Concepts Covered in the Performance Workshop

Concepts Covered as of 2/21/17


  1. The Fundamentals Of Music Notation: Ornamintations 6/14/16


  1. Legato: Exercises #4 - 6 6/7/16

Ear Training

  1. Singing the major: Ionian, The Major Pentatonic & Major triad and 7th chord arpeggios 12/2/14

  1. Recognizing & singing major modes: Ionian, Lydian & Mixolydian 3/18/14

  1. Ionian(Maj): Singing Mode, Pentatonic, Intervals, Arpeggios 4/19/13

Aoelian(Min): Singing Mode, Pentatonic, Intervals, Arpeggios 3/13/12

Lydian: Singing Mode, Intervals 3/19/13

Mixolydian: Singing Mode, Intervals, Arpeggios 3/19/13

  1. Dorian: Singing Mode, Intervals & Arpeggios 3/5/13

  1. Phrygian: Singing Mode, Intervals & Arpeggios, Characteristic Interval  1/17/12

  1. Work on singing three part harmonies 1/8/13

Rhythm Guitar

  1. Comping in a minor blues “Equinox”  2/21/17

  1. Adding a diminished chord to bar 6 of a 12 bar blues 7/22/14

  1. Two chorus’s of a Dominant Blues. Approaching each chord in the turnaround by moving the bass 1/2 steps from a whole step below or above. 5/27/14

  1. Approaching chords by 1/2 steps in the turnaround. 6/17/14

  1. Turnarounds intros & endings for a 12 bar blues. 12/18/13

  1. Moving I chord up 1/2 step for last two beats of bar 3, Adding a dim7 two bar 6 of a blues & changing voicing of chord beat 1 and 2 and beat 3 and 4 of bar 8  11/29/13

  1. Playing a minor blues with Dominant V chord 10/1/13

  1. Beat two of bar move chord you’re on down 1/2 step in Jazz blues 7/9/13

  1. Approaching chords by 1/2 step below on a Jazz blues(Shape I & II) 5/28/13

  1. Work on playing simple Jazz Blues in two positions on neck (Shape I & II) 4/2/13

  1. Play one chordal or single note phrase over 12 bar blues 5/8/12

  1. The Jazz Blues chord progression was discussed 12/4/12

  1. Play a I IV V chord vamp in three different areas of the neck.  9/25/12

  1. Using I IV V over a Static Groove 5/8/12

•Dominant Blue Variations #1 - 3

•I IV V Shape I & II (Simple Dom7 chords)

  1. I IV V Shape I & II (Extended Dominant chords) 1/3/12

  1. Dominant & minor blues with a bVI (Tritone Sub of ii )chord 3/13/12

  1. Approaching chords by ½ above on beat 4 of a 12 bar blues.

  1. Playing chord 1/2 step below on beat tow and approaching

   chord of next measure by ½ above on beat 4 of a 12 bar blues. 1/31/12

Soloing Concepts

  1. Dom7 Arpeggios: Connecting sliding Dom7 with top three string Dom7 arpeggio shapes 5/5/15

  1. Aeolian Mode: Two string movable fingering one minor chord.

  1. Minor Triad Arpeggio: Playing over each chord of a minor blues using the minor arpeggio from root of each chord 4/28/14

  1. Mixolydian Scale: Playing over each chord of a blues using the Mixolydian scale from root of each chord 2/4/14

  1. Maj Triad Arpeggio: Playing over each chord of a blues using  the major triad to target chord tones  1/21/14

  1. Using a Maj 3rd: Creating licks, phrases and scales by seeing the

      Maj 3rd.  12/10/13

  1. Soloing over minor blues highlighting chords: Used arpeggios and pentatonic scales to highlight chord tones. 10/1/13

  1. Soloing over minor blues (Equinox): Using minor Pentatonic up 4th to state IV chord and b6 Dominant chord.

  1. Highlighting chord tones in your solo: Used pentatonics to highlight

   chord tones over I to IV chord vamp in position 1/8/13

  1. Soloing over “So What” Form: Using Pentatonic moving up ½ step for second chord. Adding in natural 6th to pentatonic and using Dorian.

  1. Soloing over a Phrygian vamp: Using a major Pentatonic a 1/2 step higher then the root. 1/17/12

Fingerstyle Guitar

  1. Arpeggio exercises: #10 10/9/12

  1. Arpeggio exercises: #9 7/31/12

  1. Arpeggio exercises: #1 - 3 2/14/12

  1. Arpeggio sequences:#4 - 6 2/14/12

  1. Arpeggio sequences: #7 3/27/12

  1. Travis Picking: #8 3/27/12

The performance workshops have covered a wide scope of material since we began over a year ago. Below is a list outlining many of the concepts we covered. It is by no means inclusive of everything we worked on but it gives you an overview of the type of material we focus on. Like the song list, the red date indicates the workshop we last covered the concept. (I only recently started noting dates and can’t be sure when all concepts were introduced.)