Fretboard Powerup (Workshop) $149 - 8 Week Class


Fretboard Powerup (Workshop) $149 - 8 Week Class


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About the Fretboard Power-Up Workshop

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    Intermediate, Advanced

Welcome to Fretboard Power-Up! This Workshop was designed for students who want to improve their fretboard knowledge of the guitar by using creative practice methods.

Understanding the fretboard and knowing where you are on the fretboard (at all times) is critical to becoming a better musician and improviser. It's not an easy task to tackle, and can be labor intensive at the beginning, but once you have the foundation to build upon, you will see things differently on the fretboard (and it will all be worth it). This 8 week workshop will get you there quickly!

You will learn how to use octaves to visualize the fretboard, and also help you recognize scale shapes all over the neck. Our triad study will prepare you for more advanced harmony work and will help you see shapes and develop various ways of practicing scales and arpeggios to boost your fretboard knowledge immediately.

The Cycle of 4ths is a concept that many players have heard about, but are not familiar with it or using it effectively. In this curriculum, we will look at how to use this musical tool for maximum benefit. Intervals, modal techniques and even arpeggios can also be used to help you gain complete control over the fretboard. We'll look at them all!

While the concepts in this material can be used by any student at any level, this Workshop will be most helpful for students who have some playing experience and already have a grasp of basic playing skills such as scale shapes, arpeggios and some patterns.

This Workshop will save you hours of frustration in learning how to navigate the fretboard. There are also several bonus lesson for each week as well to keep you inspired.

  Workshop Outline

Week 1:  Octaves and Visualization 
Let's get our minds in the right place by talking about some ways to visualize the fretboard • Fretboard Visualization • Octaves Review • C Major Modes • Pentatonic Scale • Octave Pentatonics • Octave Workout 1

Week 2: Understanding Octaves and expanding the fretboard
Octaves as our spring board Octaves show you how notes repeat through the fretboard Octave workout 2 • Octave workout 3 

Week 3: Building the Octave Concept with Pentatonics
Applying the Octave Concepts to the Pentatonics and Scales, which will help you see again notes repeating and gaining more real estatePentatonic Octave Ideas • Major Scale Octave Patterns

Week 4: Cycle of 4th and 5ths
The Cycle of 4ths  • Let's look at Triads • Triads are the basis for harmony - we will learn their shapes and how to locate them via Octaves and within the Major Scale • Triad Shapes • Three String Triads 

Week 5: Introduction to Intervals
More ways of learning the fretboard and making sure that we are not just playing everything diatonically • Introduction to IntervalsF Major Interval Study Intervals • Practicing Triads.

Week 6: Scale Practicing Techniques
Using the Cycle to play scales in by going up an interval of a 4th or 5th again making the mundane a challenge • Scale Practice • Shred This 3 BT - a good way to start improvising through chord changes • Bonus Lesson is on Scale Fragments. 

Week 7: Modal Techniques for Fretboard Building
Playing Modes in the same position so that you have to look at how the fretboard changes • The discipline of practicing over two unrelated chords like C Min7 and G Major 7  • Understanding how to change keys without moving all over the fretboard to a more familiar note.  

Week 8: Maximizing the Fretboard with Arpeggios
Arpeggio Practice • Getting the most range out of one position and how this practice discipline can make you think more about what notes are right next to each other so that you don't have to jump from position to position • Major 7 Arpeggios • Minor 7 Arpeggios • Dominant Arpeggios


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