Acoustic Guitar Syllabus

Acoustic Guitar Syllabus

Campus: Summerhill International College and online


The acoustic guitar syllabus is designed for students who wish to study the artistry of acoustic playing.
The syllabus follows graded material from the Rockschool Acoustic, RGT Acoustic, Trinity Classical or Trinity Plectrum Guitar curriculums, depending on student preference. This gives the student the option of studying classical, traditional or contemporary styles. The syllabus material is updated every several years to stay current with new trends in music development. The material in this syllabus is designed for both solo and group playing and the student will study and learn to play solo arrangements on their instruments. Students opting for a solo curriculum will also be encouraged to work on their own arrangements and solo composition.

Syllabus Details:

Beginner Requirements

Need to complete Initial, grade one and grade two pieces

*Additional Technical Requirements*
 
Must complete all the technical, sight reading and aural requirements of the curriculum being studied
  • Primary open position chords
  • Half Barre Chords
  • One Octave Pentatonic, Major and Natural Minor Scale
  • *Aural* Must sing above scales
  • Key Analysis of Grade 2 songs
  • Basic Improvisation
 
Intermediate requirements

Need to complete Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 pieces

*Addtional Technical Requirements*
 
Must complete all the technical, sight reading and aural requirements of the curriculum being studied
  • Full barre chords : Major, Minor and 7ths etc
  • Penatonic, Blues, Major and Natural Minor Scales across guitar neck
  • *Aural* Must be able to sing above Scales
  • Key analysis of all songs must understand chord progressions
  • Know 12 bar blues in different keys
  • Chord construction of triads and 7ths
  • *Aural* Must be able to sing above chords
  • Technique training : Scale practicing techniques, Basic sequencing, Right and left hand development
  • Intermediate improvisation and solo construction one
  • Compose a or arrange a minimum of 2 songs on an intermediate level
  • Transcribe a beginner-intermediate piece
 
Advanced requirements

Need to complete Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8 pieces

*Additional Technical Requirements*
 
Must complete all the technical, sight reading and aural requirements of the curriculum being studied
  • Jazz Melodic Minor and Harmonic Minor accross guitar neck
  • All major scale modes across neck (Dorian, Mixolydian etc)
  • *Aural* Must be able to sing above scales
  • Understand difference between static and dynamic modal harmony
  • Blues modal harmony and it's influence on rock and pop, extended blues scale
  • Complete chord construction upper structure chords 11ths 13ths and tensions. 
  • *Aural* Must be able to sing above
  • Technical training : further sequencing linear, intervals, chordal and variations
  • Advanced improvisation including chord tones, solo construction 2
  • Rhythm training
  • Key analysis of all songs
  • compose or arrange a minimum of 2 advanced songs
  • Transcribe advanced piece
  • Mastered acoustic techniques : Harmonics (Slap, Natural and Harp) Alternate tunings, Body hits/Percussive playing and tapping techniques

Additional material: Percussive Acoustic Guitar Chris Woods, Acoustic Artistry Evan Hirschelman. Have access to lick by neck app for further piece selection.

Anthony Bierman

Anthony has completed a Bmus(Hons) degree at the University of Pretoria majoring in Contemporary/Jazz guitar. He has been teaching all styles of guitar (Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, RnB/Soul/Funk, Acoustic, Classical etc) full time for the past 6 years. His currently busy studying and preparing to pursue his masters degree in jazz/contemporary guitar at the University of Witwatersrand. Speciliazing in a modern elaboration of the "lap piano" guitar style developed by Jazz pioneer George Van Eps. His also privately studying classical music theory and composition through the university department working towards completing a licentiate in theory and composition through Trinity College.

Website: www.augustschoolofguitars.com
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