MI Guitar Program

Guitar

In 1977, the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) revolutionized contemporary music education with the first full-time program to offer hands-on professional training for the electric guitarist. Over three decades later, MI remains the leader in guitar education with a unique system that combines technical, creative and professional development in a performance-based program. At MI, you learn from a proven curriculum taught by the best guitar instructors in the world, augmented by visiting artists’ seminars, concerts and lessons from some of the greatest players in contemporary music. Network with other players, find your creative voice, and get the training you need to become the player you have always dreamed of being.


Performance-Based Education in Contemporary Music

Musicians Institute’s challenging Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles) is a unique degree program combining contemporary music performance with rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence as part of a comprehensive program preparing you to enter the contemporary music industry. Upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Music in Performance in one of five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.

Major Area

  • BACH-PL Private Lesson
  • BACH-P151-P453 Bachelor Ensembles
  • (various) Instrument Study/Reading
  • BACH-P104-144 Performance
  • BACH-P108-P118 Sophomore Jury
  • BACH-P208-P218 Senior Jury

Supportive Music

  • BACH-P101-P801 Theory 1-8
  • BACH-P102-P602 Ear Training 1-6
  • BACH-P107 Styles Survey 1
  • BACH-P121-P223 Music History 1-4
  • BACH-P103-P503 Contemporary Arranging 1-5
  • BACH-P125 Directing and Conducting 2
  • BACH-P109-P209 Studio Recording 1-2
  • BACH-P124 Music Industry Studies 3
  • BACH-P127 Computer Music Applications – Sibelius 1
  • BACH-P128A-P128B Computer Music Applications – Apple Logic 1-2
  • BACH-P120 Contemporary Music Instruction
  • BACH-P113-P313 Keyboard Proficiency 1
  • BACH-V107 Diction

General Education Credits

Various (see “Articulation Agreement” for required credit distribution)

Electives Credits

(Elective requirements vary by instrument) Various

Instrument Study

BACH Guitar Reading 1
Reading studies in all regions of the neck, including chromatic, intervallic, and leading-tone studies and ensemble reading. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Guitar Reading 2
Prerequisite: BACH-G133 BACH Guitar Reading 1. Chromatic studies in the fifth position, concert-pitch transposition, and chart reading with emphasis on ensemble reading performance. Learn to read and count “cut time,” 3/4 meter, multipleposition examples, and syncopated rhythms. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Guitar Reading 3
Prerequisite: BACH-G243 BACH Guitar Reading 2. Students learn to count and read in odd and changing meters, across string sets, and with expanded emphasis on multi-position melodies. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Guitar Reading 4
Prerequisite: BACH-G353 BACH Guitar Reading 3. Advanced score interpretation and sight-reading techniques are developed using iconic musical excerpts. Emphasis on applying reading techniques to real-world sight-reading challenges. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Rhythm Guitar 1
Development of chord construction skills based on the five major-scale fingering patterns, as well as harmonized major scales and modulating chord progressions. Applications include funk rhythm patterns. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Rhythm Guitar 2
Prerequisite: BACH-G137 BACH Rhythm Guitar 1. Topics include harmonized scales applied to multiple string sets, II-V-I progressions, triplet rhythm studies, double-stop applications, rhythmic control exercises, and accompaniment textures ranging from full chords to single-note lines. Additional focus on the art of chartwriting. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Rhythm Guitar 3
Prerequisite: BACH-G247 BACH Rhythm Guitar 2. The focus is on writing and performing rhythm guitar parts in a variety of styles. Concepts include voice leading on the fretboard, seventh-chord inversions, and the use of sixteenth-note and triplet syncopation. Moderate-to-difficult chord transposition is also covered. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Rhythm Guitar 4
Prerequisite: BACH-G357 BACH Rhythm Guitar 3. Emphasizes improvising and applying stylistically appropriate rhythm parts through regular performance, as well as analysis of iconic recorded examples of rhythm guitar. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Single String Improv 1
An exploration of blues tonality, blues progressions, and improvisational techniques, including the application of blues, Dorian, and Mixolydian scales over dominant seventh harmonies. Additional studies include diatonic seventh arpeggios and their applications. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Single String Improv 2
Prerequisite: BACH-G135 BACH Single String Improv 1. Scale applications in major and minor tonalities, including key-center improvisation using Dorian, natural and harmonic minor scale patterns. Melodic sequencing and various approaches to harmonic analysis are also explored. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Single String Improv 3
Prerequisite: BACH-G245 BACH Single String Improv 2. Expanding improvisational techniques and concepts to include double-stops, “chord/scale” soloing, modal interchange, and secondary dominants. Other topics include improvisation over non-root-position chords and applications of the melodic minor scale. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Single String Improv 4
Prerequisite: BACH-G355 BACH Single String Improv 3. Chromatic variations on key-center improvisation are explored, including symmetrical scales (chromatic, diminished, whole-tone), “slash chords,” and advanced approaches to improvisation. The final exam includes a performance at an established local music venue. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

