Fretboard Harmony

Students enrolled in Fretboard Harmony Guitar Class will be given training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres – from classical to country. The primary goal of the course 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. We explore artistic ways to approach improvisation. There is consistency between the musical examples for this class and Campfire Bootcamp 101 so students have an opportunity to put the theory into practice.

Fretboard Harmony Intro to Major Keys:

  • The Function of the Notes in Open Position and Pattern Major Scales
  • Transposition
  • Bass Lines
  • Barre Chords and Major and Minor Triads in Major Keys
  • Diatonic Chord Progressions

Fretboard Harmony Intro to Minor Keys:

  • Application of the Material from ‘Major Keys – Scales and Common Chords in Minor Keys
  • Open Position and Pattern Scales, Transposition, Bass Lines, Triads, Chord Progressions
  • Dominant and Secondary Dominant Seventh Chords

Fretboard Harmony Improvisation:

  • Arpeggios
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Chords, Arpeggios and Pentatonic Scales – how they work together
  • Applying All this to a Chord Progression
  • Dominant Pentatonic Scales

Fretboard Harmony Chord Toolbox:

  • Diatonic Sevenths (Major Sevenths, Minor Sevenths, Dominant Sevenths)
  • Diminished Chords
  • Suspended Chords
  • Augmented Chords
  • Sixth Chords
  • Augmented Sixth Chords

Fretboard Harmony The Rest of the Story:

  • Application of the Material to the Rest of the Church Modes – Dorian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Lydian and Locrian
  • The Rest of the Chord Extentions – 9ths, 11ths, 13ths and Variations
  • Modulation
  • Dominant Chord Substitutions
  • Tonic Chord Substitutions

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. If you are at least a grade 2 level RCM or are comfortable playing songs in the open position and have at least dabled in barre chords and have learned a handful of licks or scales shapes, you will do just fine. You should expect to put in at least 20 min/day (2 – 3 hrs/week) of practice to be successful.


Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold

Scott Arnold, RMT (ARMT), Off-Campus Instructor (MRU), Guitarist, Banjoist, Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, Guitar Guru (CBC), Counter-Culture Nomad (CBC), Benevolent Dictator, Author, Photographer, Dog Sledder, self committed member of The Asylum for Art, all 'round nice guy and graw as ... (Tracy A Smith) believes that art is a reflection of society and making art is a balance of expressing your own beliefs within the framework of our culture, but at the same time advancing the language and technique and ...
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SessionDurationClass TimeClassTuition 
2021 Fall
September to December
10 WeeksTuesdays
7:00 - 8:00
Fretboard Harmony
Intro to Major Keys
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