“I’ve participated in many online learning programs, but so far, your format is the best I’ve ever seen. I am so pleased I happened upon your courses.”—Gina M.
“I’ve practiced more in two weeks than I have in months! Really enjoying how it’s going.”—Donna O.
“I have to say that making everything available online is a great convenience for me. Being able to stop and return to a more challenging exercise or a newer phrase is great for learning. I also really appreciate your availability to answer questions offline. This is a great course, and I feel as though I’m improving daily because of it.”—Joe C.
The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive 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.
Classes meet every Tuesday from June 22 to July 20 (with the week of July 7 off due to Matt’s tour schedule) at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from June 26 to July 24 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.
WEEK 1 (June 22)
The Circle of Fifths
Major Scales in All Keys
Major Scale and Pattern in Thirds I
Major Arpeggio Exercise I
Major Arpeggio Exercise II
Sally Gooden as Improv Landscape
WEEK 2 (June 29)
Mixolydian Scales in All Keys
Mixolydian Scale Exercise I
Major Scales in Thirds II
Dominant 7 Arpeggio Exercise I
Dominant 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd
Alabama Jubilee as Improv Landscape
WEEK 3 (July 13)
Dorian Scales in All Keys
Dorian Scale Pattern I
Minor 7 Arpeggio Exercise I
Using Alternate Chord Tones
So What as Improv Landscape
WEEK 4 (July 20)
Dorian, Mixolydian and Major Scales in a Chord Progression
ii-V-I Arpeggio Exercises
Some More Scale Patterns
Chord Tones as Target Notes in ii-V-Is
Sweet Sue as Improv Landscape
The course fee is $125.