The MI Select Program (Non-Certificate Training in Music Performance) is designed to allow you to create a full-time, ten-week program by choosing from available lessons, classes, performance workshops and other activities. Enrollment is available at the beginning of any quarter and may be repeated for additional quarters.

THE MI Select PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Schedule

Based on an initial evaluation, the MI Select Coordinator provides you with a list of available courses that are appropriate to your level of knowledge and skill. From that list, you create a class schedule equal to a full-time credit load of fifteen units.

NOTE: Course offerings vary by quarter and some courses and programs are not available for MI Select enrollment. A list of available courses will be provided to you by the MI Select Coordinator prior to registration. To confirm the availability of specific courses, please consult with the MI Select Coordinator prior to enrollment.

Private Lessons

Every instrument MI Select session includes weekly, one-hour private lessons on your primary instrument. You and the instructor jointly develop a lesson plan based on your particular interests; the instructor provides general guidance throughout the program.

NOTE: Requests for private lessons with a specific instructor are subject to instructor availability.

Access

MI Select enrollment includes 24-hour access to MI’s facilities for practice and rehearsal, access to extra-curricular activities and the library, and admission to clinics and seminars offered during your period of enrollment.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

• Financial Aid – MI Select is not eligible for State or Federal financial aid.

• January and July enrollments – Most Core classes available to entering MI Select students in performance programs during January and July quarters are at intermediate-to-advanced levels. January or July enrollment is not advised for beginning-level MI Select students.

• Materials – MI Select students are entitled to receive curriculum and other materials applicable to courses included in their official course schedule only.

• Fees – MI Select students are responsible for all applicable fees; see “Tuition and Fees” for specific information.

• Course Credit – Courses taken during an MI Select session do not earn course credit. Attendance or completion of any course does not guarantee subsequent advanced placement in a Certificate or Degree program

The Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) program includes a combination of general and instrument-specific courses designed to produce skilled, knowledgeable, stylistically versatile contemporary performing guitarists. Courses are described below (see course catalog for specific course descriptions and other information). Combined with regular seminars, clinics, and small open counseling sessions with internationally-known guitarists, the AA-Guitar program provides the world’s premier contemporary guitar educational experience.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Degree requirements vary by instrument and include some or all of the following courses. See each emphasis for details on specific requirements.

All course descriptions include course number, title, number of credit units per quarter (multiply by number of required quarters for total credit amount), prerequisites (where applicable), description of content, and contact hours per week.

