Free Guitar Lessons and 4 Year Weekly Lesson Guide

unnamed-4In the 15+ years I have been a guitar teacher (including the past 10 years at Seattle University) I have created and organized lessons and lesson plans based on fundamental music concepts for hundreds of students. But not everyone can afford (or has time for) private lessons, so I’ve shared 150+ free guitar lessons along with a 4 year weekly lesson guide with you here. You will need to buy the method books so you can do the actual work, but I don’t think you’ll find a better value. Just look at this page. 🙂 You’ll see the work of a dedicated, organized, and passionate teacher who has a proven track record and who wants to help you.

Here’s my personal reason for doing all this: Right now, it’s almost impossible for young musicians to be accepted into college music programs unless they have had years of private music lessons, which costs thousands of dollars. That means that the only students who can study music in college are the ones who could afford music lessons in high school. I don’t like that, and I don’t think anyone does.

In 2010, I completed the Faculty Fellows Program and I introduced Academic Service Learning into my Seattle University courses to bring attention to this issue and to begin to address it. Now, I’m offering my lessons and structure here, which is a big deal. I hope it shows my commitment to young musicians and it leads me to a path where I can do more to address this issue. If you dig it and you want to help, please share the link. Thank you.


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Below you’ll see the main objectives for the 4 year course (followed by the weekly syllabus) I use in my private studio as well as for my college guitar courses at Seattle University. First year guitar students use The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One. Second through fourth year guitar students use The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two. Obviously, since this is a general syllabus, I adjust assignments for each student. Need more guidance? Sign up for a lesson in Seattle or via webcam.

 

YEAR ONE GUITAR LESSON OBJECTIVES:

First Quarter:

  • Reading Concepts, Pages 9-35 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One: Notes on the 1st String, Whole, Half, Dotted Half and Quarter Notes, Rests, ¾ Time, Notes on the 2nd String, Combination Studies, Notes on the 3rd String, Beamed Eighth Notes, Single Eighth Notes, Combination Studies
  • Chord/Scale Concepts, Pages 97-120 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One: Memorize Em, A7, E7, D7, D, A, G, E, Am, C, Dm, G7, F, C7, B7 and perform the Chord Changing Exercises, Blues in “A”, Tablature, Blues Shuffle, Blues Solo with Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern, Major Scale Pattern, Chord Jams and Solos, Using Minor Pentatonic and Major Scale Patterns to Solo Over Chord Progressions

Second Quarter:

  • Reading Concepts, Pages 36-57 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One: Notes on the 4th String, Ties, Sharps and Flats, Ties, Dotted quarter notes, Notes on the 5th String, Eighth Note Rests, Combination Studies
  • Chord/Scale Concepts, Pages 121-127 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One: Chromatic Scale Theory, “E” String Root Power Chords, “A” String Root Power Chords, Combination Jam Studies, “E” String Root Barre Chords, “A” String Root Barre Chords, Combination Jam Studies, “E” Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns, “C” Major Scale Patterns

Third Quarter:

  • Reading Concepts, Pages 58-67 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One: Notes on the 6th String, Eighth Note Triplets, Combination Studies
  • Chord/Scale Concepts, Pages 128-149 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One: Dominant 7th Chord Shapes, Blues Scale Pattern, Major 7th and Minor 7th Chord Shapes, Major 2-5-1 Chord Progressions, Major Scale Construction, Diminished and Minor 7 b5 Chord Shapes,  Chord Construction, Dominant 7 b9 and Dominant 9 chord shapes, Minor 2-5-1 chord progressions, The CAGED System for Chords, “D” String Root Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th chord shapes, “G” String Root Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th Chord Shapes, “B” String Root (“C” Shape) Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th Chord Shapes

 

YEAR TWO GUITAR LESSON OBJECTIVES:

First Quarter:

