GUITAR CRITERIA

Beginner

Expect to learn:

Tuning your instrument by ear/ tuner
Learning string names
Simple Warm up exercises
Basic Rhythms with metronome (Open strings)
Simple open chords - Major, Minor, Dominant
Knowledge of guitar parts
Construction of the major scale, C major on one string
Harmonising the Major Scale
Basic blues shuffle rhythms (12 bar blues)
Learn Popular songs
Open Major and Minor Pentatonic and blues scales
Learning the notes of the fretboard
Ear training
Basic Music Theory
Shortcut chord positions, such as D F A System and power chords
Right hand palm mute
Left-hand Dampening
Alternate up-down picking and all-downward picking strokes
Making the right-hand the “drummer”
Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides
Basic finger style method
Triad chord theory
Planning the perfect practise routine
...and more!
Rockschool Grade 1 - 3

If you are a beginner and would like to book a guitar lesson please contact us  to make arrangements.

Intermediate

At an intermediate level you will know the basics and have an understanding of how to play the guitar - some scales, chords, power chords, rhythm playing, improvised soloing.

Expect to learn:

Barre chords:-
Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7
CAGED system
Chord family’s
Circle of 4th’s and 5th's
Pentatonic 1-5
Minor blues Pentatonic
Legato phrases and runs
Staccato and use of dynamics
Minimising your finger movements
Scales: Major (Ionian), Minor (Aeolian)
Music Theory
Harmonising the Minor Scale
Diatonic 7th chord voicing
Major and Minor arpeggios - 2 string shape
Inventive rhythm guitar playing
Double stops, bends, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, legato
Blues playing - expression, groove and feel
Improvised solo/lead guitar techniques
...and much more!
Rockschool grade 4-5

If you are at intermediate level and would like to book a guitar lesson please contact to make arrangements.

Advanced

At an advanced level you will know most, if not all of the above, and be looking for a challenge to take your playing to the next level.

Expect to learn:

Full usage of the CAGED System
Chord extensions: 7, 9, 11, 13
Altered dominant chords: 7#5, 7b5, 7#9, 7b9
Major and Minor arpeggios - 6, 5, 4, 3, string shapes
Extended arpeggios
Superimposing arpeggios - creating 7, 9, 11, 13 sounds
Diatonic 7th Major Scale voicing continued
The Modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian
Harmonic Minor
Melodic Minor
Modal Interchange
Expressive solo guitar
Effortless technique (left and right hand)
Picking styles: alternate, economy, sweep, hybrid, chicken-picking, Travis-picking
Learning to improvise in all styles and genres
Performance skills
...and much more!
Rockschool grade 6- 7-8

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