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Fretboard harmony 101

This is a 3 part collection of books which is used in the Fretboard Harmony 101 course. The first book covers the concepts of theory, the second is a collection of musical examples and the third is a practice routine to follow

This collection is the beginning of of a curriculum which offers training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres - from classical to country to jazz. The primary goal of the curriculum is to become familiar with the rudimentary harmonic and melodic patterns used by the musicians we love and to unlock the mystery surrounding the recurrence of these patterns on the fretboard. We begin with fundamental musicianship training and expand that to the guitar. Toward the end of the course we explore artistic, logical ways to approach improvisation.

Topics explored include:

  • The Function of the Notes in Open Position and Pattern Major Scales
  • Transposition
  • The Location and Function of Major and Minor Triads in Major Keys
  • Bass Lines
  • Diatonic and Dominant Chord Progressions
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Harmonic and Melodic Voice Leading
  • Improvisation

This curriculum is valuable for guitarists at a beginner to advanced level of any playing style. Reading standard notation, although helpful, is not required because this class approaches the music from a harmonic perspective as it relates to the patterns of the fretboard


Fretboard harmony 201

This is a 3 part collection of books which is used in the Fretboard Harmony 201 course. The first book covers the concepts of theory, the second is a collection of musical examples and the third is a practice routine to follow

This collection is the second part of a curriculum which offers training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres - from classical to country to jazz. The primary goal of the curriculum is to become familiar with the rudimentary harmonic and melodic patterns used by the musicians we love and to unlock the mystery surrounding the recurrence of these patterns on the fretboard. We begin with fundamental musicianship training and expand that to the guitar. Toward the end of the course we explore artistic, logical ways to approach improvisation.

Topics explored include:

  • Application of the Material from 101 to Minor Keys.
  • Open Position and Pattern Scales, Transposition, Bass Lines, Triads, Chord Progressions, Pentatonic Scales, Voice Leading, Improvisation
  • Diatonic Seventh Chords (minor 7ths, major 7ths, dominant 7ths) and their application
  • Diminished, Suspended and Augmented Chords and their application
  • Symmetrical Scales

These classes form a curriculum that will be valuable for guitarists at an intermediate to advanced level of any playing style. Reading standard notation is not required because this class approaches the music from a harmonic perspective as it relates to the fretboard.

This curriculum is valuable for guitarists at a beginner to advanced level of any playing style. Reading standard notation, although helpful, is not required because this class approaches the music from a harmonic perspective as it relates to the patterns of the fretboard


FingerPickin' - Part 1

This book is the course materials for the ['pi.kn] class. It is the first of 2 books

Here, we will explore just that - FingerPicking. This first book of classes strives to break out of the the pattern of strumming and learn the different components of the chord. Initially, we start by breaking the bass note out of the chord and learn some rhythms, bass runs and tricks to make guitar accompaniment a dialog rather than a slave to the voice. We work through some other components and songs until we are able to play melodies, bass lines and chords all at the same time. Finally, there is a section on Travis Picking.

Topics explored include:

  • Bass Lines while strumming
  • Arpeggiated Accompaniment
  • Block Chords with Bass Lines
  • Hammer Ons and Pull Offs
  • Simple Melodies with Bass Lines
  • Altered Chords and Licks
  • Travis Picking

FingerPickin' - Part 2

This book is the course materials for the ['pi.kn] Part 2 class. It is the second of 2 books

[’pi.kn] - Part 2 expands on the material learned in Part 1 with a few extra tricks. We start with a review of the accompaniment pa?erns from Part 1 and expand those techniques with some cool tricks to make the guitar sound like an orchestra

Topics explored include:

  • Percussive Accompaniment
  • Creating Melodies while Playing Bass Notes and Chords
  • Bossa and Samba Rhythms
  • Melodies in 3rd s and 6th s
  • Advanced Travis Picking

This books is a part of a curriculum that will be valuable for guitarists at a beginner to advanced level with any playing style.


Scottie'sCheatSheetExtraordiare

Everything you need to know in 2 pages!! To use this properly, you would need some background in basic harmony and fretboard theory to understand how the shapes move around the fretboard

Hardcopy comes laminated

Available for lefties too!

This includes

  • The notes on the fretboard
  • The basic chord shapes organized in a circle of fifths with the root and 5th marked for alternating bass lines
  • A circle of 5ths diagram with the diatonic chord structure outlined
  • basic barre chords with roots and 5ths marked
  • Diatonic major and minor scales over the entire fretboard with scale degrees notated and the root and 5th highlighted
  • Major and minor pentatonic scales over the entire fretboard with chord intervals marked and triads highlighted

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