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 101 topics explored include:
- The Function of the Notes in Open Position and Pattern Major Scales
- 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
Fretboard Harmony 201 topics explored include:
- Application of the Material from 101 to Minor Keys.
- Open Position and Pattern Scales, Transposition, Bass Lines, Triads, Chord Progressions, Petatonic 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
Fretboard Harmony 301 topics explored include:
- Application of the Material from 101 and 201 to the Rest of the Church Modes – Dorian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Lydian and Locrian
- The Rest of the Chord Extentions – 9ths, 11ths, 13ths and Variations
- Discussion of Dominant Chord Substitutions
- Discussion of Tonic Chord Substitutions
- Probably some more stuff as I dig in to it
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.
From Anonymous Student Evaluation Forms at MRU Conservatory when the classes were taught there
Spring 2016 – 3.83/4, 3.68/4 (mean rating per class)
“thanks for offering this type of training”