String Theory 2

Course Number: MUS-155DL Credit Hours: 2

Course Description

In this series, students study the practical application of harmony and theory as it pertains to the guitar neck. Selected subjects include triad studies, 7th chords, arpeggio studies, and “putting it all together.” Prerequisite: String Theory 1.

Dave Hill

Dave Hill has been around music his entire life. He started off playing piano as a young boy. He became interested in learning guitar when his 3rd grade teacher offered after school lessons. He has been playing guitar ever since. Growing up in Seattle Washington, his love of music went all directions – Pop music, country, jazz, blues rock and folk. His diverse love of music enabled him to soak up the essential characteristics of many styles of guitar playing.
To further his studies,and immerse himself in the music scene Dave moved to Los Angels in 1983. He has been on the staff at Los Angeles College of Music since 2001.
He has been active in the Los Angles music scene since 1985, playing countless recording sessions, and gigs including, Contemporary Jazz great Gregg Karukas, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Max Bennett of the LA Express, Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjacketsand most recently a world tour with legendary British singer Englebert Humperdinck. In 2008, Dave appeared with Freddie Ravel at the Playboy Jazz festival in Los Angeles.
Dave’s music has taken him around the word on almost every continent. His music is particularly appreciated by audiences in Europe and regularly tours Italy doing Guitar Clinics and concerts. Dave has published a popular book with Hal Leonard entitled, “The Licktionary”.
He can be seen playing around the Los Angeles/ Orange county area with Contemporary Jazz keyboard player, Scott Wilkie, Freddie Ravel, and Pretzel Logic, “A Steely Dan Review”. In 2004 he released his contemporary Jazz CD, “Two Seasons” to critical acclaim and toured to promote it. In 2010, he followed that release with “New World”. This CD finds him in stellar musical company as he has Jazz heavy weights “The Yellowjackets” guest appear on it. The results are impressive. Dave is currently in production of his latest CD.
Dave’s classes at LACM include, String Theory, Studio Guitar, and Contemporary Guitar Styles as well as giving Private Instruction. As a professional in the music business for 35 years, Dave shares his wealth of knowledge with a blend of humor, and a lot of practical insight.

Lesson 1: Triad Studies

  • Introduction
  • Triad studies (chords and arpeggios)
  • The Major, Minor, Dim and Augmented Triad
  • Arpeggio workouts in above triads

Lesson 2: 7th Chords

  • Harmonzation of the Major scale
  • Drop 2 Voicings
  • Major 7th, Dom 7th, Mi 7thand Mi7b5 chords
  • Drop 2 chord scales

Lesson 3: Arpeggio Studies

  • Major 7th
  • Dominant 7th
  • Arpeggio workouts in Maj 7thand Dom7th

Lesson 4: Arpeggio Studies (continued)

  • Minor 7th
  • Minor 7thb5
  • Arpeggio workouts in Min 7thand Min 7b5

Lesson 5: “Putting it All Together”

  • Diatonic 7thArpeggio Sequence
  • Diatonic 5ths in Major Scale
  • “Fun with 5ths” Workout progression

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

You will need:

  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Amp
  • Metronome (or metronome app)
  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
  • Behringer Xenyx Q502USB Mixer
  • CD/MP3 player (separate from computer)
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Video/audio recording software, such as iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device

Software Requirements: