ADVANCED GUITAR CURRICULUM

Continuing from beginner guitar, students will continue to improve their skills in the area of note reading, fingerpicking, chords, strumming. Advanced guitar will dive deeper into music theory and directly apply it to playing the guitar. Students will be expected to prepare and perform a minimum of four songs throughout the course. These songs will reflect the various styles that we cover in class: palm mutes, power chords, finger picking, advanced strumming, etc.

UNIT I - BASIC THEORY

Covering the basic understanding of notes, note reading, note intervals, and scales.


UNIT II - CHORDS AND EXTENSIONS

Covering the foundation of chords.

  • Triads: Major, Minor, Augmented, Diminished
  • 7th Chords: Major, Minor, Half-Diminished, Fully Diminished

Covering the basics of chordal extensions.


UNIT III - BASS, LEAD, MELODY, and HARMONY

Breaking songs into their respective parts:

  • Melodies (vocal and instrumental)
  • Harmonies
  • Chords
  • Bassline

UNIT IV - FINAL PROJECT

Within groups, create or cover a song in its entirety using the four different parts from Unit III.