Guitar Academy Program Modules

    Master the principles of writing the musical alphabet, naturally occurring half steps, and enharmonics in an easy to understand method

    Students are able to locate any note on any string

    Students are able to identify any note on the guitar fretboard

    Students are able to use this information to find groups of different notes on the fretboard simultaneously (fundamental for the triad theory module)

  • Prerequisites : None

    Please Note: This one of a kind method does NOT use BOX SCALES or the CAGED system – we believe they are too LIMITING and do not accomplish the objective of being able to play anywhere in any key in any manner

    Learn to start any scale on any note on the guitar.

    Learn the Pentatonic Minor scale and how to play over any key, able to play in any four directions, NOT using box scales or the CAGED approach, seamlessly.  The entire neck is unlocked for playing

    Learn the theory behind a b5 Blues scale on any key, able to play in any four directions, NOT using box scales or the CAGED approach, seamlessly

    Learn the Pentatonic Major scale and how to play over any key, able to play in any four directions, NOT using box scales or the CAGED approach, seamlessly.  The entire neck is unlocked for playing

    Learn scales within scales – Pentatonic Hybrid theory

    Master the B Warp principle, a common stumbling block for guitarists.

    Learn a scale used for Southern Rock and quasi country and blues

    Introduction to improvisation – visualization, double stops, call and response and variations on a theme.  Introduction to the Rock N Blues Improvisation Matrix

  • Prerequisites:  Notes on the Neck, with successful passing of the final exam for the module OR satisfactory passing score on the final exam, for those who want to “test out”  because they have sufficient mastery of this skill.

    Students learn the fundamentals of Triads

    Learn the anatomy of every triad

    Learn the essential “Get ready” for all triads

    Learn how to instantly name the letters of any triad – Major Minor Augmented and Diminished.

    Learn how to instantly identify the triad by hearing the letters in it

    Learn about triad inversions, and how to interpret them to identify the actual chord

    Learn the principles of advanced enharmonics, including double flat and double sharps

    Learn to apply knowledge to the fretboard, effectively becoming your own lifetime “chord computer” never needing a chord chart or dictionary again

    Learn advanced triad and arpeggio applications of theory knowledge.

  • Prerequisites:  Notes on the neck.  Lead Guitar Phase One is optional, but recommended if you want to be able to apply it to the guitar

    Learn how to spell and write any major scale in any key

    Learn the fundamental concepts of a major scale

  • Prerequisites: Notes on the Neck.  Triads and Phase One are recommended

    Learn how to determine the chord types in any Major key

    Learn how to identify chord types for 4 part harmony chords

    Discussion of Dominants, Major Sevenths, minor Sevenths and Minor 7b5 type chords and their uses.

    Introduction to Roman Numeral scale formulas

    Overview of Nashville Numbering system

    Transposition and Key Changes

  • Introduction to Composition in Major keys

    Principles of Modes, what they ARE, what they are NOT, debunking common misconceptions about modes, and why so many guitarists are hopelessly lost or confused about them

    Learning to play all modes – Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian in all keys and all directions (with the same skills as you learned in Lead Guitar Phase 1)

    More improvisational approaches to playing the modes, incorporating the uses of Intervals, and ability to integrate Pentatonics within a Modal Progression

  • Prerequisites: all other Course Modules

    Ability to spell out any of the 7 modes, and identify the characteristic differences in each, and mastery of the theory behind each mode, for instant application to the guitar and composition

    Learn to compose advanced chord progressions in every mode, (except Locrian, which has a special function as a scale)

    Advanced chord composition theory, devation from a Diatonic key,  Pitch Axis Theory

    Introduction and overview of Dominant Pentatonic, Harmonic Minor, Phrygian Dominant and Diminished scales, their forms and applications

    Overview of compound intervals, and ability to analyze chord progressions and scales for chord types and advanced chords (9ths, 11s and 13ths)

  • Prerequisites: All Course Modules to this Level

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