- Welcome to Advanced Fingerboard Theory!
- Learn to read Standard Notation on The Guitar! It's not that hard...and it is fun and relaxing (for me anyhow)
- We used this packet to get started. Check out this link for a similar approach using fancy online interactive tools.
- check out www.musictheory.net for some handy guides on general music notation principles.
- Finish up our discussion of music notation with special emphasis on he joys of deciphering rhythmic notations.
- Using excerpts from the famous drum method, "Modern Reading Text in 4/4" by Louis Bellson (sounds exciting doesn't it? It is!) practice first clapping the rhythms and then strumming the rhythms with your guitar with a metronome.
- Introduction to the wild and woolly world of the diatonic modes.
- Explanation of the Diatonic Modes using two approaches. Relative and Parallel.
- Assigned the first scale practice sheet (pattern 1 or "E") for the caged system from this packet.
- Practice the modes and your sight reading at the same time by reading fiddle tunes. My favorite book for this purpose is "The Fiddler's Fakebook". Here is a sample.
- Introduction to "tetrachords", namely 7th chords and 6th chords. Here is a little handout of some useful shapes. Here's another.
- Looked at some songs that use tetrachords: "Autumn Leaves" "You've Got A Friend" "Girl From Ipanema"
- Handed out the second scale packet (pattern 2 or "C") from the caged system (see above).
- See week 5 - continuation of those topics.