  • Music Theory Concepts, Pages 6-41 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: The Chromatic Scale, Major Scale Construction, Circle of Fourths, Circle of Fifths, Triads, Inversions, Seventh Chords, Extended and Altered Chords, Intervals, Ascending Melodic Interval Worksheets, Triad Worksheets, Harmonizing the Major Scales, Chord Progressions, The Blues
  • 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 and G; using chord tones
  • Chord Concepts, Page 150 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Major Triads on the D, G, and B Strings

Second Quarter:

  • Music Theory Concepts, Pages 42-43 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: The Natural Minor Scale and Harmonizing the Natural Minor Scale
  • 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, Ab; using chord tones
  • Chord Concepts, Page 150 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Minor Triads on the D, G, and B Strings
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Tune Up, Satin Doll, St. Thomas, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Autumn Leaves, Little Sunflower, Bernie’s Tune, Someday My Prince Will Come, All of Me, Like Someone in Love, Blue Daniel, If I Were A Bell, Here’s That Rainy Day, Long Ago and Far Away, Dig

Third Quarter:

  • Music Theory Concepts, Pages 44-56 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Modes of the Major Scale
  • Improvisation Concepts, Pages 107-126 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Improvising over the 2-5-1 chord progressions in the keys of E, Db, B, Gb; using chord tones
  • Chord Concepts, Pages 151-154 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Big Band and Swing Voicings, Altered Chords, Altered Chord Resolution
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Desafinado, My Romance, Beautiful Love, Darn That Dream, Anthropology, Oleo, Sandu, Waltz for Debby, Line for Lyons, Well You Needn’t, All the Things You Are, But Beautiful, Dindi, Four, In Walked Bud, West Coast Blues, There Will Never Be Another You

 

YEAR THREE GUITAR LESSON OBJECTIVES:

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, D, Eb in the Next Position; C Major and F Major in All 5 Places
  • Chord Concepts, Page 150 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Major Triads in All Inversions, All Keys, All String Sets
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Student Choice

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 A, Ab, E, Db, B, Gb in the Next Position; Bb Major and G Major in all 5 Places
  • Chord Concepts, Page 150 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Minor Triads in All Inversions, All Keys, All String Sets
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Student Choice

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 D, Eb, A, Ab, E, Db, B, Gb in all 5 Places
  • Chord Concepts, Page 155 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Chord Shapes for Walking Bass Line Comping
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Student Choice

 

YEAR FOUR GUITAR LESSON OBJECTIVES:

First Quarter:

  • Music Theory Concepts, Pages 57-69 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: The Melodic Minor Scale and its Modes
  • Improvisation Concepts in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Improvising over the minor 2-5-1 chord progressions in the keys of: C, F, D, E, G, and A
  • Chord Concepts, Page 156-158 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Seventh Chord Inversions
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Student Choice

Second Quarter:

  • Music Theory Concepts, Pages 83-90 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: The Diminished Scale, The Dominant Diminished Scale, The Whole Tone Scale, Application of Scales and Theory (Tritone Substitution and Soloing Options over the V7 alt. Chord)
  • Improvisation Concepts: Improvising over the minor 2-5-1 chord progressions in the keys of: B, Eb, Bb, Ab, Db, Gb
  • Chord Concepts, Page 156-158 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Seventh Chord Inversions
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Student Choice

Third Quarter:

  • Music Theory Concepts, Pages 70-82 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: The Harmonic Minor Scale and its Modes
  • Improvisation Concepts: Dominant 7 Soloing Options (Altered, Whole Tone, and Diminished Scales)
  • Chord Concepts, Page 150, 159 in The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two: Augmented and Diminished Triads in All Keys and String Sets, Quartal Harmony
  • Jazz Standards in The New Real Book: Student Choice

QUICK LINKS TO MAIN LESSON TOPICS: Technique StudiesStandard Music NotationChords, Scales, and TheoryCollege Music TheoryChord Tone SoloingAdvanced Chord StudiesSpecial Topic LessonsJam Tracks in All KeysMetronome and Drum Tracks


FOUR YEAR WEEKLY GUITAR LESSON GUIDE:

