Guitar Performance Skills for the Non-Guitar Principal
A lab for the non-guitar principal focusing on technique for the development of basic lead, comping, and soloing skills for effective performance. Students are required to provide their own acoustic or electric guitar.
Guitar Styles Skills Labs
Instrumental labs for guitar principals with a minimum of second-semester standing. Offered in stylistically delineated sections (jazz, rock, funk, fusion, blues), these labs develop performance skills in the specified style.
Ensemble Preparation Lab – Guitar
A lab focusing on the development of lead, comping, and soloing skills necessary for effective performance in an ensemble. Aids to skills development include a graphic/electronic repertoire of rhythm tracks that provides effective ensemble environments. Planned outcomes include successful transition into the college ensemble program.
Guitar Comping and Soloing in Odd Meters
A course developed to aid guitarists in negotiating odd and compound meters. The student will explore meters based on groupings of 5, 7, 9, and 11 through a graduated series of exercises, ‚études, class demonstration, and participation. Some knowledge of chord voicings and the ability to solo over chord changes is strongly recommended, but not essential.
Bottleneck Blues Lab
A weekly one-hour departmental lab to develop skills and repertoire in the traditional bottleneck blues guitar style.
Creative Applications for Proficiency Materials
This lab will explore creative applications for Guitar Department final exam materials with emphasis on improvisation, accompaniment, and composition in non-jazz contexts, including use of triadic and drone-based modal vamps to assist utilizing the less familiar modes in melodic minor, harmonic minor, and harmonic major; improvisation over common and nonfunctional harmony; and comping, voice leading, and voicing creation.
Standard Tune Workshop for the Guitarist
Standard tunes are prepared (melody, chords, bass lines, and improvisation) for critiqued performance on a weekly basis. Techniques for, and approaches to, improvisation, including solo transcription and analysis of chord progressions for scale relationship.
Complete enharmonic examination of four-note structures beginning with drop 2 type voicings and including various tension additions and substitutions. Different voice-leading concepts will be introduced resulting in an enriched vertical and horizontal harmonic awareness by students.
Guitar Chart Reading and Performance
Development of reading skills focusing on interpretation of lead sheets as well as performance of guitar parts. Blend, balance, and accurate performance of intermediate to advanced rhythmic materials are to be addressed.
Guitar Chord Soloing
Immediately accessible mechanical and nonmechanical techniques for the development of arrangements for solo guitar. Each week a step-by-step approach will be demonstrated and discussed. During the semester, students will produce a tape of four chord solos (two original arrangements and two from department files).
Fingerpicking Blues Guitar
Study of technique, repertoire, and improvisational approaches in the fingerpicking style of playing blues guitar.
Performing Solo Guitarist
This lab offers students the opportunity to perform solo guitar pieces in any style, to develop solo guitar arrangements or compositions for performance, and to exploit the harmonic/melodic capabilities of the guitar. Essential elements of solo guitar will be discussed, demonstrated, and applied to student performances. Students will learn and perform original arrangements or transcriptions of pieces by artists or composers of any genre for midterm and final projects. Jazz, pop, blues, classical, funk, and folk styles will be among the idioms to be addressed.