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Lesson Styles


Classical:
This Guitar style incorporates finger picking, using the thumb and three fingers of the right hand (in collaboration with the left hand) to play melodies, harmonies, arpeggios, scales, and various other techniques specific to the Classical or Spanish Guitar.

Students can start at beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, with emphasis on reading standard music notation, playing music from the Classical Guitar repertoire, and developing correct technique.

Students can also learn Classical/Blues and Classical/Jazz Fusion Styles using Classical Guitar technique.


Acoustic:
Like the Classical Guitar, the Acoustic Guitar can be finger-picked. It can also be played with a pick or plectrum. The word Acoustic applies more to the type of Guitar than the style. The Acoustic Guitar has steel strings instead of nylon strings like that of the Classical Guitar. As far as style goes, the Acoustic Guitar has a strong connection to folk music, and many types of strummed chordal music where its role is one of accompaniment to singing.

Students can start at beginner or higher levels with emphasis on strumming, and building a chord vocabulary. For students that want to learn the Guitar only, singing songs is optional.


Electric:
Paramount Guitar Tuition does not teach students how to copy note-for-note solos from 20th and 21st century heavy metal and rock guitarists. There is already a huge amount of this type of tuition online in the form of videos, apps to slow down audio tracks, and various other visual and aural alternative learning methods. If you're aspiring to be a virtuoso electric guitarist, copying other guitarists' solos is probably not going to be of much benefit to you.

What electric guitar students will learn is all of the stylistic techniques specific to the heavy metal genre (this genre encompasses related subject matter for pop, blues, and rock). You may be thinking, how is this achieved. Firstly, let's start with a well known fact: many electric guitarists don't understand the theoretical framework behind what they're actually playing.

The relationship between theoretical and practical should exist together in the guitarist's mind. Many topics will be covered, some of which include pentatonic and blues scales, power chords, open position chords, riff building, diatonic major and minor scales, exotic scales, arpeggios, modes and modal harmony, chord types, alternate picking, string skipping, sweep picking, ascending and descending slurs, bending, sliding, tapping, vibrato, improvisation, and more. Students can start at beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.


Improvisation:
The act of improvising entails unleashing your built-up knowledge of the fretboard in order to play without over-thinking, in a more free and spontaneous fashion. This requires instant recognition of all of the notes on the fretboard, key signatures, related scales, and so on.

Students can learn improvisation regardless of what style of music they are currently learning, or what type of guitar they play. Students need to tell the teacher if improvisation is of interest to them, so that it can be incorporated into their lessons.


Musicianship:
Students will learn Music Theory to understand how chords, scales, melody, and harmony work. They will also learn Technique, to give them the physical ability to master their instrument. Musicianship can be taken regardless of style, and is especially important to students studying Electric Guitar, Improvisation, and Guitar Composition.


Guitar Composition:
Students can learn to compose their own guitar music, be it songs, or instrumental pieces.

For those students wanting to compose complex guitar music at a very high level, you will also need to undergo improvisation, musicianship, and stylistic techniques training, depending on the genre you wish to compose for. You will also learn how to build a composition vocabulary.

 

 

 

 

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