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Beginner Guitar Crash Course: Reading Tabs and Playing Rock Riffs (12-17)

In this one time course, beginner guitarists will learn to find and read tab while playing the fun and iconic riffs from Smoke on the Water, Sunshine of Your Love, Wish You Were Here and Beat It. Acoustic and electric are both welcome.
Gabe Robitaille
23 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners
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year olds
learners per class


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Meets once
55 minute class

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Class Experience

Students will be able to read and reproduce simple melodies through tablature, using their ear to intuit the rhythm of simple pieces, and will learn to search for tabs for their own personal exploration. They will also leave with a repertoire of several iconic and recognizable riffs to practice and experience tuning the guitar.
Learners will be expected to learn a mnemonic device in order to memorize the string names.
Learners will also be expected to develop a practice routine, and are encouraged to share their progress on the riffs.
Finally, learners will be expected to find a tab online for a song they are interested in and share it with the class.
 4 files available upon enrollment
1. A guitar with all 6 strings (acoustic or electric will do). 2. A guitar tuner (I recommend a Snark clip on tuner, available from $15 to $20 USD) or an app that will work as one (I recommend GuitarTuna - it's free) 3. A few guitar picks. 4. A way to view the music and materials I will send out before class. 5. A good seat without arm rests, ideally one in which the learner can sit upright with their feet touching the ground. Optional, but nice: 1. A good, sturdy music stand. One with a solid back is best. These often cost $25 USD or more. 2. Print-outs of the music and materials I will send, as well as a folder or binder to keep them in.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Gabe Robitaille
Lives in the United States
Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Instructor
23 total reviews
23 completed classes

About Me

I'm a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with over 10 years of experience offering private guitar, bass and ukulele lessons. I believe that music is primarily and most importantly meant to be an enjoyable means of creative self expression... 
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