Guitar Super System Level 1

Learn concepts extracted directly from Berklee College of Music, presented in an interactive, effective, and fun way!
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  • Lectures 94
  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

In one sentence, what is Guitar Super System?

Guitar Super System is the final destination for those on a quest for infinite guitar knowledge, featuring eight comprehensive levels of literally everything you can know about the guitar.

Why should you listen to me?

I spent four years learning from the absolute best guitar players and teachers IN THE WORLD at the world renowned Berklee College of Music, featuring prestigious alumni like Steve Vai, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Al Di Meola, and even John Mayer. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2011, and have taught hundreds of students since.

That's great, but what does that mean for me?

I realized not everyone has the opportunity or the money to attend one of the most expensive institutions on the planet. With that in mind, I've taken everything from the Berklee guitar handbook and crafted it into easy-to-follow video lessons. The average four year tuition to acquire this information is in the $200,000 range. Guitar Super System is your 99% discount on that ludicrous amount, and it will be yours forever.

Why shouldn't I take another course or just watch free YouTube lessons?

The reason has two parts: 1) your time is valuable, and 2) my instruction is based on the most successful and credible system there is. Other courses may have certain great information or certain great guitar players, but they also may not. On top of that risk, the structure of every Guitar Super System course is in place to optimize your learning and understanding. The right information presented in the correct way in the proper context. Don't waste time sifting through lessons that may not be teaching you the right way -- Guitar Super System has you covered.

I think I'm sold! You mentioned there are 8 levels, though. What's that all about?

In order to convey all the information in a digestible format, Guitar Super System is broken into eight levels. Essentially, each level is one semester of information from Berklee. Some people will never want to learn all eight levels of information, which is why the course is broken up in this way. After each completed course, you can gauge if you'd like to move on to the next level or if you've achieved what you sought out to do. This particular course is Guitar Super System Level 1, and Level 2 has just been released as of November 2015. Future levels are in production.

I like that freedom. Can you give me some specifics?

Guitar Super System includes relevant PDF attachments to nearly every lesson, so you can follow along with no problems. It's also recommended that you print out most of the attachments, so you might use them for practice outside the videos. In each Section, new concepts are introduced, accompanied by Berklee-standard play-through examples. You'll be testing your knowledge with real exercises used by the most prominent minds in music. Also included are professional quality downloadable backing tracks for you to apply your learnings over.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a guitar, preferably electric
  • It is recommended but not required to know the names of the notes on the guitar neck
  • You should know how to read tablature, but knowledge of standard music notation is not required
  • You should be able to practice with a metronome and understand basic musical terms such as "sixteenth note", "eighth note", "pull-off" and "hammer-on"

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play all seven modes of the Major Scale in any key
  • Use the Major Scale to improvise your own solos
  • Understand music theory behind the Major Scale
  • Understand the construction of different key signatures in written music
  • Construct and recall closed position Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads in all keys and inversions on one string set
  • Play and recall multiple versions of the most popular chord forms in written music
  • Play one-octave Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triad Arpeggios in all keys and inversions
  • Play one-octave Four Part Arpeggios of the most essential varieties
  • Use all learned knowledge to apply to real-world guitar playing, including songwriting, live band collaboration, improvisation, studio performance, and more

What is the target audience?

  • Those who want to learn how to improvise using their ear and music theory
  • Those who may be great players by ear, but want to know more about music theory
  • Those who hope to pursue a career in guitar performance or songwriting
  • Those striving toward higher education in music, either in high school or college
  • Do not take this course if you're unwilling to practice, or if you're a complete beginner

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:44
  • Before taking this course, knowledge of the notes on the guitar neck and the ability to read tablature is a bonus.
Notes of the Neck
1 page
03:05

In case you need a refresher on reading tablature, check this out!

Section 2: Scales
02:02

Learn the Chromatic Scale and how awesome it sounds... just kidding. Relevant to you, though, still!

