This course is designed for absolute beginners and also people who have a working knowledge of the guitar but are not proficient. The class will be divided into two groups; some activities will overlap for both beginners and intermediate students. We will concentrate on developing skills in the areas of folk style music: the use of the pick as well as finger-style guitar, chords vocabulary as applicable to specific folk songs and various strumming and picking patterns as well as some other techniques. Students are urged to provide following information before the beginning of class and a consultation with the instructor: 1. Have a wish list of three song 2. Five things you would like to get from the course 3. A short background of your music background. Please bring to class: steel string or Nylon String (preferred) guitar, note book for taking notes (a recording device will be enormously helpful!) a few picks. Hand outs provided by the instructor.