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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

Topical Outline Of The Course:

1.0 Harmonic Elements of the Fingerboard

1.1 Open Position Chords

1.1.1 Vertical Transfer of Chords

1.1.2 Chord Progressions

1.2  Scale Tone Triads

1.2.1 Application to String Sets: Bottom Outside and Lower Middle

1.2.2 Application to String Sets: Upper Middle and Top

1.3 Scale Tone Seventh Chords

1.3.1 Application to String Sets: Bottom Outside, Lower Middle and Upper Middle

1.4 Harmonized Scales

1.4.1 Harmonized Major

1.4.2 Harmonized Mixolydian

1.4.3 Harmonized Natural Minor

1.5 Walking Bass With Chord Accompaniment Pattern

1.5.1 Jazz Blues Progression in Bb and F

1.5.2 Minor Blues Progression in Dm and Am

1.6 Drop Two Chord Voicings

1.6.1 Major Seventh, Dominant Seventh, Minor Seventh and Minor Seventh Flat Five.

1.6.2 Application to String Sets: Bottom Outside, Lower Middle and Upper Middle

1.7 Altered Dominant Seventh Chords

1.7.1 Sixth String Root (b5, #5, b9, #9)

1.7.2 Fifth String Root (b5, #5, b9, #9)


2.0 Commercial Styles Elements

2.1 Fingerstyle Guitar

2.1.1 Folk and Country Fingerpicking Accompaniment Patterns - Travis

2.1.2 Brazilian Accompaniment Patterns - Bossa Nova and Samba

2.1.3 African Pop Accompaniment Patterns

2.1.4 Argentinean Accompaniment Pattern - Tango

2.2 Plectrum Guitar

2.2.1 Jazz, Swing "Freddie Green" Accompaniment Pattern

2.2.2 Funk Accompaniment Patterns

2.2.3 Country Accompaniment Patterns

2.2.4 Reggae Patterns

2.2.5 Latin Accompaniment Pattern - Samba Comping

2.2.6 Celtic Accompaniment Patterns - Jig and Reel

2.2.7 Rock Accompaniment Patterns - Alternative, Metal, Modern


1.0 Melodic Elements of the Fingerboard

1.1 Tetrachord based modes and scales

1.1.1 The Seven Greek Modes

1.1.2 Melodic Minor

1.1.3 Harmonic Minor

1.1.4 Diminished Scale

1.1.1 Whole Tone Scale


1.2 Tetrachord based Arpeggios

1.2.1 Major Seventh, Seventh, Minor Seventh, Minor Seventh flat five, Diminished Seventh

1.2.2 Minor-Major Seventh, Seventh flat five, Suspended Seventh, Major Seventh flat five, Major Seventh sharp five

1.3 Mode and Scale Applications For Improvisation

1.3.1 Greek Modes Applied to Specific Chord Types

1.3.2 Melodic Minor Modes Applied to Specific Chord Types

1.3.3 Diminished Scales Applied to Specific Chord Types

1.3.4 Whole Tone Scales Applied to Specific Chord Types

1.4 Pentatonic Scales

1.4.1 Five Standard Finger Patterns

1.4.2 Connection of Patterns

1.4.3 Application of Pentatonic Scales For Improvisation

1.4.4 New Uses of Pentatonic Scales in Jazz Improvisation


2.0 Commercial Styles Elements

2.1 Jazz Improvisation

2.1.1 Alternate Picking Swing Technique

2.1.2 Legato Technique

2.2 Blues Improvisation

2.2.1 Standard Blues Melodic Patterns

2.2.2 Blues Forms

2.2.3 Style Appropriate Slurs, Hammer-On, Pull-Off

2.3 Country/Bluegrass

2.3.1 Alternate Picking Right Hand Technique

2.3.2 Bluegrass Melodies

2.4 Rock


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