Guitar Performance Ensemble
Development of ensemble group-playing skills, focusing on the roles of the guitarist. Development of melodic performance, rhythm guitar/accompaniment techniques, and improvisation in an ensemble setting. Material will be learned through use of recordings and call-and-response techniques as well as written music materials. Instrumentation: six electric guitars, bass, and drums.
Performing groups for guitar principals. Offered in stylistically delineated sections, including jazz, rock, metal, acoustic pop, funk, fusion, and blues, this course focuses on development of performance skills in the specified style. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.
Jazz Guitar Trio
This ensemble will aid the student in performing in a jazz trio setting of guitar, acoustic bass, and drum set. Topics will range from idiomatic introductions and endings; challenging standard tunes/melodies; single note, octave, and chord soloing; soloing in double stops; solo introductions (rubato and in tempo); trading fours; comping for bass solos; reharmonization considerations; modulation/transposition for variation of color; fingerstyle/pick considerations; and attaining a good sound.
Classical Guitar Repertoire
An ensemble for aspiring classical guitarists of all levels, based on the traditional repertoire class, where standard and lesser-known works of guitar literature are performed, coached, and discussed. Students will regularly perform level-appropriate pieces agreed upon with the instructor, and through these performances, the class will provide a survey of guitar literature. Coaching will cover issues of classical guitar performance such as tone, technique, musicality, interpretation, and style. The course will also include study of major classical guitarists and their recordings.
Classical Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble 1
An intermediate level ensemble focusing on the rehearsal, recording, and performance of literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.
Guitar Artist Ensemble
In-depth approach to guitar performance, with each section of the course dedicated to signature repertoire and vocabulary of specific artists. Students will focus on the artist's harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic styles. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.
Classical Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble 2
Sight-reading and performing more advanced literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.
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.