MAJOR AREA (All Instruments)

Private Lesson
Weekly instrument lesson with an instructor who guides the student in developing technique, musicianship and style in support of core curricular goals. The instructor and student jointly determine a specific course of study depending on student needs, strengths and experience. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

Live Performance Workshops 1-6
Students perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings. Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

Blues
Classic Rock
Country Rock
Modern Rock
Hard Rock
Metal
Classic R&B
Punk
Contemporary R&B
Hip-Hop
Fusion
Funk
Reggae
Latin
Billboard Hot 100

*LPW offerings vary by quarter; check current course schedule for availability

MUSICIANSHIP (Requirements vary by instrument)

Harmony and Theory 1
Students perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings (see section on Live Playing Workshops for overview of workshop offerings). Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

Harmony and Theory 2
A continuation of the study of musical notation and diatonic structures, including rhythmic values, time signatures, natural minor scales and key signatures, harmonized minor scales diatonic seventh chords, and key centers. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 3
Variations on diatonic structures. Topics include pentatonic scales and blues, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 4
Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 5
A study of advanced concepts in harmony, including altered scales and chords, symmetrical scales and chromatic harmony. Students learn to analyze scale/chord relationships and understand non-diatonic progressions from the perspective of both the player and writer. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 1
An introduction to Ear Training as it applies to popular music. Areas of focus include matching pitch, major scale melodies, and melodic intervals in the context of examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 2
Topics include meter and rhythm, eighth-note phrases, sightsinging, transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff, harmonic intervals, triad qualities, and diatonic major chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 3
Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 4
Sixteenth-note rhythmic phrases plus variations in minor-key melody and harmony. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 5
Triplet rhythms, blues harmony and melody, seventh chords, secondary dominants, non-diatonic root movement and quality, inversions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 6
Applied transcription skills, including chart notation, rhythm charts, lead sheets. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

MAJOR AREA

Private Lesson
Twelve credit units required (two per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Live Performance Workshops 1-6
Six credit units required (one per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Single String Improvisation 1
An introduction to the fundamentals of guitar playing, including picking styles, performance techniques, and fretboard organization. The five-pattern scale concept is applied to major and minor diatonic scales and triad arpeggios in various keys. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 2
Continued development of fretboard organization and performance techniques, including major and minor pentatonic scale patterns, arpeggios, three-note-per-string scale patterns, and economy picking. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 3
An exploration of blues tonality, blues progressions, and improvisational techniques, including the application of blues, Dorian, and Mixolydian scales over dominant seventh harmonies. Additional studies include diatonic seventh arpeggios and their applications. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 4
Scale applications in major and minor tonalities, including key-center improvisation using Dorian, natural and harmonic minor scale patterns. Melodic sequencing and various approaches to harmonic analysis are also explored. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 5
Expanding improvisational techniques and concepts to include double-stops, “chord/scale” soloing, modal interchange and secondary dominants. Other topics include improvisation over non-root-position chords and applications of the melodic minor scale. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 6
Chromatic variations on key-center improvisation are explored, including symmetrical scales (chromatic, diminished, whole-tone), “slash chords” and advanced approaches to improvisation. The final exam includes a performance at an established local music venue. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 1
An introduction to harmony as it is applied to the guitar fingerboard. Students learn to organize the neck into patterns and develop the ability to construct chords on the spot. Major, minor, and seventh chords are taught in both open and movable shapes and applied to standard rhythms and chord progressions with typical accompaniment styles. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 2
A continuation of applied fingerboard harmony, including harmonized major scales, analysis of Roman-numeralbased chord progressions, and extended chords. Emphasis is on chart reading and the development of both pick and finger-style techniques. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 3
Continued development of chord construction skills based on the five major-scale fingering patterns as well as harmonized major scales and modulating chord progressions. Applications include funk rhythm patterns. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 4
Topics include harmonized scales applied to multiple string sets, II-V-I progressions, triplet rhythm studies, double-stop applications, rhythmic control exercises, and accompaniment textures ranging from full chords to single-note lines. Additional focus on the art of chartwriting. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 5
The focus is on writing and performing rhythm guitar parts in a variety of styles. Concepts include voice leading on the fretboard, seventh-chord inversions, and the use of sixteenth-note and triplet syncopation. Moderate-to-difficult chord transposition is also covered. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 6
Emphasizes improvising and applying stylistically-appropriate rhythm parts through regular performance as well as analysis of iconic recorded examples of rhythm guitar. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 1
An introduction to ensemble performance. Emphasis is placed on listening, dynamics, awareness of song form, and basic chart reading, as well as practical performing techniques, such as giving and following cues, gear setup, sound, and stage presence. Students perform each week and develop fundamental technical approaches to a variety of popular styles while gaining live experience. Two lecture/ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 2
Ensemble performance continues with an emphasis on chart and score reading; swing, shuffle, and straight eighth-note rhythm patterns; ballads; and dual-guitar approaches. Students write original charts and perform them with rhythm section. Two lecture/ ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 3
Emphasis is on the development of tone and dynamics, navigating 12-bar blues progressions (including minor blues progressions), advanced chart reading and ensemble leadership in a live performance setting. Two lecture/ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 4
Ensemble performance continues with an emphasis on the fundamental rhythm section textures of various popular styles, including funk, hard rock, Motown, country, Latin, and more. Odd-meter grooves are also explored. Two lecture/ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 5
Continued emphasis on learning popular song styles, with students playing composed melodies over a variety of charts, including both diatonic harmonies and chromatic variations. One lecture/ensemble hour per week for one quarter plus final project/performance.

Rhythm Section Workshop 6
The development of stylistic ensemble performance techniques culminates in a final public concert in conjunction with GUIT-605 Single String Improvisation 6. One lecture/ensemble hour per week for one quarter plus final project/performance.

Reading 1
Develops the fundamentals of music reading in open position and the middle of the fretboard. Includes counting and reading basic rhythmic figures and rests in duple and triple meters as well as chart-reading symbols and terminology. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 2
Introduces sharp and flat key signatures and non-diatonic notes in reading examples arranged up to twelfth position. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 3
Additional reading studies in all regions of the neck, including chromatic, intervallic, and leading-tone studies and ensemble reading. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 4
Chromatic studies in the fifth position, concert-pitch transposition, and chart reading with emphasis on ensemble reading performance. Learn to read and count “cut time,” 3/4 meter, multiple-position examples, and syncopated rhythms. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 5
Students learn to count and read in odd and changing meters, across string sets, and with expanded emphasis on multiposition melodies. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 6
Advanced score interpretation and sightreading techniques are developed using iconic musical excerpts. Emphasis on applying reading techniques to real-world sight-reading challenges. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Guitar Studio Skills
Course provides individualized recording session experience in a professional project studio. Students learn crucial, guitar-specific studio skills, such as recording direct vs. using room mics, using pre- vs. post-input effects, dialing-in amp simulation plug-ins, stacking overdubs, doubling parts, and harmonizing melodies. Students also master must-know engineering tasks, such as advanced punch in/out, cut-andpaste, cross-fading, and sending of guitar tracks to clients via the Internet. One session hour per week for one quarter.

MUSICIANSHIP

Harmony and Theory 1-5
Seven and one-half credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Ear Training 1-6
Nine credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements”for course descriptions.

ELECTIVES

Guitar Maintenance and Repair
Classical Guitar
Blues Listening
Jazz Listening
Guitar Heroes of the ’60s and ’70s
Alternative Guitar Heroes
Guitar/Vocal Accompaniment
Acoustic Guitar
Metal Guitar
Rumba Workout
Slide Guitar
Surf/Spy Guitar
Blues Guitar
Applied Metal Guitar
Reading Boot Camp (Slow Lane)
Acid Jazz Guitar 1
Recording Guitar
Guitar Workout
Playing Techniques for Guitar
Guitar EFX
Chord Melody 1
Chord Melody 2
Jazz Guitar 1
Jazz Guitar 2
Slap, Pop, and Beyond
Jazz Workshop 1
Guitar Heroes of the ’80s
Guitar Tracking Tactics
Jimi Hendrix Rhythm Guitar
Beatles for Solo Guitar
Developing the Art of Two-Line Improvisation
Melodic Soloing
Fusion Masters
Advanced Electric Guitar Styles
Advanced Groove Concepts
Afro-Cuban Guitar
Brazilian Guitar
Country Guitar
Eclectic Electric Guitar
Funk Guitar
Shred Guitar
Blues Guitar 2
Rock Rhythm Guitar
Rock Lead Guitar
Applied Rock Improvisation
Applied Technique
Reading Boot Camp (Fast Lane)
Pop Guitar Reading Ensemble
Classical Guitar Reading Ensemble
Odd-Meter Workout
Funk Guitar Reading Ensemble
Jazz Workshop 2
Jazz Guitar Reading Ensemble
Acid Jazz Guitar 2

Associate of Arts students in instrument performance programs (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Vocals) may opt for a combined course of study which is a combination of the performance program and a music industry program (Audio Engineering, Film, Guitar Craft, Music Business, Independent Artist).

Enrollment in such programs is dependent upon admission approval and space availability.

*Associate programs are vocational and do not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level.

The four-quarter, 60 credit-unit Certificate in Performance (Guitar) curriculum is based on a teaching system that develops technical, creative and professional skills in a performance-intensive, total-immersion environment. The large, diverse staff of the best guitar instructors in the world is augmented by regular seminars, concerts, and lessons from top-ranked visiting artists. Beyond the classroom, the Guitar Program at MI is a unique opportunity to meet other players, find your creative voice, and become the player you have always dreamed of being.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Degree requirements vary by instrument and include some or all of the following courses. See each emphasis for details on specific requirements.

Access catalog for descriptions which  include course number, title, number of credit units per quarter (multiply by number of required quarters for total credit amount), prerequisites (where applicable), description of content, and contact hours per week.

MAJOR AREA (All Instruments)

Private Lesson

Weekly instrument lesson with an instructor who guides you in developing technique, musicianship and style in support of core curricular goals. You and the instructor jointly determine a specific course of study depending on your needs, strengths and experience. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

Live Performance Workshops 1-4

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings. Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

Blues

Classic Rock

Country Rock

Modern Rock

Hard Rock

Metal

Classic R&B

Punk

Contemporary R&B

Hip-Hop

Fusion

Funk

Reggae

Latin

Billboard Hot 100

*LPW offerings vary by quarter; check current course schedule for availability

MUSICIANSHIP (Requirements vary by instrument)

Harmony and Theory 1

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings (see section on Live Playing Workshops for overview of workshop offerings). Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

Harmony and Theory 2

A continuation of the study of musical notation and diatonic structures, including rhythmic values, time signatures, natural minor scales and key signatures, harmonized minor scales diatonic seventh chords, and key centers. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 3

Variations on diatonic structures. Topics include pentatonic scales and blues, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 4

Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 1

An introduction to Ear Training as it applies to popular music. Areas of focus include matching pitch, major scale melodies, and melodic intervals in the context of examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 2

Topics include meter and rhythm, eighth-note phrases, sight singing, transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff, harmonic intervals, triad qualities, and diatonic major chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 3

Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 4

Sixteenth-note rhythmic phrases plus variations in minor-key melody and harmony. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

MAJOR AREA

Private Lesson

Twelve credit units required (two per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Live Performance Workshops 1-4

Six credit units required (one per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Single String Improvisation 1

An introduction to the fundamentals of guitar playing, including picking styles, performance techniques, and fretboard organization. The five-pattern scale concept is applied to major and minor diatonic scales and triad arpeggios in various keys. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 2

Continued development of fretboard organization and performance techniques, including major and minor pentatonic scale patterns, arpeggios, three-note-per-string scale patterns, and economy picking. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 3

An exploration of blues tonality, blues progressions, and improvisational techniques, including the application of blues, Dorian, and Mixolydian scales over dominant seventh harmonies. Additional studies include diatonic seventh arpeggios and their applications. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Single String Improvisation 4

Scale applications in major and minor tonalities, including key-center improvisation using Dorian, natural and harmonic minor scale patterns. Melodic sequencing and various approaches to harmonic analysis are also explored. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 1

An introduction to harmony as it is applied to the guitar fingerboard. You learn to organize the neck into patterns and develop the ability to construct chords on the spot. Major, minor, and seventh chords are taught in both open and movable shapes and applied to standard rhythms and chord progressions with typical accompaniment styles. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 2

A continuation of applied fingerboard harmony, including harmonized major scales, analysis of Roman-numeral based chord progressions, and extended chords. Emphasis is on chart reading and the development of both pick and finger-style techniques. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 3

Continued development of chord construction skills based on the five major-scale fingering patterns as well as harmonized major scales and modulating chord progressions. Applications include funk rhythm patterns. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Guitar 4

Topics include harmonized scales applied to multiple string sets, II-V-I progressions, triplet rhythm studies, double-stop applications, rhythmic control exercises, and accompaniment textures ranging from full chords to single-note lines. Additional focus on the art of chart writing. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 1

An introduction to ensemble performance. Emphasis is placed on listening, dynamics, awareness of song form, and basic chart reading, as well as practical performing techniques, such as giving and following cues, gear setup, sound, and stage presence. You perform each week and develop fundamental technical approaches to a variety of popular styles while gaining live experience. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 2

Ensemble performance continues with an emphasis on chart and score reading; swing, shuffle, and straight eighth-note rhythm patterns; ballads; and dual-guitar approaches. You write original charts and perform them with rhythm section. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 3

Emphasis is on the development of tone and dynamics, navigating 12-bar blues progressions (including minor blues progressions), advanced chart reading and ensemble leadership in a live performance setting. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 4

Ensemble performance continues with an emphasis on the fundamental rhythm section textures of various popular styles, including funk, hard rock, Motown, country, Latin, and more. Odd-meter grooves are also explored. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Reading 1

Develops the fundamentals of music reading in open position and the middle of the fretboard. Includes counting and reading basic rhythmic figures and rests in duple and triple meters as well as chart-reading symbols and terminology. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 2

Introduces sharp and flat key signatures and non-diatonic notes in reading examples arranged up to twelfth position. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 3

Additional reading studies in all regions of the neck, including chromatic, intervallic, and leading-tone studies and ensemble reading. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 4

Chromatic studies in the fifth position, concert-pitch transposition, and chart reading with emphasis on ensemble reading performance. Learn to read and count “cut time,” 3/4 meter, multiple-position examples, and syncopated rhythms. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

MUSICIANSHIP

Harmony and Theory 1-4

Seven and one-half credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Ear Training 1-4

Nine credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

ELECTIVES

Guitar Maintenance and Repair

Classical Guitar

Blues Listening

Jazz Listening

Guitar Heroes of the ’60s and ’70s

Alternative Guitar Heroes

Guitar/Vocal Accompaniment

Acoustic Guitar

Metal Guitar

Rumba Workout

Slide Guitar

Surf/Spy Guitar

Blues Guitar

Applied Metal Guitar

Reading Boot Camp (Slow Lane)

Acid Jazz Guitar 1

Recording Guitar

Guitar Workout

Playing Techniques for Guitar

Guitar EFX

Chord Melody 1

Chord Melody 2

Jazz Guitar 1

Jazz Guitar 2

Slap, Pop, and Beyond

Jazz Workshop 1

Guitar Heroes of the ’80s

Guitar Tracking Tactics

Jimi Hendrix Rhythm Guitar

Beatles for Solo Guitar

Developing the Art of Two-Line Improvisation

Melodic Soloing

Fusion Masters

Advanced Electric Guitar Styles

Advanced Groove Concepts

Afro-Cuban Guitar

Brazilian Guitar

Country Guitar

Eclectic Electric Guitar

Funk Guitar

Shred Guitar

Blues Guitar 2

Rock Rhythm Guitar

Rock Lead Guitar

Applied Rock Improvisation

Applied Technique

Reading Boot Camp (Fast Lane)

Pop Guitar Reading Ensemble

Classical Guitar Reading Ensemble

Odd-Meter Workout

Funk Guitar Reading Ensemble

Jazz Workshop 2

Jazz Guitar Reading Ensemble

Acid Jazz Guitar 2

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