David Seitzinger

Teaching and Leadership

David Seitzinger is a board member, teacher, and leader at Learn Together Lowcountry.Learn Together Lowcountry homeschool co-op in Bluffton SC

My name is David Seitzinger, I have the pleasure of serving as the chair of the board of LTL. I have enjoyed watching LTL grow into the fruitful program that it is. I serve as the Director of Worship Arts at Grace Coastal Church, LTL’s host organization. I studied music in college and graduate school before completing an mDiv (a pastoral seminary degree) in St. Louis. My wife and I were both home schooled and are enjoying serving the home school community here in Bluffton. I have taught private music lessons since high school, and love being in and around learning environments. I co-teach the upper-level bible course at LTL.

Classes

Mike Slay and I will co-teach the upper-level bible and apologetics course, which is titled “Truth.”  We titled it this way because the most important aspect of Christianity is that it is true.  In this course we aim to teach the students to think from a biblical worldview.  We will be exploring the idea that what you believe affects the way you see the world.  We will present a number of short videos which will spark discussion on various apologetic topics such as economics, government theory, civil corruption, and marriage.

Skills needed at the beginning of the course:

  • No guitar experience necessary; some musical knowledge is helpful
  • Ability to listen and follow directions
  • Ability to manage time allowing for practice
  • Must have a guitar. If you do not already have one, contact the instructor for suggestions. Expect to spend around $150.00

Skills to be learned by the end of the course:

  • Tuning using a tuner or string comparison
  • Basic chord families in Sharp keys
  • ADE, DGA, GCD, CFG, EAB
  • Some basic meters: 4/4, 3/4, 6/8
  • At least two basic strumming patterns for each meter: one for slow songs and one for faster songs
  • Familiarity with basic musical concepts
  • Melody vs. harmony
  • Rhythmic pulse
  • How to sense meter and strong beats
  • How to read a chord chart and/or lead sheet
  • Reading chord diagrams
  • Ability to play, from reading, something resembling the song (even if they’ve never heard it)

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Skills needed at the beginning of the course:

  • Ability to tune own instrument (arrive at class with instrument tuned, please!
  • Basic sharp key chord families (key of C, G, D, A, E)
  • Ability to identify and reproduce basic meters
  • Ability to read an unfamiliar chord chart or lead sheet with known chords
  • Ability to change chords without sacrificing the rhythm to pause.
  • Be prepared (each class period) to improvise a basic solo, once that topic is covered.
  • Willingness to expand practice time to 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
  • This is schoolwork you are paying for (!) and it should be valued in that way.
  • If you cannot commit to this, the beginners class may fit better as you build a foundation of guitar and musical skill.

Skills to be learned by the end of the course:

  • How to practice effectively
  • 12-bar blues form: blues chords (dom7, maj7, min7)
  • Bass walk-downs/ups
  • Basic slurs (Hammer-ons/pull-offs/slides)
  • Basic improvisation
    • Chordal (when playing solo)
    • Scalar
  • Some single sting lines
  • Some fingerstyle, chicken-pickin’, or string-skipping
  • Reading scale diagrams: major, minor and pentatonic scales
  • Reading notation to allow for better lead sheet reading
  • Transposition, Capo skills
  • How to discover the key of the song for improvisation
  • Beginning barre chords

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Skills needed at the beginning of the course:

  • Be able to execute hammer-ons and pull-offs with accuracy
  • Be able to accompany and find the key for a “jam session”: minimum in a major key, a minor key and a 12-bar blues
  • Know how to read notation on a lead sheet.
  • Have some finger-picking skills
  • Comfortable with string skipping patterns
  • Some familiarity with Barre chords
  • Some familiarity with how to practice effectively

Skills to be learned by the end of the course:

  • Barre patterns
  • Upper neck positions
  • Learning songs by:
    • Notation
    • Tablature
    • Ear
  • Advanced rhythm skills: percussive techniques
  • Transposition on sight with and without a Capo
  • How to write studies to practice techniques need in the piece being studied
  • Learn at least one full-length (at least a minute) guitar solo at tempo

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