Program Syllabus (Description)

Program 1: Beginner Contemporary/Mandarin Pop Guitar (Acoustic)


In the Beginner Contemporary/Mandarin Pop Guitar program, you will learn the basic foundation of playing the guitar. You will start with learning how to hold the guitar, developing correct body posture, tuning your guitar, understand basic music theory, read chord diagrams, chord pressing techniques and strength training. Right after the foundation work, you will learn to strum while changing chords. This is to exercise your coordination skills. Next, you will learn to strum different rhythms for different songs. Eventually our goal is for you to strum and sing simultaneously.


In total, you will learn 2 simple strumming patterns for playing fast and slow songs respectively. With that, you will be able to strum and sing to your favourite songs. Simple plucking techniques will also be introduced. You will also get to choose the songs you want to learn. We will learn all the common family chords in key of A to G. Chord diagrams will be issued as part of the lesson curriculum. At the end of this program, you should be able to play simple fast and slow songs confidently.

Recommendation: 30 lessons for fresh beginner

To view a list of songs you are expecting to learn, please click here:  Program Syllabus (Song List)


Summary of program:

- Introduction to guitars
- Parts of the guitar
- Knowing your strings and guitar fingerboard
- The Chromatic Scale
- Chords in Key of A to G
- Reading chord diagrams
- Guitar Tuning with a tuner
- Chord pressing techniques
- 1 Fast song strumming pattern (Rhythm 1)
- Half bar changes (Rhythm 1)
- 1 Slow song strumming pattern (Rhythm 2)
- Half bar changes (Rhythm 2)
- Simple plucking
- Theory: Relationship between the Chromatic Scale, Major Scale and Chords


Program 2: Beginner Christian Guitar/Contemporary Gospel (Acoustic)


In the Worship Guitar/Contemporary Gospel program, you will learn the basic foundation of playing the guitar. You will start with learning how to hold the guitar, developing correct body posture, tuning your guitar, understand basic music theory, read chord diagrams, chord pressing techniques and strength training. Right after the foundation work, you will learn to strum while changing chords. This is to exercise your coordination skills. Next, you will learn to strum different rhythms for different songs. Eventually our goal is for you to strum and sing simultaneously.


In total, you will learn 2 simple strumming patterns for playing fast and slow songs respectively. With that, you will be able to strum and sing to your favourite songs. Simple plucking techniques will also be introduced. You will also get to choose the songs you want to learn. We will learn all the common family chords in key of A to G. Chord diagrams will be issued as part of the lesson curriculum. At the end of this program, you should be able to play simple praise and worship songs confidently.

Recommendation: 20 lessons for fresh beginner

To view a list of songs you are expecting to learn, please click here:  Program Syllabus (Song List)


Summary of program:

- Introduction to guitars
- Parts of the guitar
- Knowing your strings and guitar fingerboard
- The Chromatic Scale
- Chords in Key of A to G
- Reading chord diagrams
- Guitar Tuning with a tuner
- Chord pressing techniques
- 1 Praise strumming pattern (Rhythm 1)
- Half bar changes (Rhythm 1)
- 1 Worship strumming pattern (Rhythm 2)
- Half bar changes (Rhythm 2)
- Simple plucking
- Theory: Relationship between the Chromatic Scale, Major Scale and Chords


Program 3: Intermediate Contemporary/Mandarin Pop Guitar (Acoustic)


Intermediate Contemporary/Mandarin Pop Guitar comprises of 2 sections. Firstly in the theoretical section, you will learn be taught General Music Theory which allows you to understand the relationship between chromatic music notes, major scales and chords. Next up, Chords Theory 1 and 2 will be introduced to expand your chord knowledge and vocabulary. In Chord Construction Theory, there will be practical exercises for you to construct chords on the guitar, as well as, deriving the chord name of any given chord shown to you. In addition, you will also learn how to use a guitar capo and the theory behind it. You will also be taught different bar chord shapes and its variations. Finally you will learn the technique of identify notes on your guitar fingerboard quickly by locating the octave notes.


In the practical section, you will learn strumming styles such as 3/4 simple time strumming, 6/8 compound time strumming, non-conventional strumming patterns 1-4 and plucking. It emphasizes heavily on the use of right hand technique to build dynamics in any song you play. Hence you can expect lots of strumming exercises from a wide variety of songs aimed to develop your "FEEL". This program is also designed for beginners who wants to cement a further foundation in rhythmic play before moving on to a specific genre of their interest.


To view a list of songs you are expecting to learn, please click here:  Program Syllabus (Song List)


Summary of program:

Theory

- General Music Theory
- Chords Theory 1
- Chords Theory 2
- How does scales lead to chords
- Using a guitar capo
- Barre chord shapes
- Octave notes on the guitar
- Chord Construction Theory: Theory to Practical
- Chord Construction Theory: Practical to Theory

Practical

- 3/4 strumming pattern
- 6/8 strumming pattern
- Non conventional strumming patterns 1-4
- Plucking
- Transposition Chords


Program 4: Intermediate Worship Guitar/Contemporary Gospel (Acoustic)


Intermediate Worship Guitar/Contemporary Gospel comprises of 2 sections. Firstly in the theoretical section, you will learn be taught General Music Theory which allows you to understand the relationship between chromatic music notes, major scales and chords. Next up, Chords Theory 1 and 2 will be introduced to expand your chord knowledge and vocabulary. In Chord Construction Theory, there will be practical exercises for you to construct chords on the guitar, as well as, deriving the chord name of any given chord shown to you. In addition, you will also learn how to use a guitar capo and the theory behind it. You will also be taught different bar chord shapes and its variations. Finally you will learn the technique of identify notes on your guitar fingerboard quickly by locating the octave notes.


In the practical section, you will learn strumming styles such as 3/4 simple time strumming, 6/8 compound time strumming and Fast Praise strumming patterns. It emphasizes heavily on the use of right hand technique to build dynamics in any song you play. Hence you can expect lots of strumming exercises from a wide variety of songs aimed to develop your "FEEL". This program is also designed for beginners who wants to cement a further foundation in rhythmic play before moving on to the advance course.


To view a list of songs you are expecting to learn, please click here:  Program Syllabus (Song List)


Summary of program:

Theory

- General Music Theory
- Chords Theory 1
- Chords Theory 2
- How does scales lead to chords
- Using a guitar capo
- Barre chord shapes
- Octave notes on the guitar
- Chord Construction Theory: Theory to Practical
- Chord Construction Theory: Practical to Theory

Practical

- 3/4 strumming pattern
- 6/8 strumming pattern
- 2 Fast Praise strumming patterns
- Transposition Chords


Program 5: Advance Contemporary Pop/Mandarin Pop/Worship Guitar (Acoustic)


Advance Contemporary Pop/Mandarin Pop Guitar will be the final program Guitarworks has in stored for your learning. We will explore music theory in extensive detail and discover the mechanics of how it relates to guitar playing. It is essential for every guitarist to have a solid foundation in music theory to better compliment their playing. The topics listed below have been meticulously sieved out from the vast ABRSM syllabus so that you only learn that which is relevant. This is the most comprehensive set of literature Guitarworks has ever prepared to ensure you will be ready for any song you will ever encounter.


For the practical section, you will be introduced to many kinds of scales in music. Each scale is different and unique. Hence, its application is likewise. Having the understanding of scales, you will able to create and play your own guitar (solo) lines with creativity. You will also be taught how to play your guitar with a unique voice of your own by exploring dynamics and music arrangement in detail. This enables you to know how to arrange the flow of your song dynamically to make it stand out.


Finally, advanced plucking, strumming improvisations, triplets, double strums, irregular rhythms and rhythm changes will add colour and vibrancy to your personality and style.


To view a list of songs you are expecting to learn, please click here:  Program Syllabus (Song List)


Summary of program:

Theory

- General Music Theory
- Chords Theory 1
- Chords Theory 2
- How does scales lead to chords
- Using a guitar capo
- Barre chord shapes
- Octave notes on the guitar
- Chord Construction Theory: Theory to Practical
- Chord Construction Theory: Practical to Theory
- Technical names of Scale Degrees
- Transposition chords
- CAGED System
- Circle of 5th theory
- Circle of 4th theory
- Letter names on treble clef
- Key Signatures
- Time Signatures
- Counting

Practical

- Non conventional strumming patterns
- 7 patterns of major scale
- 5 patterns of major pentatonic scale
- Blues scale
- Application of scales (creating own solo)
- Music Arrangement
- Advanced plucking
- Fingerstyle plucking
- Strumming with muting
- Double strums
- Rhythm changes during strumming
- Turnaround
- Emphasis
- Triplets


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3 comments:

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