A course exploring a wide range of creative, aesthetic, conceptual, and technical aspects of recording electric and acoustic guitar. Topics will include the creation of overdubbed parts in a recording session and related aspects of tone; orchestration and concept; recording media; direct recording of electric guitar; microphone use and theory applied to electric and acoustic guitar; use of equalization, compression, and other effects in a recording environment; and mixing and production concepts.
Performance of material from Country Guitar Styles, including single-note solos, pedal steel style, folk fingerpicking, and western swing.
Study and performance of guitar riffs, leads, and grooves as recorded by Harrison, Lennon, and McCartney. Role of the guitar in pop/rock recording and production, including triads, four-note voicings, characteristic rhythms, phrasing, effects, layering, and the mini-orchestra concept. Developing typical accompaniment patterns for contemporary songs.
A continuation of ILGT-221 using standards that present greater challenges. Tunes are prepared (melody, chords, bass line, and improvisation) for critiqued performance on a weekly basis. Techniques for and approaches to improvisation, including the application of melodic and harmonic minor scales and diminished and whole tone scales.
A lab for guitar principals continuing the development of harmonic and voice-leading concepts introduced in ILGT-223. Various string combinations and voicing sizes will be introduced, and a more in-depth examination of modal harmonies and upper-structure triads will be developed.
A systematic technique developing a complete rhythm section style of accompaniment playing, ideal for duo and trio situations. Class participation involves weekly performance of standard, jazz, blues, or Latin tunes.
Students will record solo guitar pieces of their choice, which may include original arrangements, transcriptions, adaptations in various genres, and Guitar Department-produced handouts. Recordings may also include chord soloing with rhythm section.
Applications, scope, and limitations of guitar synthesizers. Understanding the operating principles of guitar synthesizers as they have evolved with developments in technology. Discussion of appropriate performance techniques and related problems.
Hands-on training with current digital equipment and electronic devices. Approaches to effective performance using various signal-processing equipment.
Study and performance of the guitar playing style of George Benson through recordings and transcriptions. Students will focus on the artist's harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic styles.
A continuation of ILGT-241, with more advanced theory and techniques. Analysis becomes secondary, and in-class performance is emphasized. Instructor demonstration is continued.
Study of guitar performance skills based on the music of Jeff Beck. Concentration on intonation, tone production, transcription skills, and a variety of techniques both conventional and unorthodox.