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Susan Palmer’s Guitar Studio Newsletter


JANUARY 2019 Newsletter

I hope you have had a relaxing and fun holiday season and you are gearing up to get more out of your guitar in 2019. I know for me, getting new guitar gear is always fun, but learning new skills feels even better.

I’ve been working through some TrueFire courses over the break, and I can’t wait to share these concepts with my intermediate/advanced students. Here’s an example from Mimi Fox’s Flying Solo, and one from Take 5 Blues Chord Melody. (For the list of TrueFire courses I recommend to students, check my article.)

JANUARY GROUP GUITAR CLASSES

I’m offering three group classes in January at my studio on Capitol Hill. Please let me know if you’d like to attend, and feel free to share this info with folks who may be interested in studying with me.

Email to learn more and sign up: LeadCatPress@gmail.com 

Pay What You Can Guitar Class: Sunday, January 13th 1:30-2:30pm
Do you want to improve your ear and begin learning how to figure out songs by ear? We’ll work on several strategies that will help you “open up your ears” and connect the music you hear in your head to your guitar. Students will work in pairs and small groups, and should have at least a year of playing experience with open and barre chords, the 6th string root major scale and minor pentatonic scale, and an understanding of the chromatic scale. Class is limited to 6 students (ages 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $20 suggested donation.

4 Week Beginning Guitar Class: 10:30am-11:30am, 4 Sundays in January 
Most people who study the guitar want to learn how to play their favorite songs, but first they need to learn the basics. I help students develop their skills quickly and effectively so that they can play a lot of songs in a short amount of time. I use a clear system and I simplify challenging concepts by breaking them down into smaller parts that are easier to understand and play. This approach helps students develop confidence in their abilities, which leads to better playing. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, textbook included.

4 Week Intermediate Guitar Class: 12:00pm-1:00pm, 4 Sundays in January
The guitar is a cool instrument because you can sound good even if you don’t know a lot about music theory or the design of the guitar. After a while, a lot of guitarists want to take their playing to the next level but they just don’t know how to do that. I use a clear system that fills in the gaps that students may have, and then I take students step-by-step through a practical course covering music theory and its application onto the guitar. This leads students to create more melodic and harmonically interesting music in a variety of styles. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students. Class is limited to 4 students (ages 16 and up) who have their own acoustic or electric guitars. $190, textbook included.

NEW BOOK & ONLINE COURSE & ACCOUNTABILITY
I hear from many guitarists outside of Seattle who use my method books and online course but are also looking for accountability. I teach some of those students via Skype/FaceTime, but I don’t have the availabilityto work with everyone. I’m developing a new program to help those students stay on track, with the aid of a lesson checklist and video assignments. I’ll keep you updated here, and you can always check my website to watch it unfold.

SHE SHREDS!
You can pick up a copy of the latest She Shreds guitar magazine at Elliot Bay Books or online to check out my latest article.

AN EASY WAY TO SUPPORT GUITAR STUDENTS
Providing accessible music education is important to me. Along with my free 5 year online guitar course, I offer at least one “Pay What You Can” guitar class each month and scholarships for private lessons when I can. One way you can support these programs is to use my amazon.com/shop/leadcatpress storefront when you make *any* amazon purchases. This allows a percentage of your *total* order to fund the accessible education programs I provide to guitar students.

 

Rock 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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