Private Guitar Lesson Level 1 focuses on the theoretical foundation for guitar performance. Upon completion, students will be able to play chromatic and major scale forms, and understand the chord forms represented by these scales. Students will master triads across the fretboard in the most common keys before moving on to four-part chords and arpeggios, and applying this knowledge to a final musical piece under the guidance of the instructor.
By the end of Private Guitar Lesson Level 1, you will be able to:
Play major and chromatic scales in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A in two octaves from the tonic (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)
Play triad chords in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A, starting from the root position across the fretboard in one octave
Play triad arpeggios in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A one octave from the root (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)
Play four-part chords from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6, Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13—one form for each
Play four-part arpeggios from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7—one octave from root (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)
Read level-appropriate single note and chords with rhythm notation
Perform a piece that is approximately three minutes in length
Author & Instructor
Joe Stump was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the top 10 fastest shredders of all time, by Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest players of all time, and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. He has appeared in countless guitar and metal-based publications, fanzines, and webzines worldwide. Referring to his specialty as "full throttle neo- classical shred/speed metal," Stump has toured the world both as a solo artist and with metal bands Joe Stump's Reign Of Terror, HolyHell, RavenLord, and Exorcism. The Dark Lord Rises marks his 10th solo album. Stump has been the metal/shred guitar specialist at Berklee for the last 22 years.
Author & Instructor
Larry Baione is Chair of the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department, Baione has been a faculty member since 1974 and has been chair since 1990. He has studied from Lenzy Wallace, Mick Goodrick, Bill Harris, William Leavitt, Bucky Pizzarelli and Jim Hall. He received his Bachelors in Music from Berklee and his Masters in Music from New England Conservatory. When attending Berklee, he received the Downbeat Hall of Fame Scholarship award.
After graduating Berklee, Larry was principal guitarist in the Army Band, stationed in Washington D.C. He performed in the White House and throughout the United States with the Army Blues. In 1996, Baione toured South America for the state department as one of the inaugural Jazz Amabassadors representing the unique American art form.
Larry is author of the Berklee Practice Method for Guitar. He performs in numerous jazz, concert and recording ensembles, settings that range from solo guitar to big band. He continues to perform and give clinics throughout the world. His recent recording Playing Time consists of original compositions and standards in a trio setting.
Author & Instructor
Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Flushing Town Hall. She has released five albums to date and her playing has been described by The New York City Jazz Record as “utterly unique, a breath of fresh air in the cookie-cutter climes of both mainstream and free jazz.” Before she began teaching at Berklee in 2011, she was a member of the faculty at New School University and the National Guitar Workshop. Monaco is the author of Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner.
Berklee Alumna Jane Miller is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and the author of Introduction To Jazz Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, 2015). She is a Contributing Editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine and is a former monthly columnist for Premier Guitar magazine. Jane has presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad in Argentina, Chile, South Korea, and Colombia. She has taught at Berklee for over two decades. The Jane Miller Group has released several albums, most recently in 2017.
David Gilmore has performed and recorded with many of today’s most influential artists including Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman, Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Randy Brecker, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Sam Rivers, and many others. Gilmore’s first CD, Ritualism, was nominated for the 2001 Debut CD of the Year, by the Jazz Journalists Association. Voted a rising star by Downbeat Magazine, Gilmore’s playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George Benson and Jimi Hendrix. Gilmore has been the recipient of numerous grants, including two Chamber Music of America Grants and New Jazz Works Composer Grants. Committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness, he conducts master classes around the world, and is an Associate Professor at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. His 2015 CD, Energies of Change, received 4 ½ stars in Down Beat, and he was recently featured in their Artist Spotlight column. His latest release, Transitions, was released in February 2017 on the Dutch Criss Cross Label.
Julien Kasper's style can best be described as an organic amalgam of rock, jazz, blues, and funk. He has released three critically acclaimed albums of original music and has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a leader and sideman. He has been featured and reviewed in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Jazz Times, and numerous other publications. Kasper holds a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas and a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Studio Performance from University of Miami. He is now in his 20th year on the Berklee Guitar department faculty.
Shaun Michaud is a Berklee grad who has been teaching at the school for more than 16 years. The music he has written has appeared on TV on The History Channel, and in films such as Movie 43, and November Criminals. He has written, recorded, and produced five albums, two of which were released on the Inside Out label. Working as a recording engineer for more than a decade, he has hundreds of recording and mastering credits in the classical music genre for Parma Recordings.
Kevin Belz is a versatile and well-rounded musician with years of playing experience, including extensive touring both internationally and nationally. Some of the names he has recorded with and/or played with include New Orleans piano great and legend Henry Butler, Susan Tedeschi from the Derek Trucks Tedeschi band, Blues great Duke Robillard, Ellis Hall of the Tower of Power band, Mighty Sam McClain, and Handy Award nominee Toni Lynn Washington, to name a few.
Along with his full schedule at Berklee as Assistant professor in the Guitar Department teaching Jazz, Rock and Blues styles, he also has a full schedule of playing live shows and records in and around the New England area. He has been a regular faculty member at Berklee College for the past 11 years.
Dan Bowden is an unusually versatile guitarist and teacher, specializing in a wide range of styles including rock, jazz, blues and R'n'B. With over a dozen instructional books for the guitar to his credit, Dan has reached guitar students worldwide. His best-selling titles include: Wes Montgomery: The Early Years, Mel Bays Complete Accompaniment Method For Guitar, and Electric Blues Guitar Workout. Along with doing freelance performing in the Boston area, Dan plays and records with the blues, roots and originals group: Stingy Brimm. He has taught guitar at Berklee since 1989, and is himself a Berklee graduate. Dan's first guitar effect pedal was an original 1960's Maestro Fuzz-Tone. He has continuously used effects since that time.
Freddie Bryant received a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and in addition to being on the faculty at Berklee, he is also a visiting faculty member at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland. Before coming to Berklee, he was a professor in the Africana Studies and Music departments at Williams College. Bryant is an active player in the New York jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell, The Mingus Orchestra, Ben Riley's Thelonious Monk Legacy Septet, Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Max Roach. He leads his own groups and has released eight albums as a leader, the most recent of which is "Monk Restrung," featuring the music of Thelonious Monk.
Born in the U.K. and raised in the West Indies, Thaddeus Hogarth is a Professor in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music. A two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for Best R&B/Blues, he has been a prominent singer songwriter and guitar/chromatic harmonica player on the New England music scene since the early 90's, after graduating from Berklee.
Thaddeus leads his own group, the Thaddeus Hogarth Band, featuring Tony “Thunder” Smith on drums, Winston Maccow on bass, and David Sparr on keyboards. He has shared the bill or stage with such legends as Tower of Power, Fred Wesley, Ernie Isley, Bernie Worrell, Sinbad, Average White Band, Donald Harrison, James Montgomery, Johnny Winter, and Matt Schofield.
When Bose launched their Personal Amplification System (L1 Series), Thaddeus' band was hand-picked to represent Bose nationwide for the launch of this revolutionary live music amplification technology. His work also includes collaboration with the reggae legend and Grammy nominee, Sister Carol. Prior to this, Hogarth was the principal singer-songwriter and guitarist for Boston's Heavy Metal Horns, known for their original heavy hitting funk-rock grooves and full brass sound. Thaddeus was featured on 2 of their internationally released CD’s: Heavy Metal Horns (Square Records) and Horns In The House (Polystar Japan/Danger), and garnered awards such as Best New Band (Boston magazine, 1990) and Outstanding Club Act (Boston Music Awards, 1992). Since then, he has released four award-winning solo CDs under his own name, a Jimi Hendrix tribute CD and a live concert DVD.
Thaddeus is the author of Funk/R&B Guitar: Creative Solos, Grooves, and Sounds (Hal Leonard/Berklee Press) and Funk/Rock R&B Guitar Soloing (Berklee Online). His "Introduction to Guitar" course on Coursera/Berklee has been featured on The TODAY Show and has reached enrollment surpassing 500,000. His music and voice can be heard worldwide in full-length and independent short feature films, commercial television, PBS, and MTV. Billboard magazine describes Hogarth's music as "Soul Terra Firma," and the Boston Globe calls him a "guitar virtuoso.”
Scotty Johnson is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music (since 1999) and an active musician in the Boston area. As well as recent tours in Florida and the midwest with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Scotty is an active pit guitarist with over 50 theater credits including The Lion King, Finding Neverland, Pippin, Memphis, Matilda, Motown, Beautiful, and If/Then. In the past, Scotty has toured around the world many times and recorded music with guitarist Paul Gilbert (Bee Hive Live, Alligator Farm), The Ford Blues Band (Fords and Friends with Robben Ford), The Blindside Blues Band, Dick Dale (Calling Up Spirits), Ansley Dunbar, and many others. Scotty's instructional video 'Accelerate Your Rock Guitar Playing' is available from Berklee Press / Hal Leonard / Rittor Music. Scotty is the co-author of the Berklee online course Steve Vai Guitar Techniques and an instructor for Guitar Chords 101.
Sheryl Bailey has honed her craft as a leader and side-person on the competitive New York City scene. She has toured worldwide with her own Sheryl Bailey 3 and Plucky Strum, and as a side-person with Richard Bona, David Krakauer, Anat Cohen, and Gary Thomas, to name a few. She has been named a Rising Star on the DownBeat Critics Poll for three years running, and has been featured in major publications like Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar, and JazzTimes magazine.
Tim Miller offers a distinctive voice to the world of jazz and rock guitar. He is currently a professor in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music. Guitar Player magazine characterized his playing as "pure melody consciousness with remarkable control, and a breathy, violin-y tone"
His most notable recordings are Trio and Trio Vol.2. Tim has performed/recorded with Dweezil Zappa, Paul Motian, Randy Brecker, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Ben Monder, Gary Burton, Eddie Gomez, David Liebman, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Mark Turner, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Thomas, George Duke, Gary Husband, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Antonio Sanchez, among others.
Tim has also co-authored a book with guitarist Mick Goodrick titled Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard). Additionally, he is the author of the Berklee Online course Guitar Ensemble Techniques.
Joe Musella is a guitarist and music educator active in the Boston music scene. His rock quartet, the Joe Musella Group, performs internationally. Musella's recent collaborations include recording with Joe Vitale, the current drummer for Crosby, Stills and Nash, and with their bass player, David Santos. Other guitar work includes playing for theater productions and with the bands Freestyle and the Ginamark Band. As Assistant Professor of Guitar at Berklee, he developed and teaches the popular Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin course, and is developing a course on Eric Clapton. He is also a Berklee alumnus, and studied with Charlie Banacos and Mick Goodrick.
David Newsam has been teaching at Berklee College of Music since 1989 as a member of the Guitar and Professional Music departments. He is the director of the Classical Guitar Chamber program at Berklee and teaches private lessons on classical and jazz guitar. David has performed in concerts and clinics with many noted musicians, among them guitarists Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein, and Howard Alden; pianists Dave McKenna and James Williams; drummers Ed Shaugnessy, Louis Bellson, Bob Moses, and Alan Dawson; and jazz legends Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Joe Williams, and Milt Jackson. He is the former Artistic Director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, and is a member of the Back Bay Guitar Trio. David grew up in Connecticut where he was a student of Robert Shaw, and he is a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he studied with Jim Kelly, Larry Baione, and William Leavitt.
Rick Peckham is an internationally known jazz guitarist and educator. He has presented performances and clinics on six continents and specializes in a unique blend of styles, including jazz, rock, blues, fusion and country finger style performance.
Currently a full-time professor in Berklee’s Guitar department, Peckham has been a faculty member since 1986, and served as assistant chair of the Guitar department, with 1,100 guitar students and 60 guitar faculty, from 1992-2013.
The internationally released album, Left End, with drummer Jim Black and bassist Tony Scherr was named one of the best releases of 2005 by DownBeat magazine. He organized the college’s honorary doctoral tributes to Roy Haynes, Joe Zawinul, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield, featuring then-Berklee students Kurt Rosenwinkel, Matthew Garrison, Antonio Hart, Abe Laboriel Jr., Melvin Butler and Seamus Blake. Several then-Berklee students he has coached include Lionel Loueke, Lage Lund, Frank Möbus, Jeff Parker, Matt Stevens and Nir Felder.
In 2007, the University Professional & Continuing Education Association awarded the Berklee Online course he authored, Berklee Guitar Chords 101, “Best Online Class.” He has also authored the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques, and Hal Leonard books Berklee Jazz Guitar Dictionary and Berklee Rock Chord Dictionary.
With performances that are deeply personal and express a breadth of tradition, guitarist Kim Perlak has been recognized as an inspired voice in American classical music. Her playing was praised by The Austin-American Statesman as, “thoughtful, enchanting, vivid…a songwriter’s circle without the lyrics,” and by another Austin reviewer as, “moving…the most patriotic thing I’ve experienced in many months.”
Kim’s versatile and inclusive approach to the instrument embraces new composition, education, and public service. Her performances of new classical works and collaborations with jazz and traditional players have been featured on National Public Radio, at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, and at Boston GuitarFest. Her recording for solo guitar, Common Ground, features the new compositions of five American composers. Her work combining performance, American music history, and outreach has been funded through grants from the Center for African American Southern Music and Yale Alumni Ventures. Kim’s collaborative guitar work with American veterans in the concert project “Ben & I Play for Peace” was honored by the PBS program “From the Top” as part of their Arts Leadership series, and was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. She currently serves on the board of the Boston Classical Guitar Society.
Kim is the assistant chair of the Guitar Department at the Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, her artistic work to bridge styles includes collaborations with faculty composers, and in duo playing with master improviser and slide guitarist David Tronzo. Kim’s curriculum development for the department produced the book Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist, which was published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard in 2016. Kim is the recipient of the 2016 Berklee Chair Recording Grant.
Kim holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA ’08), Yale University School of Music (MM ’01), and Stetson University (BM ’98), and a certificate of completion from the Harvard University Management Development Program (2013).
Kim plays guitars by Thomas Humphrey and Kirk Sand and endorses D’Addario Strings.
Randy Roos is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Orchestra Luna, who released their eponymous debut on Epic/CBS in 1974. He has also released albums on the Narada and JVC labels. Roos has composed numerous TV scores including all of the Scientific American Frontiers series (PBS, hosted by Alan Alda) and several in the PBS NOVA series. He regularly performs with Club d’Elf, Donkilo Afrofunk Orkestra, Urethane, and the Marc Rossi Group. He has also performed with Steve Swallow, Mick Goodrick, Bill Bruford, John Medeski, and Victor Bailey. In addition, Roos owns and operates a commercial recording studio where he produces, engineers, and plays on a steady stream of projects. On the Berklee campus, Roos teaches Recording Techniques for Guitarists, Electronic Effects, MIDI Guitar Lab, and Intro to Music Technology.
Guitarist Bruce Saunders is a Professor at Berklee College of Music. With New York City as his base since 1988, he has toured Europe, South America, Australia, Japan, and the United States as a band leader and as a sideman. He has recorded with musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, Bill Stewart, Michael Cain, Glen Velez, Harvie Swartz, David Berkman, Tony Scherr, Mark Murphy, Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas, and many others. He has four recordings CDs as a leader: Fragment (Moo Records, 2002); Likely Story (Moo Records, 1998); Jazz Hymns (1995 and 1998); Forget Everything (Moo Records, 1995).
Saunders has taught at Berklee since 1992. He has also taught at New York University and various clinics worldwide, including the International Jazz Seminar in Xalapa, Mexico, numerous times in Colombia, South America, and the Maine Jazz Camp. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar and theory from Florida State University, and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Jack Petersen and Tom Johnson. He is the author of Pentatonics, Modern Blues, and Melodic Improvisation (all Mel Bay Publications). For further information on Bruce Saunders, visit his Web site at: www.brucesaunders.com
Bobby Stanton has been playing in world-class bands since he was a teenager. He moved to Nashville before moving to Boston to go to Berklee College, where he graduated with honors and became the first student to receive the prestigious “Ovation” award. His musical path has been diverse, including appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and Dave Brubeck’s A Welcome Home Christmas. A short list of some of the artists he has played with: James Taylor, Bo Diddley, Hal Blaine, Sleepy LaBeef, The Temptations, The Drifters, Charlie Daniels, and Noel Redding. Stanton has also won songwriting awards from BMI and ASCAP, and contributed articles to several international music publications including Guitar Player magazine.
Robin Stone is a professor in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music. While she teaches many styles of music, she concentrates on the history and playing styles of classic rock guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and the Allman Brothers. She has taught at Berklee since 1990, when she became the second woman ever hired in the Guitar department.
Stone is the managing editor and web designer of the Guitar department's online newsletter, "Open Position," which showcases the many talents of the faculty and provides an insider's look into the work being done in the school's largest department. She contributes articles under the title "String Theory," exploring harmonic concepts for guitarists. In 1993, she composed a piece entitled "Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra," which was released on the MMC label. In 1996, she was awarded the Japan Foundation's Uchida Fellowship, allowing her to live in Roppongi, Tokyo, to study the traditional Japanese instrument, the Koto.
Stone received her bachelor's degree in professional music from Berklee in 1983. In 1988, she received her master’s degree in jazz studies from New England Conservatory, where she studied composition with William Thomas McKinley and George Russell.
Stone graduated from NEC with academic honors and became a member of Phi Kappa Lambda musical honors society.
David Tronzo teaches at Berklee Online.
Michael Williams has been active as a blues and jazz guitarist since 1987, performing extensively throughout the United States and Canada as a member of Grammy award winning James Cotton's blues band, and with many other artists, including David "Fathead" Newman, Mighty Sam McClain, the Bruce Katz Band, Sugar Ray Norcia, Darrell Nulisch, Toni Lynn Washington, Michelle Willson, Jerry Portnoy, the Love Dogs, blues piano virtuoso David Maxwell, and his own band, Michael Williams and Friends. Michael performed on James Cotton's album, 35th Anniversary Jam, which won a W.C. Handy Award and received a Grammy nomination for the Best Traditional Blues Album in 2003. He performed on Bruce Katz's 2004 release, entitled A Deeper Blue, and his playing, songwriting, and arranging are featured on Michelle Willson's album So Emotional, which earned a four-star review in DownBeat magazine. In 1999 he released an album, entitled Late Night Walk (Blue Tempo Records), which features ten original compositions with guest artists David "Fathead" Newman on tenor sax, Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals, and Bruce Katz on Hammond B3 organ and piano.
Michael is an associate professor in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music and specializes in teaching a mix of blues and jazz styles. Originally from Northern California, he has written jingles for radio and television, and performed on extended tours throughout Europe with jazz and theater groups.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" as well as being one of "Boston's best composers" through his work with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Norman Zocher is a long-time New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music faculty member. He has performed with and recorded a broad range of artists, including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding, Bob Moses, Paul Bley, and Dave Holland. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a composer and an instrumentalist. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci, and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist/pedal steel guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra.
Bruce Bartlett has been an associate professor and clinician in the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department for 15 years. His band, the Bruce Bartlett Trio, has played nationally and internationally and released three albums.
Bruce began his career as a recording session guitarist at the age of 19, working for producer Arthur Baker in New York City. He played rhythm guitar for several underground recordings for R&B artists in the early 80s. More recently, he recorded a live performance DVD with John Blackwell (drummer for Prince). He also composed most of the material, along with being a featured soloist for Modern Drummer Festival 2000 at Montclair University in New Jersey.
His sideman and leader work includes performances at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Quebec Jazz Festival, and Indonesia Jazz Festival. Bruce has opened for Weather Report and Hirman Bullock, and performed with Chick Corea on Chick Corea Day, in Chelsea, MA, in 2001. Recently, Bruce performed with Zigaboo Modeliste (original drummer of Meters) and is in the process of recording his eighth solo record of original music. For more information on Bruce Bartlett, visit www.brucebartlett.com.
No Textbook Requirements
A recording tool is provided within the course that will allow students to record videos of themselves playing for assignment submission. Alternatively, students can use a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet to record assignments.
- Audio interface such as the IK Multimedia Stealthplug, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Mbox, etc. See the Student Deals page for discounts
- A built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built in ports or an external audio interface)
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
- 500 MB hard drive space
- Speakers or headphones
- Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed ( http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)
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