Complete Course Overview

Notes on the Neck

  • 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

Lead Guitar Phase One

  • 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.

Triads and Chords

  • 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

Major Scales

  • 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

Major Keys

  • 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 formulae
  • Overview of Nashville Numbering system
  • Transposition and Key Changes
  • Introduction to Composition in Major keys

Modes – Lead Guitar Phase 2

  • 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

Modal Composition

  • 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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