Next semester starts January 8, 2024

Private Guitar Lesson Level 4 builds upon the knowledge imparted in Level 3 regarding the harmonic major scale and its basis for harmonic possibilities. You will also be introduced to the major and minor pentatonic scale in two octaves across the fretboard. An expansion of melodic minor chord forms will also be explored. 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 4, you will be able to:

  • Play the harmonic major 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 major and minor pentatonic scales 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 augmented and diminished 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 two octaves (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play four-part chords of Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7), Maj(9/7), Maj(9/6), min9(maj7), 7(b9/b13),13(b9), 9(b13)— two forms for each from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and 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 note 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 3 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 Chats. 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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