Guitar Super System Level 2
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Guitar Super System Level 2

The second level of the all-inclusive guide to guitar mastery, featuring world class instruction and videography.
4.7 (86 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,033 students enrolled
Created by Tyler Larson
Last updated 12/2015
English
Current price: $40 Original price: $50 Discount: 20% off
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 15 mins on-demand audio
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play all seven modes of the Melodic Minor Scale in any key
  • Use the Melodic Minor Scale to improvise your own solos
  • Use the Whole Tone Scale to improvise over blues progressions
  • Understand music theory of intervals in scales
  • Be able to identify triads on the guitar neck in any key and inversion
  • Construct and recall closed position Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads in all keys and inversions on all string sets
  • Play and build advanced chord forms
  • Understand upper note extensions in chords and scales
  • Play two-octave Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triad Arpeggios in all keys from root position
  • Play and implement advanced one-octave Four Part Arpeggios
  • Use all learned knowledge to apply to real-world guitar playing, including songwriting, live band collaboration, improvisation, studio performance, and more
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Requirements
  • It is highly recommended to take Guitar Super System Level 1
  • You will need a guitar, preferably electric
  • You will need 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"
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 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?

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who want to learn how to improvise using their ear and music theory
  • Those who understand basic music theory, but want to become more proficient
  • 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. If you are a beginner, take The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 01:28:07
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:33
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Scales
12 Lectures 23:03

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.

Preview 01:57

The Whole Tone Scale diagram for visual aid.

The Whole Tone Scale PDF
1 page

Play the G Whole Tone Scale at 60bpm, 16th notes

Preview 00:25

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.

Preview 03:12

The Melodic Minor Scale Modes diagrams for visual aid.

Melodic Minor Scale Modes PDF
1 page

The Melodic Minor Scale Modes in 3 notes per string format.

Melodic Minor Scale Modes (3 Notes Per String) PDF
1 page

Play all seven modes of the Melodic Minor Scale at 60bpm, 16th notes

Preview 03:12

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.

Bonus Lesson: Intervals
04:54

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.

Melodic Minor Scale "Home Riffs"
01:28

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.

Melodic Minor Home Riffs Audio Backing Track
04:18

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.

Demonstration: Tension and Release Using the Whole Tone Scale
01:47

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.

Whole Tone Scale Audio Backing Track
01:50
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Triads
7 Lectures 20:03

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 Explanation
01:57

Triad shapes on all string sets for visual aid.

Closed Position Triad Inversions PDF
4 pages

Each string set contains different triadic shapes, and by learning these shapes you will unlock the fretboard in a way most guitarists never will.

String Sets
03:54

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.

Any Inversion
03:54

Watch as I show you how I like to outline different Triad shapes to build solos.

Demonstration: Using Triads as a Framework for Solos
01:42

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.

Triad Video Backing Track
04:18

The audio version of the Triad practice track.

Triad Audio Backing Track
04:18
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Four Part Chords
4 Lectures 10:19

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 Chords Explanation
01:53

Four Part Chord diagrams for visual aid.

Four Part Chords PDF
2 pages

Some of these new chords are difficult to finger, so here are the best ways to play them.

Four Part Chord Finger Positioning
04:59

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.

TEST YOURSELF: Four Part Chord Sight Reading
03:27
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Arpeggios
8 Lectures 16:33

Arpeggios are always fun to play, and we will dive into both Triad and Four Part Arpeggios in this section.

Arpeggios Explanation
02:14

Triad Arpeggio shapes for visual aid.

Triad Arpeggio Positions PDF
2 pages

Four Part Arpeggio shapes for visual aid.

Four Part Arpeggios Positions PDF
2 pages

Play two-octave Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented Triad Arpeggios from the root at 60bpm, 8th notes

TEST YOURSELF: Triad Arpeggio Playing Examples
01:44

Play six new one-octave Four Part Arpeggios from the root at 60bpm, 8th notes

TEST YOURSELF: Four Part Arpeggio Playing Examples
02:44

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.

Demonstration: Using Arpeggios Over Chord Changes
01:13

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.

Arpeggio Video Backing Track
04:18

The audio version of the Arpeggio backing track.

Arpeggio Audio Backing Track
04:20
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Extras
2 Lectures 03:36

Nobody can teach you to sight read other than yourself, but here are a couple of books I recommend to make your life easier.

Sight Reading!
02:13

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.

Guitar Super System Level 3 and Beyond!
01:23
About the Instructor
Tyler Larson
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10,564 Students
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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 brand 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 and his audience rising to hundreds of thousands of subscribers across social media.

Tyler has received endorsements from PRS Guitars, Peavey Electronics, Universal Audio, Wampler Pedals, ZAOR Studio Furniture, Source Audio, Empress Effects, MONO Cases, Bugera, and many other esteemed companies.