should I have?

For Guitar I&II any acoustic six-string that works properly and doesn’t hinder playing the class material. However a classical guitar is highly recommended.