Electric Guitar Syllabus

Electric Guitar Syllabus

Campus: Summerhill International College and ONLINE


The electric guitar syllabus is designed for the student to become well acquainted with the full spectrum and dimension of the electric guitar.

The syllabus follows Rockschool, Trinity Rock and Pop or Trinity Plectrum curriculums, based on student preference. This also opens the option for students to do exams if they so wish. The material is updated every several years and keeps up to date with new music developments in order to stay current. The material in the Rockschool and Trinity Rock and Pop syllabus is accompanied with backtracks which simulate bands for the student to jam with. Students following this syllabus will run through techniques and material designed for the electric guitar specifically for a band scenario. The Trinity Plectrum syllabus gives the students the alternative curriculum option to learn to play solo pieces on electric guitar.
 
The material runs through a variety of styles of contemporary music from roots to current era (Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Soul, Funk, R 'n B etc) and is well designed for the modern musician. The levels stem from being able to play along with your favorite pop or rock band, up to the advanced levels of virtuoso guitar playing of the likes of Steve Vai, Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix. Students will also be encouraged to write their own songs in a style that they are interested in.
 
This syllabus is also designed for bass students.

Syllabus Details:

 
Beginner Requirements

Need to complete Debut grade, grade one, grade two and grade three pieces

*Additional Technical Requirements*
  • Must complete all the technical, aural and sight reading 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 Graded Material
 
Intermediate requirements

Need to complete Grade 4 and Grade 5 pieces

*Addtional Technical Requirements*
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  • Must complete all the technical, aural and sight reading 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 minimum of 2 songs on  an intermediate level
  • Transcribe a beginner to intermediate piece
 

Additional Material for students who wish to focus on styles - Hal Leonard Stylistic books: Blues, R 'n B, Country, Rock Etc. Troy Stetina Metal Volumes and Troy Stetina Speed Mechanics

Advanced requirements

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

*Additional Technical Requirements*
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  • Must complete all the technical, aural and sight reading requirements of the curriculum being studied
Jazz Melodic Minor and Harmonic Minor Scale Across 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 a minimum of 2 advanced songs
  • Transcribe advanced piece
  • Mastered Electric Techniques : Whammy Bar Dives, Harmonics : (Pinch, harp and natural), Tapping (For Rockschool and Trinity Rock and Pop Students)
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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