Beginner

 

Expect to learn:

 

Tuning your instrument by ear/ tuner

Learning string names

Simple Warm up exercises

Basic Rhythms with metronome (Open strings)

Simple open chords - Major, Minor, Dominant

Knowledge of guitar parts

Construction of the major scale, C major on one string

Harmonising the Major Scale

Basic blues shuffle rhythms (12 bar blues)

Learn Popular songs

Open Major and Minor Pentatonic and blues scales  

Learning the notes of the fretboard

Ear training

Basic Music Theory

Shortcut chord positions, such as D F A System and power chords

Right hand palm mute

Left-hand Dampening

Alternate up-down picking and all-downward picking strokes

Making the right-hand the “drummer”

Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides

Basic finger style method

Triad chord theory

Planning the perfect practise routine

...and more!

Rockschool Grade 1 - 3

 

If you are a beginner and would like to book a guitar lesson please contact us  to make arrangements.

 

 

Intermediate

 

At an intermediate level you will know the basics and have an understanding of how to play the guitar - some scales, chords, power chords, rhythm playing, improvised soloing.

 

Expect to learn:

 

Barre chords:-

Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7

CAGED system

Chord families

Circle of 4th’s and 5th's

Pentatonic 1-5

Minor blues  Pentatonic

Legato phrases and runs

Staccato and use of dynamics

Minimising your finger movements

Scales: Major (Ionian), Minor (Aeolian)

Music Theory

Harmonising the  Minor Scale

Diatonic 7th chord voicing

Major and Minor arpeggios - 2 string shape

Inventive rhythm guitar playing

Double stops, bends, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, legato

Blues playing - expression, groove and feel

Improvised solo/lead guitar techniques

...and much more!

Rockschool grade 4-5

 

If you are at intermediate level and would like to book a guitar lesson please contact to make arrangements.

 

 

 

Advanced

 

 

At an advanced level you will know most, if not all of the above, and be looking for a challenge to take your playing to the next level.

 

Expect to learn:

 

Full usage of the CAGED System

Chord extensions: 7, 9, 11, 13

Altered dominant chords: 7#5, 7b5, 7#9, 7b9

Major and Minor arpeggios - 6, 5, 4, 3, string shapes

Extended arpeggios

Superimposing arpeggios - creating 7, 9, 11, 13 sounds

Diatonic 7th Major Scale voicing continued

The Modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian

Harmonic Minor

Melodic Minor

Modal Interchange

Expressive solo guitar

Effortless technique (left and right hand)

Picking styles: alternate, economy, sweep, hybrid, chicken-picking, Travis-picking

Learning to improvise in all styles and genres

Performance skills

...and much more!

Rockschool grade 6- 7-8

 

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