G Chromatic Scale
1 page
00:47

Play the G Chromatic Scale at 60bpm, 16th notes

03:03

Understand the Major Scale and its seven lovely Modes. All our examples are in G Major, but once you learn these modes you will be able to apply them to any key you want!

Major Scale Modes - Three Notes Per String
1 page
02:34

A bonus lesson for those of you hungry to learn more about the written music behind the tablature. Learn about the Circle of Fifths and how to identify the amount of sharp or flat notes in any key.

Circle of Fifths
1 page
09:37

Unlock the code to playing three note per string scales using easy-to-remember patterns. It will take a bit of getting used to, but once you have this concept down, you will be able to play the Major Scale in any key. Be sure to download and, if you can, print the attachment to this lecture.

Three Notes Per String Theory
1 page
03:22

Play all seven Modes of the G Major Scale at 60bpm, 16th notes.

02:42

A "Home Riff" is a term I use to describe a riff you can use in any key, as long as you know what Mode you're playing in. In this example, I give you a Home Riff for G Aeolian, which would work over B Aeolian, C# Aeolian, etc...

G Aeolian Backing Track
04:16
01:30

Another Home Riff, this time derived from the Dorian Mode

E Dorian Backing Track
02:37
Section 3: Triads and Four Part Chords
05:02

An often overlooked piece of awesomeness by many guitar players, Triads will take your playing to the next level. Learn how to construct a Major Triad and its inversions, plus how to apply these shapes to your playing over chord changes as well as improvising.

03:46

There was a bit of confusion about the terminology and construction of the Triads PDF, so here is how you should use it to learn your triad shapes!

Major Triad Inversions
1 page
00:29

Play each inversion of a Major Triad, starting from root position, quarter notes at 60bpm.

04:13

Learn what makes a Minor Triad different from a Major Triad. Here's a hint -- flat the third!

Minor Triad Inversions
1 page
00:29

Play each inversion of a Minor Triad, starting from root position, quarter notes at 60bpm.

01:58

Learn to construct the very mysterious sounding Augmented Triad. The great thing is, these shapes remain the same all the way up the neck, so you only have to learn it once!

Augmented Triad Inversions
1 page
00:30

Play each inversion of an Augmented Triad, starting from root position, quarter notes at 60bpm.

02:40

Learn about the ominous sounding Diminished Triad and its inversions. It might sound strange by itself, but these Triads build unique tension in your playing when used correctly.

Diminished Triad Inversions
1 page
00:30

Play each inversion of a Diminished Triad, starting from root position, quarter notes at 60bpm.

02:13

Hear how I like to use Triads in a short improvisation. Download the backing track to try it yourself, too! Use D Minor triads over the D Minor Chord, Bb Major Triads over the Bb Major Chord, and C Major Triads over the C Major Chord. You can also use your Major Scale Modes! This track is derived from the key of F Major, so you can use any Modes in that key. D Aeolian would work great over this track.

D Aeolian Backing Track
02:37
02:36

Learn to make those strange sounding Augmented and Diminished Triads spice up an otherwise typical blues track. Be sure to download this track and use Bb Major, Eb Major, and F Major Triads over their respective chords. You can use F Augmented and F Diminished Triads over the F Major Chord as well. This track is derived from the key of Eb Major, so you can use modes like Eb Ionian, F Dorian, etc., but I prefer Bb Mixolydian for this track.

Bb Mixolydian Backing Track
02:15
00:39

Learn two versions of 14 different chords that will lay the foundation for the many chords we'll learn in the next levels of Guitar Super System. Be sure to download the Chord Progressions attachment to play these chords in rhythm and hear how awesome they sound!

Chords List
2 pages
09:25

Refer to the Chords List to practice with. I recommend printing it out to have with you any time you play your guitar, as these chords are great to inspire songwriters and improvisers alike.

