A Guitar Department course in which students will study methods and techniques specifically related to the accompaniment of vocalists in a variety of styles and settings. Students will learn repertoire-appropriate chord and melodic techniques, including drop two and three, voicings; walking bass techniques; chord soloing techniques; and finger- and pick-style playing; as well as techniques for working with male and female vocalists in solo, duo, trio, or larger settings.
This lab is an introduction to rhythmic displacement in comping and soloing by the use of various polyrhythms and polymeters against a standard 3/4 or 4/4 time signature.
A lab for guitar principals that develops approach patterns and trains the ear for improvisation in all idioms.
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.