Byron FryHey all, just putting the word out: If you want someone to teach you WHAT to play, like some kind of trained chimpanzee, I'm not the teacher for you. But if you want to achieve better musicianship---on whatever instrument---through a substantive understanding of music, I've got room for a few more students.
I teach online, one-on-one.
http://byronfrymusic.com/TEACHING_%26_CLINICS.htmlA) THE MUSICAL ALPHABET:
1) The Master Staff
2) Scales, key signatures, modes
3) 3rds and 7ths in Chords
4) Rhythmic Note Values
B) BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE UNIVERSE MUSICAL---HARMONY:
(This is an in-depth look at all eleven harmonic structures in conventional Western harmony, including all of the functions, interior 3, 4, 5 and 6-part chords, some special voicings, improv tricks, stylistic considerations and the trouble-shooting of faulty chord symbols.)
1) The I MA13(#11) chord in Major
2) The ii mi13 chord in Major
3) The V 13 chord in Major
4) "ii-V-I: What is chordal function, REALLY?"
5) The i mi MA 13 chord in minor
6) The ii mi7 (b5) in minor
7) The IV 13(#11) chord in minor
8) The V13(b9) in Major and in minor
9) The V7(b9 b13) in minor
10) The altered dominant / tri-tone subs
11) The so-called diminished structure and the 8-note dominant scale
12) The V9 (b13) in Major and in minor
1) Basics of time signatures
3) Rhythmic sightreading
4) recommendations on how to become fluent in Rhythm
5) Metronome practice techniques
6) Klaves! They're everywhere!
D) COMPOSING AND ARRANGING
1) The Score
2) The 'Envelope'
3) Thematic development
4) The Arranger's toolbox (entrances, harmonizing the melody, obligato, ostinato, pedals, counter-melody, thumb lines, bass line 101, master rhythm charts, etc.)
5) Stylistic considerations to applying the 11 chords in arrangement
6) Special harmonic techniques---12-tone, reharmonization, parallel, etc.
7) Stylistic considerations of applying Rhythm to arrangement
1) Introduction to the instrument families
2) The woodwinds
3) The strings
4) The brass section
5) Mallets, percussion and rhythm section
6) developing an 'orchestral ear'
1 through 11) An in-depth look, chord-by-chord, at negotiating the 11 harmonic structures through improv
12) Superimposing tonalities; polychords
13) Composing a solo; more on the 'envelope'
G) PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF PLAYING GUITAR
1) Litany on motor skill development; building motor engrams; exercises for building independence, synchronization, speed & accuracy
2) Tuning; string winding / headstock 101; instrument care and feeding
3) Care and feeding of the forearm flexor / extensor muscle / tendon / ligament machinery
H) TIPS ON APPLYING GUITAR IN THE WORKPLACE
1) Understanding your function
2) Studio protocol / stage protocol
3) Tracking Guitar---the basic track, overdubs, obligatos, ostinatos, the fill track, the solo track, the acoustic track, engineer psychology 101, producer psychology, FX theory
I) PLAYING DIFFERENT STYLES ON GUITAR:
2) Straight-ahead Jazz
6) AAA (that 'polished' sound)
7) Hard Rock
8) Old school rock
9) Psychedelic tricks
10) Finger-style / Travis Fingerpicking
12) Scatting / singing harmony with your guitar
1) Listening and responding to the music around you
2) Ear training tips
3) More polyrhythms
4) The science---and love---of stupid, inane parts we must play
5) Bandleader psychology
6) Audition strategies
7) Packaging yourself