Year One, First Quarter

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 and 4-3-2-1 Exercise
  • Practice exercise 2-5 times each day
Reading
  • Notes on the 1st String
  • Whole, Half, Dotted Half, Quarter Notes
  • Pages: 9-15
Chords & Scales
  • Em, A7, E7, D7 Chord Shapes
  • Chord Changing Exercises

 

  • Pages 97-98
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • Notes on the 2nd String
  • Rests
  • 3/4 Time
  • Note Combination Study
  • Pages: 16-23
Chords & Scales
  • Blues in A
  • Page 99
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 24-25
Chords & Scales
  • Tablature
  • Blues Shuffle Rif
  • Soloing with the Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Pages: 100-101
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 and 4-3-2-1 Exercises with Eighth Notes
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Notes on the 3rd String
  • Beamed Eighth Notes
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 26-28, 30, 32, 33, 34
Chords & Scales
  • D, A, G, E Chord Shape
  • Chord Changing Exercise
  • Chord Jams and Strum Patterns
  • The Moveable Major Scale Pattern
  • Pages: 102-107
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Chords & Scales
  • Am, C, Dm, G7 Chord Shapes
  • Chord Changing Exercises
  • Chord Jams with Strum Patterns
  • Soloing
  • Pages 108-114 (Skip exercises 646, 647, 657, 658, 661, and 662 for now)
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 Shift Exercise
 
  • Practice Exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Single Eighth Notes
  • Pages: 26, 29, 31
Chords & Scales
  • No new concepts
 
  • Same as last week
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • Combination Studies
  • Page: 35
Chords & Scales
  • F, C7, B7
  • Chord Changing Exercises
  • Chord Jams (Skip exercises 671 and 672 for now)
  • Soloing
  • Open Chords Grouped by Key
  • Pages: 115-120
WEEK 8 REVIEW    
WEEK 9 REVIEW    

Year One, Second Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 Chromatic Exercise up Single Strings
 
  • Practice Exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Notes on the 4th String
  • Ties
  • Sharps and Flats
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 36-38, 40, 42, 43, 46-47
Chords & Scales
  • No new concepts

 

  • Review Pages: 97-120
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • More Tie
  • Dotted Quarter Notes
  • Pages: 36, 39, 41
Chords & Scales
  • All 5 Patterns of the Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Soloing Over Chord Progressions in the Key of E minor (use the jam track)
  • Pages: 129-130
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • Hammer On and Pull Off (Slurring) Exercises
 
  • Practice Exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 44-45
Chords & Scales
  • Chromatic Scale Theor
  • Memorizing the Notes on the low “E” Strin
  • “E” String Root Power Chords
  • Pages: 121-122
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Chords & Scales
  • “A” String Root Power Chords
  • Combination Jam Studies
  • Linking the Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns Together
  • Pages: 121-124 and 129-130
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-4 Stretch Exercise
 
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Notes on the 5th String
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 48, 49, 52, 54, 55
Chords & Scales
  • The C Major Scale in 5 Patterns
  • Pages 131-132
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • Eighth Note Rests
  • Pages: 48, 50, 51, 53
Chords & Scales
  • Linking the C Major Scale Patterns Together (use the jam track)
  • Pages 131-132
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • Barre Chord Exercise
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 56-57
Chords & Scales
  • “E” String Root Barre Chords (Major and Minor)
  • Page 125
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Reading
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Same as last week
Chords & Scales
  • “A” String Root Barre Chords (Major and Minor)
  • Combination Jams
  • Pages: 125-127
WEEK 9 REVIEW    

Year One, Third Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-4 Shift Exercise
 
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Notes on the 6th Strin
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 58, 59, 62, 64, 65
Chords & Scales
  • Dominant 7 Chord Shapes
  • Blues Scale Pattern
  • Page: 128
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • Eighth Note Triplets
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Eighth Note Triplets
  • Pages: 58, 60, 61, 63
Chords & Scales
  • Major ii-7, V7, IM7 Chord Progressions
  • Pages: 133, 134, 144, 146
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • Sixteenth Notes
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Combination Studies
  • Pages: 66-67
Chords & Scales
  • Major Scale Construction
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings
  • Pages 68-70
  • Memorize note names in C, up neck
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • Switching between eighth notes and eighth note triplets
  • Major scale shift up the neck
  • Metronome on beats 2 and 4
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Reading in C, G, and F in Open Position and the Next Position
 
  • Pages: 71, 78, 85, 86, 87
Chords & Scales
  • Diminished and Minor 7b5 Chord Shapes
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings: F and G
  • Chord Construction
  • Page 135
  • Pages: 138-140
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 Criss Cross up the Neck with Metronome on beats 2 and 4
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Reading in D and Bb in Open Position and the Next Position
 
  • Pages: 72, 79, 88, 91
Chords & Scales
  • Dominant 7 b9 and Dominant 9 Chord Shapes
  • Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings: D and Bb
  • Pages: 136-137
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 4-3-2-1 Criss Cross up the Neck with Metronome on beats 2 and 4
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Reading in A and Eb in Open Position and the Next Position
 
  • Pages: 73, 80, 89, 92
Chords & Scales
  • The CAGED System for Chords
  • “D” String Root Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7 Chord Shapes
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings: A and Eb
  • Pages: 141-142, 147-148
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 Criss Cross Chords up the Neck
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Reading in E and Ab in Open Position and the Next Position
 
  • Pages: 74, 81, 90, 93
Chords & Scales
  • The CAGED System for Chords
  • “G” String Root Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7 Chord Shapes
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings: E and Ab
  • Pages: 141-142, 145, 148
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • 1-2-3-4 Lockdown
  • Practice exercises 1-3 times each day
Reading
  • Reading in B, Db, and C# in Open Position and the Next Position
 
  • Pages: 75, 82, 77, 96, 94
Chords & Scales
  • The CAGED System for Chords
  • “B” String Root Major 7, Minor 7, Dominant 7 Chord Shapes
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings: B and Db
  • Pages: 141-142, 143, 148
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Technique
  • No New Concepts
 
  • Review previous exercises
Reading
  • Reading in Gb and F# in Open Position and the Next Position
 
  • Pages: 76, 83, 85
Chords & Scales
  • Playing Chord Progressions in all 12 Keys in 5 Positions
  • Using the CAGED System to Build Chords from their Formulas
  • Note Names on Single Strings, then Combined Strings: Gb
  • Pages: 141-152

Year Two, First Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 6-12
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, and G Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 13-15
  • Extra Pages: 30-36
Chords
  • Page: 150 D, G, B String Set Major Triads
  • Apply to major chord chord progressions, example: G C D C
Improvisation
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in C, F, Bb, and G, while saying the note names aloud
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 16-19
Chords
  • Embellishments for Major Triads on the D, G, B String Set
  • Page: 150 add embellishments to major triads on the D, G, B string set
  • Apply to major chord chord progressions, example: G C D C
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of C Major, First Position
  • Pages: 91, 92, 94
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Page: 20〮Extra Pages: 21-29
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of F Major, First Position
  • Pages: 95, 97, 98
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 37-41
Chords
  • Major Triads: D, G, B String Set
  • Page: 150 D, G, B string set major triads, Play each triad in 12 Key
  • Apply to major chord chord progressions, example: G C D C
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of Bb Major, First Position
  • Pages: 99, 101, 102
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Major Triads: D, G, B String Set
  • Page: 150 D, G, B string set major triads, Play all triads in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of G Major, First Position
  • Pages: 103, 105, 106
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Major Triads: D, G, B String Set
  • Apply to major chord tunes
Jazz Tune
  • Take the “A” Train
WEEK 9 REVIEW  

Year Two, Second Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 42-43
Improvisation
  • D, Eb, A, and Ab Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Page: 150 D, G, B String Set Minor Triad
  • Apply to Minor Chord Chord Progressions, Example: Am Dm Em
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of D Major, First Position
  • Pages: 107, 109-111
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Embellishments for Minor Triads on the D, G, B String Set
  • Page: 150 add embellishments to minor triads on the D, G, B string set
  • Apply to minor chord chord progressions, Example: Am Dm Em
Jazz Tunes
  • Tune Up〮Satin Doll
  • St. Thomas
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of Eb Major, First Position
  • Pages: 112, 114-118
Jazz Tunes
  • Melody, Chords, Chord Tone Solo
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Little Sunflower
  • Bernie’s Tune
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Minor Triads: D, G, B String Set
  • Page: 150 D, G, B String Set Minor Triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys
  • Apply to tunes
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, G, D, and Eb Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of A Major, First Position
  • Pages: 117, 119-121
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Minor Triads: D, G, B String Set
  • Page: 150 D, G, B String Set Minor Triads, Play all triads in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck
Jazz Tunes
  • Melody, Chords, Chord Tone Solo
  • All of Me
  • Like Someone in Love
  • Blue Daniel
  • If I Were A Bell
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Major and Minor Triads: D, G, B String Set
  • Apply to tunes with major and minor chords, Example: Am F Dm G
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of Ab Major, First Position
  • Pages: 122, 124-126
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, G, D, Eb, A, and Ab Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
Jazz Tunes
  • Melody, Chords, Chord Tone Solo
  • Here’s That Rainy Day
  • Long Ago and Far Away
  • Dig

Year Two, Third Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 44-56
Improvisation
  • E, Db, B, Gb Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of E Major, First Position
  • Pages: 127, 129-131
Chords
  • Page 151
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords  
Jazz Tunes
  • Desafinado
  • My Romance
  • Beautiful Love
  • Darn That Dream
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of Db Major, First Position
  • Pages: 132, 134-136
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, G, D, Eb, A, Ab, E, and Db Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
Jazz Tunes
  • Melody, Chords, Chord Tone Solo
  • Anthropology
  • Oleo
  • Sandu
  • Waltz for Debby
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of B Major, First Position
  • Pages: 137, 139-141
Chords
  • Page: 152
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Chords
  • Page: 153
Jazz Tunes
  • Melody, Chords, Chord Tone Solo
  • Line for Lyons
  • Well You Needn’t
  • All the Things You Are
  • But Beautiful
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for the Key of Gb Major, First Position
  • Pages: 142, 144-148
Chords
  • Page: 154
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, G, D, Eb, A, Ab, E, Db, B, and Gb Major Scales
  • Play each scale from root to root in open position (say notes aloud)
  • Improvise in each key, saying the note names aloud
Jazz Tunes
  • Melody, Chords, Chord Tone Solo
  • Dindi
  • Four
  • In Walked Bud
  • West Coast Blues
  • There Will Never Be Another You

Year Three, First Quarter:

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 daily〮Pages: 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 F, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily〮 Pages: 95-98
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 Bb, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily〮Pages 99-102
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 G, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily〮Pages 103-106
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 D, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily〮Pages:107-111
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 F, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily〮Pages: 95-98
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 Eb, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 112-116
Chords
  • Major Triads on E, A, D String Set
  • Page: 150 E, A, D string set major triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys and in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
Chords
  • Major Triads on A, D, G String Set
  • Page: 150 A, D, G string set major triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys and in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
Chords
  • Major Triads on G, B, E String Set
  • Page: 150 G, B, E string set major triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys and in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck

Year Three, Second Quarter:

