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Where Private Guitar Lesson Level 2 introduced the melodic minor scale and the harmonic possibilities represented by the scale, Level 3 does the same with the harmonic minor scale and its chordal possibilities. A mastery of the related triads across the fretboard in the most common keys will be used as an introduction to four-part chords and arpeggios. In addition, you will be introduced to the diminished scale in two octaves across the fretboard. This knowledge will be applied to a final musical piece under the guidance of the instructor.

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By the end of Private Guitar Lesson Level 3, you will be able to:

  • Play the harmonic minor scale in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and A in two octaves from any degree (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play the diminished scale (whole step, half step) in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and A in two octaves from the tonic (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play triads in major and minor spread (open) voicings starting from any inversion in one octave from the roots of  C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and A

  • Play triad arpeggios in major, minor, augmented, and diminished from any chord tone in one octave (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play four-part chords of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6, Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, and 13—two forms for each from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A 

  • Play four-part arpeggios of Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, and Dim(Maj7) from any chord tone in one octave  (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Read level-appropriate single notes and chords with rhythm notation

  • Perform an instructor-approved piece, approximately three minutes in length
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Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge, and/or Skills
Completion of Private Guitar Lesson Level 2 is required.


  • No textbooks required


  • Electric or acoustic guitar


  • Students are required to capture their instrumental performance, as well as monitor audio output. Options include:
    • Input (one required):
      • Instrument connected directly to audio interface (recommended electric option; alternatively, the microphone options below can be used with amplified instruments)
      • XLR microphone and audio interface (recommended acoustic option)
      • USB microphone
      • Built-in computer/mobile device microphone
    • Output (one required):
      • Headphones (recommended option; required if multitracking and/or input monitoring a microphone)
      • Studio monitors and audio interface
      • Built-in or external speakers
  • Note: Depending on your setup, you may also need XLR/instrument cables and a microphone stand.

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General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Classes. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection


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