“I have done some online courses, some one-on-one instruction and some camps. The course I just finished with you has been the most useful by a pretty large margin. Thanks for both the thought and effort that went into the design and material preparation and for the personal presence you bring to it.”—Steve F.
“This is the best learning format ever and I like your approach very much.”—Marty C.
The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course is intended to give students a more solid understanding of the fretboard while getting ideas of the “tools” used in soloing and improvisation. Each week, students will be given a handful of exercises using various types of scales and arpeggios in various keys, along with a tune from either the bluegrass or swing/jazz repertoire as a vehicle for using ideas from that week’s exercises in creating solos. The goal is to help students gain a better understanding of how music works, and to get ideas to help them advance more quickly and have more fun playing with others. The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.
The course is a continuation of the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive I course, which concludes in July, but students are not required to have taken the first course in order to enroll in (and benefit from) the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course.
Classes meet every Tuesday from September 11 to October 2 at 8 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from September 14 to October 5 at 11 am eastern time. Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but will be able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website in the event they cannot attend live.
Here is the curriculum:
WEEK 1 (September 10)
Major Scales in Seven Positions
Major Scale Patterns in 3rds
Major 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd, 5th and 7th
Major Arpeggio Exercise I
Down Yonder as Improv Landscape
WEEK 2 (September 17)
Natural Minor (Aeolian) Scales in All Keys
Aeolian Scale Pattern I
Diminished Scales and Arpeggios as Substitutions
Minor 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd, 5th and 7th
Minor Swing as Improv Landscape
WEEK 3 (September 24)
Mixolydian Scales in Various Positions on the Neck
Mixolydian Scale Pattern I
Dominant 7 Arpeggios in Various Positions
Dominant 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd, 5th and 7th
Diminshed 7 Arpeggios
Alabama Jubilee as Improv Landscape
WEEK 4 (October 1)
Harmonic Minor Scales in All Keys
Harmonic Minor Scale Pattern I
Finding Chord Tones in Minor Tunes
Augmented Chords as V Chords
Dark Eyes as Improv Landscape
The course fee is $125.