#1
I'm starting High school in 10 days and I'm not even registered yet. I'm going to be a freshman and this will be my first time in public school. Ever. (catholic school my whole life.)

Anyway, if I took guitar as an elective, would they mainly be teaching acoustic? And also, do you think I would get to learn theory? Thanks.
#2
i took guitar last year but that was in middle school so it might be different, i learned acoustic and i didn't really learn theory but who knows you might, you're in a different place different school
#3
Guitar As an elective? wow, i wish my school had that....
Music Theory might in there a little bit, but you will learn the most in a music theory class.
#4
Do you mean if you had lessons from a teacher who goes around school's and teached people who have permission to learn guitar instead of whatever lesson they'd normally be doing?

Well, in my case, when I was at school, I had an amazing teacher who taught on acoustic, but it didn't matter if you played acoustic or electric. He taught on acoustic so that he didn't have to drag an amp around to every school with him, because most schools don't have many amps.

As for theory, it depends how good your teacher is. Since leaving school, I've realised that most teachers are useless, but the one I had at school taught his students what they wanted to learn, and easy versions for people who wanted to play really hard songs but had only just started playing. He also chose useful songs for technique and recommended songs to try and transcribe by ear. He also insisted on some extent of theory, but only as much as each student could handle. I personally asked for a fair amount and challenging songs because I enjoy a good challenge.
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#5
all you will learn is theory on cheap acoustics,

its public school, they cant afford a skilled guitar teacher or half decent guitars
but then again the only guitar lessons i ever got were from guitar class at school and i can play circles around most the guitarists i know including the teacher
in all, i say go for it
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#7
Email the teacher. Public schools are supposed to list their faculty members' email and contact information.

I'm in college, so I email professors a lot about course information. I also email professors at other schools if they're doing interesting research, and also keep in touch with high school teachers via email.

My point: People like talking about themselves and what they are doing.
#9
Are you sure it's guitar? And not music as an elective? Because if it's music, my high school teaches instruments like Violens, Horns and stuff like that in Grade Nine, but then move onto guitar and other instruments like that in Grade ten.


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#10
If you're taking guitar, go for it. It will always help to learn something from anybody. I took guitar for my Jazz program just to try it, and it took me a year and a half to fall in love with guitar.

And as for the acoustic question, you'd better check. I'm in Jazz, so I'm going to soon be playing that Mexican Strat stocked in the closet.

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Are you sure it's guitar? And not music as an elective? Because if it's music, my high school teaches instruments like Violens, Horns and stuff like that in Grade Nine, but then move onto guitar and other instruments like that in Grade ten.

That sucks ass. All choices should apply to all years.
#11
I have a question sort of like this. And instead of making a new thread I'll post it too.
Because I would like to play guitar in High school (first semester)...I've been playing clarinet in music class for the last 2 years.
So for guitar do they use tabs or actually notes on a staff(I have no idea how to play guitar like that..)?
#13
they taught classical guitar at my school, i took it for 3yrs...we didnt learn any theory in the class unless you'd ask the teacher a question...but there was a theory class i took also that was great, the teacher was the best i ever had and i learned more than i could of hoped
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I have a question sort of like this. And instead of making a new thread I'll post it too.
Because I would like to play guitar in High school (first semester)...I've been playing clarinet in music class for the last 2 years.
So for guitar do they use tabs or actually notes on a staff(I have no idea how to play guitar like that..)?

Most likely notes. In my second year I had to read "So What" in standard notation. They will either do that or the teacher will show you on the guitar. Chords are more likely to be shown to you.

Tabs are optional, though the best way to learn is by ear or standard notation.
#16
It's likely classical guitar, centered more so on learning extremely basic theory. It should be well below you, but it's still a nice class to be able to practice in.
#17
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Most likely notes. In my second year I had to read "So What" in standard notation. They will either do that or the teacher will show you on the guitar. Chords are more likely to be shown to you.

Tabs are optional, though the best way to learn is by ear or standard notation.

So where can I learn how to read/play standard notation? Just to get a head start..
#18
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So where can I learn how to read/play standard notation? Just to get a head start..

You can either look in this site (There is a lessons page... There should be a lesson on how to read notes...) or Google. Reading in standard notation is easy, it's just tedious actually reading them. Well, I get impatient when reading. Why read when you can listen?

And to give a correct, useful place:

Musictheory.net

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(And also go through the lessons in order. They're easy to understand and complicated if you jump without understanding the other stuff)

uberEDIT: And I just remembered that there is a Music Theory sticky stuck on this board! I'd suggest going there first and look for what you want, plus, it's helpful to go back and revise your knowledge.
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