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Rock & Blues Foundations – Intermediate 10 Lesson Course

Title: Rock & Blues Foundations – Intermediate 10 Lesson Course
Location: 75 Sherbourne, suite 323
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Description: This intermediate course is designed for guitarists with a knowledge of open chords, and are beginning to develop some facilty and fluency playing single note lines or simple riffs. Using real examples drawn from the blues and classic rock, students will learn rhythm guitar parts with a mixture of chords and riffs, explore barre chords and other non-open position chords, and learn to play lead guitar parts. The course will also focus on techniques such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, bends, and slides, used in lead guitar playing. Students will practice playing rhythm and lead guitar together, as well as alternating between both roles. By the end of the class, students will have the necessary skills to play in a group, and take on more challenging music.

Start Time: 7 PM
Date: 2015-10-27
End Time: 8 PM

This intermediate course is designed for guitarists with a knowledge of open chords, and are beginning to develop some facilty and fluency playing single note lines or simple riffs. Using real examples drawn from the blues and classic rock, students will learn rhythm guitar parts with a mixture of chords and riffs, explore barre chords and other non-open position chords, and learn to play lead guitar parts. The course will also focus on techniques such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, bends, and slides, used in lead guitar playing. Students will practice playing rhythm and lead guitar together, as well as alternating between both roles. By the end of the class, students will have the necessary skills to play in a group, and take on more challenging music.

Class 1: Review of all the chords we’ll need (A, Am, D, Dm, C, G, F, E, Em)

– Talking about power chords (5th and 6th string versions) and their names
– Barre chord shapes (5th and 6th strings)
– The pentatonic scale (6th string, root position)
– Using hammer-ons and pull-offs for pentatonic scale
– Chromatic technique excercise (picking and left hand technique excercises)
– Introduction to our first tune.

Class 2: Playing our first tune, and writing a chord chart


– Learning a lengthy solo (each class we will add a phrase).
– Transforming our first tune (using barre chord substitutes)
– Exploring bare chords (changing notes and easy fills).

Class 3: Pentatonic licks and improvising

– add a phrase to our long solo (and break down the vocabulary)
– Barre-chord fills
– Open chord fills
– Introducing a second tune and writing a chord chart
– how to play along with a new tune (how to listen and what to listen for)

Class 4: Playing rhythm guitar on second tune

–  learning the lead guitar parts for the second tune
–  pentatonic improvisation on the second tune
–  adding fills and variations to second tune
–  learning another phrase from our solo (#3)
–  bending excercises  (pentatonics, blues, and general principals)

Class 5: Review of second song, learning all parts and putting them together


– adding a phrase to our long solo (#4)
– putting all the phrases from the solo together (and metronome work)
– learning about triads (the upper part of our barre-chords)
– introduction to reggae playing
– writing a chart for reggae tune
– introduction to voice leading and triad inversions

Class 6: Review of third song and triads

– exploring triads and voice leading (using our previous songs)
– work on our long solo (phrase #5)
– learning a new position for pentatonic scales (root position on 5th string)
– Review of previous topics and tunes.

Class 7: Finish our long solo, put the pieces together


– learn the entire song with the solo (4th tune)
– writing a chart for our 4th tune
– playing lead and rhythm, work on accompaniment, time and feel
– explore areas of improvisation in our new tune.

Class 8: New and advanced techniques

– introduction to two hand tapping (exercises and sample licks)
– introduction to sweep picking (exercises and sample licks)
– introduction to tremolo picking
– preparing our repertoire for a performance (review of tunes and tweaking)

Class 9: Working towards a performance


– running difficult parts of tunes
– rehearsal tips (how to get as much done in a short amount of time!)
– working out the smaller details
– tips on what to listen for once you’ve got the chords and notes together

Class 10: Putting everything together

– running the whole set
– review of the trouble spots
– more practice tips and exercises for the future.

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