Guitar: Rhythm and Accompaniment for Stylistic Playing

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Self-study, Guitar instruction focusing on rhythm/accompaniment (strumming) concepts, providing you with more authentic and diverse interpretations of songs you play. 10 Credits.  Sign up now!


Instructor: David Putano

CMTE Credits: 10

Goals and Objectives  (relevant CBMT scope and practice items)
By the end of the course instruction participants will be able to (***or begin to):

  • Perform single note exercises and understand the importance of practicing them as they relate to guitar rhythm/accompaniment development.  (II-A-5-b,  II-A-5-w-)
  • Demonstrate arpeggiated style picking to songs in 3/4 and 4/4 time. (II-A-5-a,  II-A-5-c)
  • Apply the two concepts presented here for transcribing, then applying those rhythm/accompaniment possibilities to songs when learning them. (II-A-5-a,  II-A-5-c, II-A-5-v)
  • Implement stylistic rhythm/accompaniment components in the popular song styles discussed here, i.e., jazz, blues, country and patriotic. (II-A-5-a,  II-A-5-c, II-A-5-v)

*** the reason the language “begin to” is included is because all guitar players are at varying degrees of development and competency. This course covers basic information that all music therapy professionals can play and information that at times, is of a more advanced level. At this time, those  with less experience can be exposed to this information then apply the more advanced techniques in the future as their skills develop.

This education course, “Guitar: Rhythm and Accompaniment for Stylistic Playing” is presented as video based lectures ( that require the participant to watch the individual lessons, practice what is being taught, then take a post test at the end of the course for final evaluation.

As mentioned above, the purpose of this course is to provide music therapy professionals continuing education credits for instruction related to guitar competency. This offering will specifically provide guitar instruction that focuses on rhythm/accompaniment (strumming) concepts to help individuals expand their rhythm/accompaniment knowledge thus being better able to provide more authentic and diverse interpretations of songs when playing live guitar in their music therapy work.

***PDF handouts will be provided for participants to print off, use and keep.

***Because course content videos are from David’s teaching site, titles of  lessons that are stated on the videos might not match the written titles below on the outline.

***Please take note… After each video lesson that teaches a guitar concept or technique, if that concept or technique is new to you, spend at least 15 minutes practicing that lesson. This time is factored into the course time schedule.

Additional information

CMTE Credits