Level Four

"Music, even in situations of great horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter, charm and thereby always remain music."

Advanced Apprentice

If you have made it this far then you have experienced the powerful results of great instruction, practice, focus, commitment and perseverance. You have learned that teaching is nothing more than good information and good guidance. You have learned and accepted that your success is all up to you and you are now enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Below is  Maestro Melody's Level Four Curriculum:

Adding color to music; songs, melodies and chords in all 12 keys

  1. add 2
  2. sus 4
  3. flat 5 (diminished)
  4. sharp 5 (augmented)
  5. 6th
  6. Maj and dominant 7th chords
  7. Using color in songs

 

Instrument Proficiency

  1. Intervallic relationships in given positions through sight reading, writing and ear training
  2. Using dynamics effectively
Chet Atkins
Achievement

Ear Training

  1. Major, Minor, intervals
  2. Melodic and harmonic intervals
  3. Intervallic relationships
  4. Writing and communicating what you hear

 

Musical Notation

  1. Writing music properly and clearly
  2. Basic Songwriting including melody, chords and lyrics (lyrics if applicable)

At the end of this level the student will understand what the each color tone does to the sound of the chord, the melody and the song, be able to properly execute and add color tones in all keys, deepen understanding of music fundamentals, develop sight reading, understand and apply written lead sheets and chord charts with color tones.

At successful completion of Levels 1 through 4, the student will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to enjoy music for the rest of their life with their guitar. They will have an understanding of music that far surpasses the average guitarist. They will be equipped to pursue performance in small venues (church, restaurants, lounges, parties, Etc.). Play and entertain at family and friend gatherings, campfires, Etc.
No further theory and harmony education is necessary for the new guitarist to enjoy their instrument.

If you are pursuing a career as a guitarist or wish to go on to college for guitar performance, teaching or music application on the guitar then you should continue your studies through Level 8.

If your desire is to develop a particular style of playing at a high level (Rock, Pop, Jazz, Etc.) you should continue your studies through Level 8 and then continue mastering your chosen style.

The beauty of learning and understanding music theory and harmony is that it is music. This knowledge of music can be applied to any instrument and will make learning that instrument so much easier. You will have the knowledge; you will only need to attain the physical motor skills necessary for your new instrument.