Semester 1 Contents


  • Foundations for Versatile Rhythm Guitar
  • Basic Chord Vocabulary: The 5 Major Chord Shapes
  • Basic Chord Vocabulary: The 3 Minor Chord Shapes
  • Basic Chord Vocabulary: The 5 "Over 3" Chord Shapes
  • Layered 16th Note Strumming
  • Strumming Example
  • Switching Chords
  • PRACTICE:Strumming Level 1
  • PRACTICE: Strumming Level 2
  • PRACTICE: Strumming Level 3
  • A Strumming Pattern is a Drum Beat

  • Navigating Notes on the Neck
  • Musical ABCs on the Guitar
  • Sharps, Flats, and Chord Names
  • Shortcuts to Finding Notes
  • Finding all "E"s on the Guitar
  • Finding all "A"s and "B"s
  • PRACTICE: The E-A-B Jam
  • New Examples of Layered Strumming

  • Understanding Scales
  • Introduction to Solfege
  • Simple Solfege on the Guitar
  • The Major Scale
  • Articulations - Expressing Yourself
  • PRACTICE: Articulations - Major Scale
  • EAR: Hearing Notes in the Major Scale
  • PRACTICE: Improvisation - Major Scale

  • Rhythm Guitar Dynamics and Textures
  • Palm-muting and Power Chords
  • Palm-muted Power Chord Riff
  • Introduction to Fingerstyle
  • Basic Fingerstyle Patterns
  • Varying Dynamics in a Song
  • PRACTICE: Dynamic Rhythm Playing

  • Extending our Lead Range and Options
  • The Minor Scale
  • EAR: Hearing Notes in the Minor Scale
  • Connecting the Minor & Major Scales
  • The Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Introduction to String Bending
  • Bending Exercise Explained
  • PRACTICE: String Bending Exercise
  • More on Lead Guitar Concepts
  • PRACTICE: Improvisation - Minor and Major Scales

  • Understanding Chords
  • The Concept of Intervals
  • Minor 2nd to Major 3rd on the Neck
  • Perfect 5th and Octave on the Neck
  • Major and Minor Triads
  • Analyzing Major & Minor Chord Shapes
  • Intervals & Triads
  • QUIZ: Intervals & Triads

  • How Chords Fit Together in Any Key
  •  Breaking Down Major & Minor 3rds to Steps
  • Building chords from Do through La
  • What's the Problem with Ti?
  • Chords in the Key of G
  • The Musical Number System
  • EAR: Hearing the Difference Between Major & Minor Chords
  • PRACTICE: Number System in the Key of G
  • QUIZ: Chords in the Key of G

  • Extending our Rhythm Guitar range and options
  • The Barre Technique Explained
  • The 5 Major Barre Shapes
  • Flipping the G Chord in All 5 Shapes
  • Introduction to the CAGED System
  • The 3 Minor Barre Shapes
  • Percussive Strumming with Barre Chords
  • Switching Barre Chords
  • PRACTICE: Percussive Strumming

  • More Keys for More Options
  • Chords in the Key of D
  • Chord Quiz - Key of D
  • Chords in the Key of E
  • Chord Quiz - Key of E
  • How to Capo with G, D, or E Shapes
  • The Actual Names of Capoed Chords
  • PRACTICE: Number System in the Key of D
  • PRACTICE: Number System in the Key of E

  • Further Expanding our Range for Soloing
  • The Dorian Scale
  • Minor to Major to Dorian Connection
  • The 134 Diagonal Connection
  • The Phrygian Scale
  • The 124 Diagonal Connection
  • Pedal Point and the Monster Scale Exercise
  • Improvisation and the Monster Scale Exercise

  • Rounding Things Out
  • Applying the Scales in Any Key
  • Over 3 Chords Barred
  • The Number System with Barre or Power Chords
  • EAR: How to Hear Chords in a Song
  • EAR: Practice Hearing Chords in a Key
  • PRACTICE: Refresh on Semester 1 Content

  • PRACTICE: Key of G - Rhythm Guitar in G, D and E shapes
  • PRACTICE: Key of A - Rhythm Guitar in G, D and E shapes
  • PRACTICE: Key of E - Rhythm Guitar in G, D and E shapes

  • PRACTICE: Semester 1 Lead Guitar Escapade

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