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Susan Palmer’s Guitar Studio Newsletter

 


March 2019 Newsletter

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Hello Fellow Guitarist!

I have had fun teaching many wonderful students this month, and I am thankful that most students were able to make it into the studio through our wild snowstorms. I feel energized by the growth I see each week, and I love working with such a wide variety of guitarists.

I’m so ready for spring and our new classes! I encourage students to sign up ASAP because class size is limited, and classes may be cancelled if all interested students do not complete registration and payment by March 1st.

March Guitar Classes

Email to sign up: LeadCatPress@gmail.com

4 Week Beginning Level Small Group Guitar Class
Sundays 10:30am – 11:30am
March 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st
(No Class March 17th)

We’ll cover the basics from general guitar maintenance to playing some easy songs. Students will be introduced to reading rhythms and notes in standard music notation as well as chord and scale exercises we’ll use in our jam sessions. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, includes textbook (a $40 value)

4 Week Intermediate Level Small Group Guitar Class
Sundays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
March 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st
(No Class March 17th)

In this 4 week course, students will be taken through a course of study that will help fill in the gaps, and provide a clear path that will lead to the next level of playing. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students. Classes will consist of short lecture/demonstrations, and will be interspersed with jam sessions where students will be encouraged to apply and develop the new concepts. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, includes textbook (a $40 value)

“Pay What You Can” Small Group Guitar Class 
Sunday March 10th 1:30pm – 2:00pm

This month I’ll be offering a jam session to students who are currently studying with me, or who have taken a class with me in the past. When I see who is interested, I’ll come up with our set list and skill level checklist for folks so they can prepare for our session in advance. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $20 suggested donation
 

It’s Easy to Support Guitar Education, And I Need Your Help!

Besides working hard with each student during our lessons, I also work hard to keep the cost of running this business low. I’m an affiliate with several companies, which means that when you use one of my links to buy *anything* from Amazon, Apple App Store, or TrueFire, I receive a percentage of the sale. This helps cover the increases I’ve seen in my Seattle business taxes, studio rent, and business insurance this year. Once my costs are covered, I use these funds to offer more scholarships and more “Pay What You Can” Guitar Classes. And as always, anyone can use the Free Online Guitar Course on my website.

Thanks so much for your support, I look forward to working with you!

Play on,

Susan Palmer

Email: LeadCatPress@gmail.com

Street: 911 E. Pike Street STE 219  Seattle, WA 98122

FREE GUITAR COURSE: YEAR FOUR WEEKLY LESSON VIDEOS AND ASSIGNMENTS


To get the most out of this free guitar course, you will need to do the homework in the books. Year Three Uses Volume Two. Order above, or learn more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR FOUR: FIRST QUARTER

Improvisation Concepts, Pages 91-106 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Improvising over the 2-5-1 chord progressions in the keys of C, F, Bb, G in All 5 Positions; using chord tones

Chord Concepts, Page 150 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Major Triads in All Inversions, All Keys, All String Sets

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of C, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 91-94

Chords 〮All Major Triads in Root Position 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in root position in all 12 keys
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of C, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 91-94

Chords 〮All Major Triads in Root Position 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in root position in all 12 keys
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of F, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮 Pages: 95-98

Chords 〮All Major Triads in First Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in first inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of F, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮 Pages: 95-98

Chords 〮All Major Triads in First Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in first inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Bb, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 99-102

Chords 〮All Major Triads in Second Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in second inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Bb, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 99-102

Chords 〮All Major Triads in Second Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in second inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of G, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 103-106

Chords 〮All Major Triads, All Inversions 〮Page: 150
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of G, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 103-106

Chords 〮All Major Triads, All Inversions 〮Page: 150
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Keys of C, F, Bb and G

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 92-106

Chords 〮All Major Triads, All Inversions 〮Page: 150

YEAR FOUR: SECOND QUARTER

Improvisation Concepts, Pages 107-126 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Improvising over the 2-5-1 chord progressions in the keys of  D, Eb, A, and Ab in all 5 Positions; using chord tones

Chord Concepts, Page 150 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Minor Triads in All Inversions, All Keys, All String Sets

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of D, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 91-94

Chords 〮All Major Triads in Root Position 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in root position in all 12 keys
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of D, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 107-111

Chords 〮All Minor Triads in Root Position 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in root position in all 12 keys
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Eb, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮 Pages: 107-111

Chords 〮All Minor Triads in First Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in first inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Eb, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮 Pages: 112-116

Chords 〮All Minor Triads in First Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in first inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of A, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 112-116

Chords 〮All Minor Triads in Second Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in second inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of A, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 117-121

Chords 〮All Minor Triads in Second Inversion 〮Page: 150, Play all major triads in second inversion in all 12 keys
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Ab All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 117-121

Chords 〮All Minor Triads, All Inversions 〮Page: 150
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Ab, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 122-126

Chords 〮All Major and Minor Triads, All Inversions 〮Page: 150
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Keys of  C, F, Bb, G, D, Eb, A and Ab

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages 92-126

Chords 〮All Major and Minor Triads, All Inversions 〮Page: 150

YEAR FOUR: THIRD QUARTER

Improvisation Concepts, Pages 127-148 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Improvising over the 2-5-1 chord progressions in the keys of E, Db, B, and Gb in all 5 Places; using chord tones

Chord Concepts, Page 155 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Chord Shapes for Walking Bass Line Comping

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of E, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 127-131

Chords 〮REVIEW Big Band Chord Voicings = Video Lesson #26 〮Page: 151
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of E, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 127-131

Chords 〮Playing Chords and Walking Bass Lines = Video Lesson #28 〮Page: 155, Major 6 or 7 chords in all keys
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Db, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 132-136

Chords 〮Playing Chords and Walking Bass Lines = Video Lesson #28 〮Page: 155, Dominant 7 chords in all keys
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Db, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 132-136

Chords 〮Playing Chords and Walking Bass Lines = Video Lesson #28 〮Page: 155, Minor or minor 7 chords in all keys
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of B, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 137-141

Chords 〮Playing Chords and Walking Bass Lines = Video Lesson #28 〮Apply to blues and jazz tunes
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of B, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 137-141

Chords 〮Playing Chords and Walking Bass Lines = Video Lesson #28 〮Apply to blues and jazz tunes
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Gb, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 142-148

WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones for the Key of Gb, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 142-148

WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation 〮C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales

〮Chord Tones in All Keys, All Positions

〮Review all 12 major scales daily

〮Pages: 92-148

 

All Audio Tracks and Jam CD Tracks for “The Guitar Lesson Companion” Method Book Series


Audio Tracks for The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One SECOND EDITION

All 127 Audio Tracks for the Second Edition are currently available to stream in the playlist below. If you’d like the playlist in the iReal Pro App, purchase the app then email me to send you the playlist at no additional cost.

Audio Tracks for The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two

The CD that comes with the book contains 208 mp3 tracks, but you can stream them below. If you’d like the playlist in the iReal Pro App, purchase the app then email me to send you the playlist at no additional cost.

More Free Tracks for Students:

Here’s the playlist of some standard jazz chord progressions which matches the pace and presentation of the keys and chord tones students master in, The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two. Most of the sheet music for these jazz standard chord progressions can be found in The New Real Book, Volume OneTo download this free playlist onto your device, install the iReal Pro App, then click the link below (while on your device that has the app).

“The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two” Jazz Tunes

CD Tracks for Volume One of The “Guitar Lesson Companion” FIRST EDITION

Tracks for the first edition of “The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One” are also available on YouTube


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