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Discover a versatile way to play all 12 notes from the chromatic scale in a simple pattern.
Memorize and recognize the structure of the 12-bar blues (for jamming and practice).
Understanding this adaptation of the common 12-bar blues form will offer guitarists a path into older, traditional blues forms.
Establish the good habit of using 4 fingers (index, middle, ring and pinky) on the fretboard.
Useful for guitarists getting started with the CAGED system or the common major, minor or pentatonic scale shapes/patterns.
Useful to all guitarists… Learning to play the 5 major scale shapes/patterns on the guitar fretboard is one of the best ways to learn and use the fretboard!
This is a popular blues variation used in many popular music genres.
Clips are at the heart of why Ableton is the defacto performance DAW. Learn how they work!
Learn how Ableton’s session view represents a different way of thinking about music composition, arrangement and performance.
If you want to play fast and efficiently, learning to use up and down strokes when playing lead/melody on guitar (with a metronome) is essential.
This skill is valuable for guitarists who are looking for another way to play ‘thru’ any chord progression… while staying within a 4-5 fret range (one scale pattern).
Learning how audio files are unique among the file types in use on your computer will better equip you to understand and solve data-related issues in your audio productions.
This is useful for musicians making music on iPads who want to connect multiple music-making apps together, route audio and MIDI.
Using 3 common arpeggios, we can learn to play “through” the chords in a any chord progression.
Offering beginner electronic musicians a primer on essential concepts related to creating better ‘grooves’ when making beats or sequencing rhythmic tracks.
Learning to jam over the 8 bar blues means quick turn arounds and frequent walk-downs.
Learn to construct triads from the root, 3rd and 5th of a scale to ‘build’ a standard triad.
Cadences are harmonic structures that provide direction in a composition (an ending, a diversion or deception).
Are you trying to figure out what chords are good ‘candidates’ in a song for playing by ear? Then, learn this skill!
Getting familiar with major, minor, dominant, diminished, half-diminished and augmented chords qualities.
Getting familiar with major, minor, dominant, diminished, half-diminished and augmented chords qualities.
Songwriters and anyone who wants to learn music by ear will benefit from getting familiar with common chord progressions.
You can’t really compose music without harmony :). Harmony provides most of the context for the music you make – it is essential.
Helpful for guitarists who want to perform live, join jam sessions and feel confident playing in groups.
Useful for guitarists discovering downbeats, upbeats, strong beats and how to count time along with a metronome.
Essential for any guitarist wanting to play through song charts (typically available online).
Useful for guitarists learning how beats can be subdivided into divisions based on 2 or 3.
All guitarists need to learn to transition (switch) chords fluently without buzzing or muting. If this is your trouble, here’s what to do…
Learning best practices for filtering MIDI messages for reliability and flexibility.
If you like the sound of fingerpicking, then this is for you! Fingerpicking is a refined art, but is also accessible to beginners.
This is helpful for musicians working with music theory who want to dive deeper into recognizing tonal key centers by unique chord qualities.
This skill is valuable to any guitarist. But, it the lesson plan is specifically designed to improve the fret-hand’s coordination and precision.
Useful to guitarists learning how to navigate a guitar fretboard using scales, chords and octaves in 5 patterns.
This skill benefits electronic musicians and producers who work with programmed beats and are seeking to ‘humanize’ highly quantized rhythms.
Basic understanding and familiarity with what chord inversions are and how they’re played on guitar.
For musicians and producers who are interested in learning about mobile iOS recording and production.
This is of interest to producers who want to use iZotope’s machine learning technology to rapidly mix and master their productions.
Producers and musicians wanting to learn the features of iZotope Neutron
Learn to play a G major scale on the guitar. This is focused on learning the fretboard pattern.
Aspiring electronic musicians who want to develop an understanding of music theory.
This skill is essential for musicians who want to understand how melodies are constructed and how composers go about developing good melodies.
Understand what MIDI Clock is and how it is used in a MIDI music context.
Learn to hear (and understand) the darker/melancholy tone of minor chords (as opposed to the more grounded major sound).
Developing fluency with the minor scale across the fretboard and understanding it’s origins.
Aspiring electronic musicians who want to develop an understanding of music theory.
Getting familiar with the the pitfalls and solutions related to mixing bass in audio production is crucial to all – but, especially electronic music!
This is a powerful concept that help composers convey authentic emotions in any key by using modes.
When a compressor needs to be applied to specific frequency ranges, you’ll want to learn and use a good multiband compressor.
Most guitarists will start out playing something related to the pentatonic… its just THAT common and important.
This skill is all about developing your personal library of licks and phrases for soloing.
Skills related to developing a reliable and effective practice routine for improvement.
Musicians who want to understand the common blues-based underpinnings of popular music will benefit from getting to know this form.
Useful to any guitarist who wants to read the lines and numbers in guitar tab and correctly map them to the guitar fretboard.
Once you know how to basically render guitar tab onto your fretboard, you’ll want to refine your skills by learning to *interpret* guitar tab.
This is helpful for guitarists (or multi-instrumentalists) who want to convey the sound of resolution in their performance or songwriting.
Rhythm is probably the single most important component of music – learn what it is and how it is used.
Rhythm will make (or break) your electronic music tracks. So, learning what it is and how it works is essential.
Rhythm for guitarists includes keeping time and strumming patterns.
Bass players who want a way to talk about and understand common chord progressions will need numerals.
Roman Numerals (Nashville Numbers) offer guitarists a way to understand harmonic patterns.
All music theory students must learn to build (and ultimately memorize all 12 major and minor scales).
You’ll need to understand what scale degrees are if you want to talk about music theory with the correct terminology.
This is a wide field – valuable skill for many applications, including designing original synth patches, foley sounds or video game sound FX.
Using downstrokes and upstrokes correctly by matching them to downbeats and upbeats in music.
All musicians need learn how to accurately divide beats into rhythmic divisions (1/8ths, 1/16ths and triplets). This is essential to keeping time during performances.
This is helpful for guitarists (or multi-instrumentalists) who want to convey the sound of suspension in their performance or songwriting.
This is helpful to guitarists (or multi-instrumentalists) who want to convey tension (typically with a “V” chord) in their performance and/or songwriting.
Theme and variation is a musical ‘form’ that composers use to explore the ways a melody can be changed as a composition progresses.
Any songwriter or composer will need to understand the relationship (and implications) of tonics and keys.
Learning to use event monitors and best practices to isolate and solve MIDI problems.
All guitarists need to learn to tune – by correlating tuning pegs to string note names and using a tuner to correctly tune all 6 strings.
Get familiar with the basic features of a metronome and learn to use it as a practice tool.
Gain familiarity with the unique advantages and characteristics of virtual (software) instruments.
Learn what makes wavetable synthesis unique and different for sound designers.
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