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Guitar teachers Shane Lamb and Sam Farkas are professional guitarists and bring years of musical experience to their students’ guitar lessons. This knowledge is shared help students learn the guitar skills they need to reach their own goals.
AREAS OF STUDY
Topics of instruction include:
- Electric and Acoustic Guitar for all ages & levels of experience
- Preparation for recitals, contests, or music school auditions
- Rock/Blues/Country Guitar Styles
- Advanced Lead and Rhythm Guitar
- The CAGED Guitar System
- Nashville Style Guitar
- Bass, Mandolin and Ukelele
- Songwriting and composition: lyric, melodic, harmonic, form & structure
- Picking techniques
- Chords, strum patterns and Rhythm Guitar
- Scales and Improvisation
- Sight reading and notation
- Ear Training
- Music Theory
- Nashville Number System/Lead Sheets
- Slide Guitar
- Open Tunings/Alternate tunings
- Classical Guitar
- Songs and Repertoire Development
- Recording, demo recording, arranging, performance techniques and preparation and coaching.
Jazz Guitar (beginner and intermediate)
Jazz music is both highly enjoyable and often challenging. Having a solid understanding of the basics is the first step for any aspiring jazz guitarist. Topics covered include:
- Jazz harmony – understand chords that contain extensions and alterations
- Chord voicings – chord spellings that are unique to the guitar and allow you to play complex chords through an accessible fingering
- Scales, modes, and arpeggios – these are the foundations of playing melodies and improvising solos
- Common jazz chord progressions – learn some of the common chord progressions that can be found frequently in jazz music
- Chord-melody arrangements – playing the chords of a song and the melody of the song simultaneously
- Walking basslines – create rhythm and motion in the lower register of your guitar
- Improvisations – developing motifs, “singing” your solo, and transcribing the solos of jazz greats
A common approach in country, blues, and folk music, fingerstyle guitar playing is all about representing the bass, harmony, and melody simultaneously with one instrument. Basic fingerstyle playing is a great way to break away from strumming the same old chords and achieve a more musical and interesting sound. Topics covered include:
- Alternating bass – “bouncing” the thumb between notes
- Travis Picking – a common style often credited to Merle Travis
- Finger independence – breaking out of a repetitious finger pattern
- Alternate tunings – achieve different sounds and textures through common alternate guitar tunings (DADGAD, open tunings, etc.)
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