Advanced Rock Guitar Performance Techniques
Instrumental lab for guitar principals with third-semester or higher standing. Emphasis on application of theory and musicianship concepts presented in core music studies (harmony and ear training) to modern rock guitar improvisation.
The Music of the Allman Brothers Band
This course teaches guitarists the music of the Allman Brothers band. Students will be given transcriptions and learn to play the music of the Allman Brothers Band, which will include analysis and improvisation pertaining to the harmonic structure of the tunes. Slide technique, pentatonic and modal scale applications, chord forms, and arpeggios will also be incorporated into the class.
Jimi Hendrix Lab
Study of guitar performance skills based on the music of Jimi Hendrix. Concentration on intonation, tone production, transcription skills, and a variety of techniques both conventional and unorthodox.
Solo Jazz Guitar
This lab offers an in-depth analysis of complex harmonic situations in the creation and performance of chord solos, involving mechanical voicings derived from chord scales and various reharmonization techniques.
Advanced Brazilian Guitar Styles
A study and performance of the Brazilian guitar tradition. This course will look into the solo style of Baden Powell, teach some of the chorihnos, and continue to expand upon the repertoire of Antônio Carlos Jobim and more contemporary Brazilian composers.
Performance lab for guitar principals focusing on development of advanced reading skills. Each session will be thorough and challenging. Individual solos as well as group arrangements will be played.
Advanced Guitar Performance Lab
For advanced guitar principals, continued development of skills and techniques with emphasis on reading and group performance.
Building Guitar Technique through Triads
This lab uses the original George Van Eps method for guitar. The student is rigorously involved in developing a triad-oriented approach to the finger board. Topics covered include harmonized scales and scale patterns, melodized triads, and free improvisations. Strong emphasis on correct technique for both right and left hands.
Polyrhythms for Guitar 2
This is a continuation of ILGT-269 (rhythmic displacement in comping and soloing by the use of polyrhythms and polymeters).
The Linear Style of Pat Martino: Approaches to Jazz Improvisation
Instrumental lab for guitar principals emphasizing performance in the style of Pat Martino. Study of ‚études and line studies as preparation for performing transcribed solos. Application of linear concepts to improvisation.
Wes Montgomery Lab
Study and performance of the guitar playing style of Wes Montgomery through recordings and transcribed solos featuring Montgomery's own fingerings, phrasing, etc. Focus on the artist's blues and swing feel, spontaneous improvisation, and individuality.
Show/Theater Guitar Lab
Performance and study of guitar books from Broadway shows, night clubs, and recording sessions.