MUS 115

Acoustic Roots Guitar I: Celtic to Bluegrass

This course provides a practical approach to learning how to play a variety of American "acoustic roots" guitar styles, all using a flatpick and based on Celtic -based fiddle tunes. The course progresses from Celtic through Appalachian/old-timey, old country, and bluegrass styles with focus on rhythm and backup skills as much as lead playing techniques. Tunes are taught in the traditional manner: listening and repeating tune segments over and over (and over) until the song can be played by memory. The course also covers basic guitar maintenance techniques such as proper tuning, restringing, and setup, and covers some of the wide variety of steel-string guitar body styles and construction methods.