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 2, and the other levels are currently 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 audio and video backing tracks for you to apply your learnings over. Did I mention all this content is yours forever?
The Whole Tone Scale is a WEIRD sounding scale by itself, but when blended with other scales like the Pentatonic Scale or the Blues Scale, you can achieve some extremely cool results. Refer to The Whole Tone Scale PDF for visual aid.
The Whole Tone Scale diagram for visual aid.
Play the G Whole Tone Scale at 60bpm, 16th notes
The Melodic Minor Scale is your first step into the world of the advanced guitarist, because it challenges your ear to absorb sound in a way that is probably not familiar to you. With just one note differentiating the Melodic Minor Scale from the Major Scale, you'll expand your pallet of musical exploration exponentially.
The Melodic Minor Scale Modes diagrams for visual aid.
The Melodic Minor Scale Modes in 3 notes per string format.
Play all seven modes of the Melodic Minor Scale at 60bpm, 16th notes
Intervals in music are an essential foundation for understanding how to use various modal scales to your advantage. Knowing certain intervals can make certain sounds when played over certain chords will allow you to see the fretboard in a whole new way.
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 establish a Home Riff over the G Ionian b3 Mode, which I as a home base to return to between other melodic ideas.
Use the G Melodic Minor Scale over this backing track. Try to find collections of notes to form your own Home Riffs and build your own solos.
Watch the screen turn red each time I implement a Whole Tone Scale riff into an otherwise "normal" sounding blues improvisation. The takeaway here is that a little bit of the Whole Tone Scale goes a long way.
While this is a C Major Blues, you can use the C Whole Tone Scale over turnaround changes to build tension. Just be sure to resolve your ideas on a diatonic note, like a C, F, or G.
Triads are essential tools for your guitar playing arsenal, and we're going to expand on the foundation we built in Guitar Super System Level 1 to show you just how much you can get out of various Triad shapes.
Triad shapes on all string sets for visual aid.
Each string set contains different triadic shapes, and by learning these shapes you will unlock the fretboard in a way most guitarists never will.
Being able to recall and identify Triads on any string set and from any inversion is an important exercise to do if you want to implement Triads in your improvisation.
Watch as I show you how I like to outline different Triad shapes to build solos.
Use the graphics to anticipate which Triad will be coming next so you can get in position to play different inversions over these chords. You can start with just playing root position Triads on one string set, then move to root position on all string sets. From there, try throwing in different inversions, and combining melodic ideas in between triadic shapes.
The audio version of the Triad practice track.
These four part chords are going to test your dexterity as well as help you understand the theory of intervals we've focused on throughout this course.
Four Part Chord diagrams for visual aid.
Some of these new chords are difficult to finger, so here are the best ways to play them.
While these chords sound a bit strange, being able to move quickly from one to the next is going to greatly improve your flexibility, mental stamina, and your ear.
Arpeggios are always fun to play, and we will dive into both Triad and Four Part Arpeggios in this section.
Triad Arpeggio shapes for visual aid.
Four Part Arpeggio shapes for visual aid.
Play two-octave Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented Triad Arpeggios from the root at 60bpm, 8th notes
Play six new one-octave Four Part Arpeggios from the root at 60bpm, 8th notes
Listen to ways I use Arpeggio shapes to outline the different chords in this progression. Notice how I don't simply play each shape note for note over each chord, but instead pick out the ones that I think highlight the most color while throwing in some non-arpeggiated melodic ideas to connect the dots.
Use your new Arpeggio shapes over this track to practice your own improvised soloing. You can use Triad Arpeggios depending on the tonality (major, minor, augmented, diminished) of the chord, and it is best to start with playing the shapes verbatim to begin with. Once you're comfortable switching through the changes, you can then start to add your own riffs and licks, and try different arpeggiated patterns that stray from the diagrams.
The audio version of the Arpeggio backing track.
Nobody can teach you to sight read other than yourself, but here are a couple of books I recommend to make your life easier.
You made it through Guitar Super System Level 2! Great work. Most Guitar Players will never have the knowledge you now possess. Keep practicing, and stay on the lookout for Guitar Super System Level 3. You can stay up to date by visiting musiciswin.com/guitarsupersystem and signing up for the mailing list.
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.