Course Details for Week Two - Intermediate to Advanced


MONDAY (Day 1)
Session I: 10 am 11 am
  • Discussion of Scales and their Application
  • Seeing scales as organic entities
  • The benefits of studying smaller units
Break: 11 am - 11.30 am

Session II: 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
  • Discussion and applications of above topics.
Lunch: 12.30 pm -1.30 pm

Session III: 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
  • There is so much to learn!
  • It's all so confusing!
  • I get mixed signals!
  • Where do I start?
  • Clearing the way
  • Organizing what is important into building blocks that are foundations for future learning
Break: 2.45 pm -3.15 pm

Session IV: 3.15 pm - 5.00 pm
  • Practical applications of day one sessions using Steve Swallows 'Ladies in Mercedes' as a model
TUESDAY (Day 2) Times as day one

Session I: Modes within Melodic minor scale and Modes within Harmonic minor scale

Session II: Further exploration of harmonic and melodic minor
  • Introduction of Harmonic Maj scale and it's uses Using Ambleside Days by John Taylor
  • What's that scale called?
  • Reach for the name. Call it what it is, not what it came from
Session III: Pentatonics in Each mode
  • Why use Pentatonics of melodic and harmonic minor?
  • Explore these pentatonics on a static chord vamp- Maiden Voyage
  • Explore these pentatonics on traditional and contemporary standard tunes
Session IV: Open discussion of today's topics using Stella by starlight as a model for improvisation

WEDNESDAY (Day 3) Times as day 1

Session I: Chords
  • Comping with Partial voicings
  • Slash chords
  • Altering Triads
  • The power of Triadic voice leading
  • Quartal harmony
Session II: Continuation of session I

Session III: Applying Day 3 concepts to Giant steps

Session IV: Giant steps discussion, comping and improvisational approaches

THURSDAY (Day 4) times as day 1

Session I: Harmony and composing
  • Instant composition; ideas and concepts
  • Re-harmonization - chord Substitution; when to use it
  • Tritone substitution - using partial chords as tritone substitutes
Session II: Continuation of session one

Session III: Saying a lot with a little
  • Chord progressions that change by only one or 2 notes per chord
  • Diminished chord usage - substitution - diminished as a composing tool
Session IV: Discussion and application of today's topics using Kenny wheelers Foxy trot as a model

FRIDAY (Day 5) Times as day 1

Session I: Rhythmic and time awareness
  • Metronome discussion
  • Playing with odd rhythmic units
  • Staying relaxed under pressure
Session II: Continuation of session I

Session III: A general technique discussion

Session IV: Final open discussion.
  • Individual topics to be discussed
  • Ironing out specific problems.
  • Discussion of the week's material
  • Conclusion
We are here to provide for you a learning experience of the highest quality and a key word in our presentation is "flexibility". Although the start times should be adhered to, all others are changeable at the tutor's discretion.

Evening "jam" sessions are encouraged and we will be bringing in a bass player and drummer to Las Nuevas on two evenings for student/teacher live sessions.

Tunes for Study
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Giant Steps
  • Foxy Trot (Kenny Wheeler)
  • Ladies in Mercedes (Steve Swallow)
  • Ambleside Days (John Taylor)
  • Maiden voyage
  • Solar
We will be providing all course material and selective equipment as follows:
  • Guitar amplification
  • Guitar stands (if preferred)
  • Note paper, pencils, pens
What You Will Need to Bring With You
  • Your guitar (no surprises there!)
  • Guitar lead
  • Electronic guitar tuner
  • A metronome (Seiko SQ 70 is a course recommendation)
  • String sets and singles
  • Plectra (if used)
We encourage you to bring your own portable recording equipment, but no video recording during tuition periods please!