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 Bb, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 99-102
Chords
  • All Minor Triads in Root Position
  • Page: 150, Play all minor 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 A, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 117-121
Chords
  • All Minor Triads in Root Position
  • Page: 150, Play all minor 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 Ab, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages 122-126
Chords
  • All Minor Triads in First Inversion
  • Page: 150, Play all minor 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 E, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages 127-131
Chords
  • All Minor Triads in First Inversion
  • Page: 150, Play all minor 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 Db, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 132-136
Chords
  • All Minor Triads in Second Inversion
  • Page: 150, Play all minor 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 G, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 103-106
Chords
  • All Minor Triads in Second Inversion
  • Page: 150, Play all minor 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 B, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 137-141
Chords
  • Minor Triads on E, A, D String Set
  • Page: 150 E, A, D string set minor triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys and in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck
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, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • Review all 12 major scales daily〮Pages 142-148
Chords
  • Minor Triads on A, D, G String Set
  • Page: 150 A, D, G string set minor triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys and in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G Major Scales
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
Chords
  • Minor Triads on G, B, E String Set
  • Page: 150 G, B, E string set minor triads, Play each triad in 12 Keys and in 12 Keys in 4 different places on the neck

Year Three, Third Quarter:

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: 107-111
Chords
  • 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 Eb, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 112-116
Chords
  • 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 A, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages 117-121
Chords
  • 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 Ab, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 122-126
Chords
  • 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 E, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 127-131
Chords
  • 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 Db, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 132-136
Chords
  • 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 B, All Positions
  • Review all 12 major scales daily
  • Pages: 137-141
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, in the Next Position Up the Neck
  • 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
  • Review all 12 major scales daily

Year Four, First Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 57-60
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of C minor
Chords
  • Pages: 156-157, notate only
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 61-63
Chords
  • Page: 158, notate only
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 64-66
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of F minor
Chords
  • Page: 157, string set: 4, 3, 2, 1 with a C root
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 67-70
Chords
  • Page: 157, string set: 4, 3, 2, 1 through the root cycles
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of D minor
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of E minor
Chords
  • Page: 157, string set: 5, 4, 3, 2 with a C root
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of G minor
Chords
  • Page: 157, string set: 5, 4, 3, 2 through the root cycles
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of A minor
WEEK 9 REVIEW  

Year Four, Second Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 83-84
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of B minor
Chords
  • Page: 156, string set: 6, 4, 3, 2 with a C root
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 85-86
Chords
  • Page: 156, string set: 6, 4, 3, 2 through the root cycles
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 87-88
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of Eb minor
Chords
  • Page: 158, string set: 5, 3, 2, 1 with a C root
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 89-90
Chords
  • Page: 158, string set: 5, 3, 2, 1 through the root cycles
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of Bb minor
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of Ab minor
Chords
  • Page: 158, string set: 6, 5, 4, 3 with a C root
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of Db minor
Chords
  • Page: 158, string set: 6, 5, 4, 3 through the root cycles
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Chord Tones for Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progressions
  • Key of Gb minor
WEEK 9 REVIEW  

Year Four, Third Quarter:

WEEK 1 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 70-73
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the C7 chord
Chords
  • Page: 150, play all root position augmented chords in all keys
WEEK 2 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 74-76
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the G7 chord
Chords
  • Page: 150, play all first inversion augmented chords in all keys
WEEK 3 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 77-79
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the D7 chord
Chords
  • Page: 150, play all second inversion augmented chords in all keys
WEEK 4 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Music Theory
  • Pages: 80-82
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the A7 chord
Chords
  • Page: 150, play all root position diminished chords in all keys
WEEK 5 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the E7 chord
Chords
  • Page: 150, play all first inversion diminished chords in all keys
WEEK 6 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the B7 chord
Chords
  • Page: 150, play all second inversion diminished chords in all keys
WEEK 7 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the F7 and Bb7 chords
Chords
  • Page: 159, 6-5-4-3-2-1, 5-4-3-2-1, and 4-3-2-1 string sets
WEEK 8 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the Eb7 and Ab7 chords
Chords
  • Page: 159, project #1
WEEK 9 CONCEPTS & VIDEOS ASSIGNMENTS
Improvisation
  • Soloing over the Db7 and Gb7 chords
Chords
  • Page: 159, project #2