Intermediate Foundation (Grade 4)
Last year was all about updating and improving the Beginner Course, this year is all about the Intermediate modules - and man have I got some awesome stuff in store for you :) It's a massive project and will take most of the year but I am working hard on the updated Grade 4 material first - will be a series of modules and there will be lessons plans to work through each module with a set holistic practice routine (like the beginner course) but also pathway for those that have some experience but want to work through a particular subject without doing the whole thing. I'm super excited! Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter to get all the latest. It's all happening!
The update will have six essential modules; Chord Study, Technique, Rhythm Maestro, Major Scale Meastro, Groove Study and Transcribing. There will be further optional (but recommended) modules on Blues Lead, Rock Rhythm, Acoustic Explorer, Songwriting/Production and Tone Quests (might end up adding more - or changing this a bit!).
As of March 2021, I have the 'scripts' done for over half the G4 modules, so I'm in busy production mode trying to get everything filmed, edited, written and live! I'm going as fast as I can - but remember that donations allow me to hire more people in to help and more stuff gets done, faster! :)
The "Classic Foundation" (released 2010!)
The idea here is that you complete the five "Foundation" stages which will give you all the basic techniques and skills you need to start work on the Style Modules, where you will put all those skills into practice! The reason being that I guess everybody wants to start working on different things at this level, not everyone wants to do jazz or thrash metal! So this way, you get the skillset and then apply it to styles you like.
Many of the lessons here are things that are already around the site but I know many of you struggle with getting the order right (and I would have too!!) the big deal here is giving you some structure to the huge amount of things there are to learn on our beautiful instruments!
Intermediate Foundation 1
In this first stage of the Intermediate Foundation, we are looking at many of the concepts that we will be exploring through the other stages as we continue, Barre chords, 16th note rhythms, The Major Scale, Notes on the fingerboard - all sorts of interesting stuff. You should find these Intermediate Foundation stages take a little longer than the beginner ones did. There is more to do and many of the things will take longer to explore properly. Take your time and do it well - there is no hurry here! Hope you enjoy it!
Intermediate Foundation 1
In this first stage of the Foundation we are looking at many of the concepts that we will be exploring through the other stages as we continue, Barre chords, 16th note...
Intermediate Foundation 2
This stage we are looking to consolidate the E Shape Barre by learning a couple of extended shapes, looking at basic Improvisation techniques for the Major Scale. We're also looking at playing scales with a metronome, how to and why. We continue looking at 16th note rhythms with a look at accenting notes and get stuck into some basic note reading in the open position. Then there are some songs and transcribing and ear training to do. As before, lots to do, so go get stuck in!