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Take a Class at your Church

Learn the guitar in a group class with the additional benefits of a certified experienced teacher.
The Ignite Curriculum is a guitar instruction resource made for teaching guitar and growing a community of guitarists in the church. The course is an 8-week class meeting one hour a week. Three sessions are available: beginner, intermediate, and advanced foundations.

Although there are various ways to learn the guitar, I believe this is the best way for accountability. Structure, guidance, and community are a vital asset when learning proper habits and a foundation for growth as a guitarist. At the end of the advanced class, you will be ready to learn your specific style preferences on your own or through private lessons.

Why can’t I just take private lessons?

The most valuable options for private lessons are always giving a lot of material to learn in a short amount of time. For beginners, it can be intimidating. And the rate for their time usually doesn’t go down! Therefore, private lessons are not always necessary when starting out. What is necessary is a good foundational course to develop and reinforce good playing habits and learn chord structure and basics of theory (oh no! Theory! Don’t worry, it’s the basics, but everyone should learn it as a beginner.) You can find all of these in my course.

In each course, I develop the essential parts of a guitarist that will make an easier transition into rigorous private lessons and at a great price!

Why IgniteGuitar over other curriculums?

This course is hands-down the best guitar training curriculum. I’ve been playing and teaching for over 20 years. I have taught this course in multiple churches in a class setting and have meticulously tweaked it for years. As a result, I have put great care into the needs that are most pertinent to the level of student whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. This course teaches the skill necessary to not just play guitar but become a well-rounded musician. For example, in this course, you don’t just learn chords and songs, you learn the structure of all major scales and chord structure to make your own chords. This is just one example. Read other people’s testimonies.

Class Structure

The lessons are an 45 minutes long. They start with prayer and begin the lesson. Each week has a variation of this schedule:

  • Review
  • Lesson
  • Chords
  • Rhythm Practice
  • Chord Drills
  • A Song (Hymn)

In teaching lessons at church, I find it valuable to use hymns for not only the great lyrics but they have a very foundational music structure. This will help you learn how to understand song structure of other styles and your own song preferences.

Beginner Class Description

At the end of the Beginner 101 Guitar Class you will:

  1. Have the coordination, muscle memory, and the hand strength to play common chords, strumming patterns, and songs.
  2. Be able to create your own chords.
  3. Understand a foundation of music and guitar on which to build.

Intermediate Class Description

At the end of the Intermediate 201 Guitar Class you will:

  1. Be able to play common chords of most contemporary songs.
  2. Understand how to make chords, find chords to any song you hear, and transpose songs and chords to different keys.
  3. Know music focal points.
  4. Be playing common strumming patterns in the key of C, D, E, G, and A.

Advanced Class Description

At the end of the Advanced 301 Guitar Class you will:

  1. Be able to play common chords of most contemporary songs.
  2. Know how to use a capo while maintaining the same key, regardless of it’s position.
  3. Understand chord types and how they work together to make music.
  4. Know the foundation of different styles including fingerpicking, flatpicking, jazz, blues, rock, and country.
  5. Master your first three scales and learn the practicing techniques for improving accuracy and speed.

Class Requirements

  1. You must have a full-size acoustic guitar.
  2. You must be 12 years or older to join a group class.
  3. A tuner is highly recommended.

Class Registration and Payment Process

Registration closes 7 days before a class is scheduled to start or upon reaching capacity. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Registration does not occur until you submit an inquiry form, speak with the instructor, and they verify your class placement and payment options.