Section 4: Arpeggios
01:12

Understand Arpeggios and how they differ from other concepts you've already learned. Deriving the tastiest, most colorful notes from Chords and Triads allows Arpeggios to sound super cool and add dynamic sound to your playing.

2 pages

Download this attachment for reference regarding Lectures 38-41.

01:05

Play One-Octave Major Triad Arpeggios from the Root, Third, and Fifth at 60bpm, eighth notes. In addition to this video, you can use the Closed Triad Inversions attachment to practice these inversions on your own starting from different positions in different keys.

01:06

Play One-Octave Minor Triad Arpeggios from the Root, Third, and Fifth at 60bpm, eighth notes. In addition to this video, you can use the Closed Triad Inversions attachment to practice these inversions on your own starting from different positions in different keys.

01:05

Play One-Octave Augmented Triad Arpeggios from the Root, Third, and Fifth at 60bpm, eighth notes. In addition to this video, you can use the Closed Triad Inversions attachment to practice these inversions on your own starting from different positions in different keys.

01:06

Play One-Octave Diminished Major Triad Arpeggios from the Root, Third, and Fifth at 60bpm, eighth notes. In addition to this video, you can use the Closed Triad Inversions attachment to practice these inversions on your own starting from different positions in different keys.

Four Part Arpeggio Shapes
2 pages
03:25

Play seven different One-Octave Arpeggios from Root position at 60bpm, eighth notes.

Section 5: Quick Tips to Apply What You've Learned
05:03

Learn how to change your way of thinking over standard blues progressions.

04:14

This lesson will show you ways to substitute triads in place of standard chords.

04:50

Here are some tips on evoking the dreamy qualities of the Lydian mode.

How to Attack Aeolian
09:44
04:45

These are a few overarching techniques that you can apply to be more expressive with your playing.

06:21

Explore the versatility of triads in the Hendrix-style approach.

05:16

Sometimes, inspiration from a song can be found in more places than just the melody or harmony.

The Half-Step Slide
01:35
05:33

These special chord forms will expand your sound.

08:05

These chords will inspire new sounds in your head.

04:40

This is a tutorial on using the Reading Studies for Guitar book to learn how to sight read.

Section 6: Extras!
How to Decipher Chord Symbols
1 page
Bluebird
1 page
Blowing Changes
1 page
Blues Backstage
1 page
Buzzy
1 page
Bud's Blues
1 page
Times Lie
1 page
Squirrel
1 page
H&H
1 page
C Aeolian Improvisation Example
00:43
C Aeolian Backing Track
03:37
C Lydian or E Aeolian Improvisation Example
01:16
C Lydian or E Aeolian Backing Track
02:39
Section 7: More Extras!
Learning How to Sight Read
02:04
Scales in all keys - Open (1st) Position
1 page
Scales in all keys - Open (1st) Position continued
1 page
Bb Sight Reading Example 1
1 page
Bb Sight Reading Example 2
1 page
Bb Sight Reading Example 3
1 page
Bb Sight Reading Example 4
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 1
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 2
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 3
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 4
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 5
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 6
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 7
1 page
C Sight Reading Example 8
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 1
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 2
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 3
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 4
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 5
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 6
1 page
G Sight Reading Example 7
1 page
Melodic Rhythms Example 1
1 page
Melodic Rhythms Example 2
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Tyler Larson, Founder of Music is Win

Tyler Larson (born May 30, 1989) is a musician of many influences. With over fifteen years experience playing the guitar, Tyler has appeared on several studio albums, performed with many diverse artists, and studied with some of the most renowned guitarists on the planet, including Joe Stump, Dave Fiuczynski, Tomo Fujita, Dave Tronzo, Jon Finn, and others.

After earning his B.M. Degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music, which includes alumni such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Al Di Meola, and Pat Metheny, among others, Tyler began his career as a professional musician, and in 2015 Tyler founded a website called Music is Win which has become a rising force in the entertainment and music space, with his videos amassing tens of millions of views to date.

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