Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

Jazz/Blues Guitar

ILGT-231

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

This lab focuses on basic to intermediate jazz blues techniques including single-note blues heads, solos, and standard dominant-seventh, minor-seventh, and major-seventh blues progressions. Weekly playing assignments; analysis of recordings by various blues artists.

Jimmy Page Lab

ILGT-235

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

A concentrated course of study for guitarists based on the music of Jimmy Page. Topics will include early blues and rock influences, detailed analysis of solos and compositions, and use of open tunings.

Hard Rock/Metal Lab

ILGT-237

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

Exploration of technical innovations provided by three decades of classically influenced, hard-rock players. In-depth study of the early pioneers of the style (Ritchie Blackmore, Uli-Jon Roth, Michael Schenker) and the more recent guitarists (Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, Joe Stump) who helped to redefine the genre known most commonly as shred.

The Music of Kenny Burrell and Grant Green

ILGT-238

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

Students will listen, analyze, transcribe, and perform solos by guitarists Kenny Burrell and Grant Green. Material covered will include instruction on the performance styles and techniques of these artists and their approach to improvisation, with attention to fingerings, phrasing, articulation, and harmonic structures.

Jazz/Rock Improvisation for Guitar

ILGT-241

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

Study and application of scales and harmony in this style of improvisation and their application to the guitar, including fingering and guitaristic devices (string bending, slides, etc.). Presentation is through written and recorded examples of contemporary artists (including nonguitarists), instructor demonstration, and student performance with taped rhythm section.

Jazz/Rock Rhythm Guitar Playing

ILGT-243

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

The application of harmony as it occurs in popular music. Rhythm guitar parts presented through tapes, transcriptions, and demonstrations of jazz, rock, funk, and fusion records. Included are adaptations of keyboard parts to guitar and discussion and demonstration of various rhythm guitar techniques (two- and three-note voicings, mutings, etc.).

Rock Guitar Lab

ILGT-245

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

Performance of material from Rock Guitar Styles including extensive lead and rhythm examples in all idioms of rock music from the 1950s to the present day.

Steel Guitar Lab

ILGT-247

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT

Aspects of steel guitar performances in exemplary styles including Hawaiian, western swing, country, blues, and jazz. Extensive listening and study of transcribed examples. Students use their own guitars with an inexpensive accessory to learn bar control and picking methods. Exploration of alternative open tunings.

Slide Guitar Lab

ILGT-249

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT

Study of technique, repertoire, and improvisational approaches with regard to contemporary slide-guitar performance.

Advanced Blues/Rock Guitar Techniques

ILGT-251

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

Study of advanced rock and blues guitar techniques: string bending, chromatic harmony in the idiom, tone production, and repertoire. This will be accomplished through analysis of tune melodies and solo transcriptions prepared by the teacher and transcriptions completed by each individual student. Emphasis will be placed on jazz improvisation approaches and their application to rock and blues soloing.

Groove Concept for Funk Guitar Performance

ILGT-253

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119
Department: GUIT

This lab will break down all aspects of funk guitar styles. Students will familiarize themselves with salient concepts including phrasing, time, rhythm playing, playing the pocket, harmonics possibilities, and understanding the many roles that the guitar can play in funk settings. Funk is a dialect in the musical language. As is the case with any language, students will focus on understanding and communicating in this dialect, listening to pronunciation and how sentences are phrased, and building a strong vocabulary.

Guitar Lab – Developmental Arpeggios

ILGT-261

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT

Instrumental lab for guitar principals dealing with two-octave, three- and four-part arpeggios across the guitar. Included in weekly assignments will be exercises and drill studies.

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