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Intro to Guitar: Open Online Invite Spring 2014

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Hey there!

Yeah, you there landing at the Music at Gleneagle site.

Do you play the guitar (or did you even play along with us last year)? Do you want to learn, or maybe have friends, colleagues, teachers or students that might benefit from tapping into a community of learners improving their guitar playing?

In #IntroGuitar Open Online Participants are invited to browse the various assignments people in the course have created, request songs for the class to learn as a groupcreate your own new assignments for classmates to perform, and do as many (or as few, or as none) of the other assignments you choose for yourself. For more information on Open Online Participation, you can consult this page here: http://talonsrockband.wordpress.com/about/open-online-participation/

But suffice it to say that there are no expectations, no apologies, or criteria for Open Online Participants: hopefully our little one-site schoolhouse provides you (or the folks you refer our way) with a little more motivation than learning guitar on your own might provide.

Folks wishing to explore the open online experience should enter their details in the attached Google Form (which is also available at the above link) to be invited as authors on the course site. You may have to create a WordPress account, but will receive instructions on logging in by email shortly after registering.

From there, you may (or may not: remember, no expectations!) wish to introduce yourself to the class community. You can peruse last semester’s Course Introductions here: http://talonsrockband.wordpress.com/category/assignments/course-introductions/

Another opening assignment you might enjoy is the Tell the Story of Your Guitarwhere you can introduce us to your instrumental companion(s). Feel free to share links or videos of people telling the stories of other notable guitars as well, as you can see collected under the assignment category: http://talonsrockband.wordpress.com/category/assignments/tell-the-story-of-your-guitar/

More advanced assignments include the Asynchronous Jam, and Fake ______ Plays Real ______. But remember: you can make up your own assignments and create the pathways that others might follow toward learning.

By organizing the different assignments this way (by assignment Categories), our hope is that the #IntroGuitar site becomes a vibrant community of for-credit and open-online participants while the course is in session, as well as a lasting record and educational resource into the future. As Alan Levine described last year’s community, “it is not a class that teaches guitar but one where you can learn guitar.”

With a little help from our friends, we hope to make that even truer this time around.

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