Basic Concepts (1-2 years). At any starting age, this course covers a variety of guitar basics, including strumming techniques and patterns, basic reading of chords, tabs and counting, as well as an introduction to playing sing-note melodies. Upon completion, students should feel comfortable to play a simple song and rhythmically follow a chord chart. Lead/Electric specific – Students will learn the pentatonic scale and its positions up the neck, as well as an introduction to solo playing.
Intermediate Concepts (2-3 years). Guitarist will advance in rhythmic and complex strumming patterns and begin to incorporate picking techniques. Bar chords, scales and riff playing is introduced, along with ear-training and transcription of songs. The function of guitar in a band is explored. Lead/Electric specific – Blues scales and soloing concepts are introduced. Technique and speed is emphasized through the exploring of major and modal scales.
Advanced Concepts (4-6 years). This level of lesson plan is customized to the specific musical goals of each individual. Students will increase fluency in all scales in all positions. A thorough comprehension of complex chords, arpeggios, speed techniques and different stylistic approaches, including hybrid picking, finger style and tone, will be developed. Students will understand the role of both rhythmic and lead guitar in a band context.
Zac Tiessen (Guitar Instructor)
Zac has been awarded scholarships to be mentored under master musicians in New York and Toronto. After completing six levels of ABRSM (British) music theory, he studied through Berklee College of Music (Boston) earning top grades and a celebrity scholarship, completing a Guitar Skills Specialist Certificate and a General Music Studies Specialist Certificate in theory and production. He regularly performs as a solo 8 string electric guitarist, has released one EP and two singles, with a new EP set to release Fall 2016. His style is a mix of progressive metal, jazz, flamenco and ambient. He enjoys teaching 6 and 8 string electric guitar, electric bass, as well as sound production.