Advanced Guitar Player Program

The Advanced Guitar Program has a main objective of supplying the musician with the skills and creative confidence to work in a wide variety of playing situations at a semi-professional level.

Extensive coverage of Harmony and Theory, Rhythm Guitar and Ear Training, will allow the student to become fully absorbed in the art.

The program is taught in three stages each consisting of ten units. Each stage takes the musician through more complex situations. An intermediate level guitar player with a desire to improve musicianship and playing skills, will become well rounded in all important areas.

The in-depth curriculum combined with our successful and professional environment is what makes this program so successful. All 3 stages must be taken to complete the Advanced Guitar Program. At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Advanced Guitar - Stage One:

Course Description:

  • Scales and Technique One:
    A study of fingerboard geometry and control of scale patterns, arpeggios and intervals. Major, Minor and Blues scale patterns are covered.

  • Fingerboard Harmony One:
    A study of seventh quality guitar chord voicings, their relationship to familiar fingerboard shapes and their practical use in progressions.

  • Music Reading One:
    Teaches recognition of notation symbols, rhythmic notation and develops the ability to comprehend written music in phrases.

  • Harmony and Theory One:
    Provides a firm understanding of intervals on the neck, major, minor and blues scales, notation, chord construction, and basic chord harmony.

  • Improvisation One:
    The study of techniques used in all styles of improvisation. Application of Stage One scales and arpeggios, as well as various approaches to soloing are covered.

Advanced Guitar - Stage Two:

Course Description:

  • Scales and Technique Two:
    The Major Scale Modes and Harmonic Minor, as well as dominant 7, half diminished, augmented and diminished 7th arpeggios are covered.

  • Fingerboard Harmony Two:
    Develops the chord types from stage one and focuses on chart reading, building feel and timing with standard rhythmic patterns, simple voice leading and includes the study of modern progressions.

  • Music Reading Two:
    Stage two reading material adds more tonal range and notation symbols to the information studied in stage one.

  • Harmony and Theory Two:
    Builds on the material from stage one by adding more music theory regarding the topics of modal interchange, modulation and secondary dominants.

  • Improvisation Two:
    Continues with the development of the many styles of improvisation used in modern progressions. Applies the use of modes and how to play over chord changes, as well as focusing on stage two scales and arpeggios.

Advanced Guitar - Stage Three:

Course Description:

  • Scales and Technique Three:
    The melodic minor scale and its important modes along with diminished, chromatic and whole tone scales are studied.

  • Fingerboard Harmony Three:
    Places a focus on advanced rhythmic patterns, application of chord voicings and chord comping technique. Styles, rhythm section arranging and performance methods in Latin, BeBop, Funk, Rock and contemporary music.

  • Music Reading Three:
    Third stage adds more tonal range and notation symbols to the information studied in music reading two

  • Harmony and Theory Three:
    Covers arranging and composition, flat five substitution and the application of all theory principles including composing and arranging lead sheets.

  • Improvisation Three:
    Studies the approach used in contemporary styles with an emphasis on polished melodic content in jazz improvisation. Course covers rapid chord and key changes, scalar /chordal relationships and creative phrasing techniques.

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