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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media
 

Music Performance: Jazz and Commercial Guitar Courses


PMUS 1093/1094 FINGERBOARD HARMONY/MELODY

This course is an upper-level guitar theory class designed to give the student an understanding of the harmonic and melodic elements of the instrument. The main topics include: open position chords, scale tone triads, scale tone seventh chords, harmonized scales, walking bass with chords, drop two chord voicings, altered dominant seventh chords, tetrachord based modes and scales, the seven Greek modes, melodic minor modes, pentatonic scales and many styles specific techniques.

Topical Outline of the Course

PMUS 2000/4000 SIGHTREADING and IMPROVISATION

This ensemble is designed to make students proficient in the techniques and concepts of instrumental jazz improvisation and sight reading. Major concepts include understanding and interpreting the construction of jazz harmonic nomenclature and the mastery of melodic elements of improvisation. The sightreading component of this course includes melodic and harmonic sightreading of jazz and commercial repertoire. The improvisation component includes memorizing jazz standards, playing melodic patterns and transcribing

PMUS 2000/4000 - STYLES ENSEMBLE

This ensemble explores several musical styles and the techniques needed to achieve proficiency playing these styles. Topics include: Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop, Blues, Rock, Funk and World Beat. Video and audio examples of experts in each style are presented in class. Techniques specific to all instruments for each style are explained and performed in an ensemble setting.


To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the guitar program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor.