Your favorite guitarist didn’t become your favorite guitarist without the support of other musicians. The most important skill for a guitarist to learn is the exact same skill that was so important in kindergarten: playing well with others. Guitar Ensemble Techniques gives guitarists the essential and practical skills to play well with others in any ensemble situation. This course begins with daily warm-up techniques that help you prepare for rehearsals, jam sessions, and stage performances. From there, you’ll explore chords, scales, improvisation techniques, time accuracy, tone production, ear training, and the many aspects of jamming with other musicians. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to confidently interact with other musicians in a group setting and bring your A-game to any jam session you join.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- warm up effectively for a performance
- accompany other musicians with essential chord forms
- improvise over a variety of different chord progressions
- perform with a solid rhythmic foundation
- play with a personal touch that allows your unique sound to shine
- play with better technique and ear training
- go to a rehearsal or performance prepared with the essential skills that you need to play your best
Lesson 1 Warming Up
Lesson 2 Essential Chord Knowledge for Ensemble Playing Using Six Guide Tone Shapes
Lesson 3 Improvising with Minor Pentatonic Scales
Lesson 4 Know How to Play a 12-Bar Blues and its Variations
Lesson 5 Time Accuracy
Lesson 6 Tone Production Essentials: Developing Your Touch on the Guitar
Lesson 7 Develop Your Ears
Lesson 8 Picking Techniques
Lesson 9 Improve Your Reading
Lesson 10 Develop Your Phrasing
Lesson 11 Mastering Triads
Lesson 12 Performance Preparation
Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements
Completion of Guitar Chords 101 and Guitar Scales 101 or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.
In order to succeed in this course, you should have a basic understanding of standard notation and TAB. You should have a basic understanding of major and minor triads, major and minor barre chords, major and minor pentatonic scales, and the major scale and its modes. You should also be able to properly tune your instrument, and record and upload your assignments using a computer.
Students are required to record video for assignments. You can use your smartphone, digital camera, or webcam to do this. If you do not already have a preferred video software, you can use the built-in recorder tool within your assignment post. You can play the backing track through your speakers as you record and the microphone will pick up both the guitar (acoustic or through an amp) and the track as you play along.