String Theory 4

Course Number: MUS-262DLCredit 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 symmetrical scales, whole tone scale, harmonic minor, legato technique and hybrid picking, and drop-3 voicings.  Prerequisite: String Theory 3.

Adam Levy

Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years, and his talents continue to evolve today. He was recruited for Norah Jones’ recording of “Come Away with Me,” her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut on Blue Note Records. He remained in Jones’ orbit for several years to come, recording two additional albums and three DVDs, and touring the world as a member of her Handsome Band. He also played on Tracy Chapman’s mid-90s masterpiece New Beginning. Levy’s guitar earns the limelight in the bluesy “Give Me One Reason,” which won Best Rock Song at the 1997 Grammy Awards.Levy is also a respected writer and educator, with the instructional courses Play the Right Stuff (book/DVD), 50 Low-Down Rhythms (DVD/online course), and Rhythm Makeover(DVD/online course) to his credit, as well as numerous articles for Guitar PlayerFretboard Journal, and other top guitar magazines.

Lesson 1: Symmetrical Scales | Whole-step/Half-step & Half-step/Whole-step

  • Overview
  • Construction of W/H and H/W Scales
  • C W/H — Five CAGED Fingerings, with Diminished Triad Anchor
  • C H/W — Five CAGED Fingerings, with Diminished Triad Anchor
  • C H/W — Four Notes Per String
  • C W/H — Four Notes Per String
  • Triads within C H/W (Fingering 2)
  • 7th Chords within the H/W Scale (Fingering 2)
  • Common Symmetrical Lick within the C H/W Scale (Fingering 2)

 

Lesson 2: Whole-Tone Scale

  • Overview
  • Common Whole-tone Chords
  • C Whole-tone — Five CAGED fingerings, with Augmented Triad Anchor
  • C Whole-tone — Five CAGED fingerings, with Augmented Triad Anchor
  • C Whole-tone — Three-notes-per-string Fingering
  • C Whole-tone melodic pattern (Fingering 4)

 

Lesson 3: Harmonic Minor

  • Overview
  • Diatonic Triads from C Harmonic Minor
  • Diatonic 7th Chords from C Harmonic Minor
  • Diatonic 7th Chords from C Harmonic Minor — Drop-2 Voicings
  • C Harmonic Minor — Five CAGED fingerings
  • Diatonic 7th Arpeggios from C Harmonic Minor — Five CAGED Fingerings

Lesson 4: Legato Technique and Hybrid Picking

  • Overview
  • Three-Notes-Per-String Major Scale Fingerings
  • Scalar Sequences (Legato Technique)
  • Giuliani Arpeggios (Hybrid Technique)

 

Lesson 5: Drop-3 Voicings

  • Overview
  • Drop-3 Voicings for Cmaj7, C7, Cm7, Cm7b5
  • Other Inversions
  • Chord Scales
  • Cycle-4 Exercise
  • Cycle-4 Alternating-Voicings Exercise
  • “All the Things You Are”

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: