Analyse and build extended chords.

Inverted chords, variations on triads, power chords, add chords, suspended chords, slash chords.

Chord symbols, general rules for writing chords. Analyse the afore mentioned for the following types of chords, (triads, triads with added notes, seventh chords, extended chords, altered chords, other chords).


Modes, mode construction, finding modes in different keys, application of modes,

(as tools built around the key centre, as sounds outside the diatonic relationship and as a basis for altered scales).


Minor harmony with some variations, non diatonic relationships pertaining to minor scales. Leading tones within the turnaround of minor scales. Diminished seventh chord, minor, major seventh chord. Minor key centres, combining major and minor key centres.


Harmonic minor scale and it's application, Melodic minor scale and it's application.

Traditional use and contemporary use of the Melodic minor scale. Dorian mode and its application.


Modal interchange, (harmony that does not fit the rules of any one key).

Parallel major and minor keys, analysis of "borrowed" parallel major and minor chords.


Secondary Dominants, analysis, types of secondary dominants, variations on secondary dominants.


Altered chords, tension and resolution, building altered chords, voice leading, voice leading with several alterations.


Altered scales, building altered scales. Functioning Dominant Seventh chord "altered".


Non functioning Dominant Seventh.


Rhythm Studies


Pedal Tones combined with strumming rhythms.


Ad-lib rhythm playing, (strum and fill rhythmically slightly differently in each

performance), maintaining stylistic integrity.


Fusion rhythms, A firm grasp of rhythm as a driving force in popular music is explored extensively.


Latin rhythms, in particular the complex world of Brizilian rhythms including Bossa Nova & Samba. Introduction into the real world of Jazz/Fusion playing.

Fast 2-beat Country rhythm Guitar is explored, particularly, chicken Picking.


Styles Study & Implementation

Triads and their role in harmony, particularly when inverted. Melodic usage of triads.


Chord shapes/inversions. Cycle of fourths.

Blues Rock Genre. Blues Rock is a style of music that depends heavily on Tone,

Vibrato, Bending and note choice.


Applied Single String Technique

Scales and Arpeggios, applied over the various types of chords. Maj7, Min7, Dom7 etc.

Over each of these types of chords there are a number of scale and arpeggio choices eg; CMaj7, we can utilize CLyd, CMaj, scales we can also use Emin7 arp, Amin7 arp, GMaj7 arp, etc.


modal relationships between Melodic Minor and Mixolydian. Lydian Dom and its various arpeggios, as well as Mixolydian and its arpeggios.


Dorian Mode, Blues scale and the Major Pentatonics that go with them as well as



Combining Dorian, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor scales, adding 9th's 11th's to



Minor 7 flat 5 arpeggios and how to implement them over progressions.

Modes of the Melodic minor, diminished arpeggios over progressions.

Diminished arpeggios over Dominant. Melodic Minor, Major Pentatonic

and Dorian choises over progressions.

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