– A good technique is essential if a more efficient and accurate execution of musical ideas is the aim. Musicians will be taken through a logical technical study path in order to facilitate better technique. Areas such
as scale knowledge, right and left hand technique, rhythm playing, picking styles, the CAGED chord system, and modes, will all be addressed.
Session Styles –
This module is a study of the sounds and styles of some of the world’s most influential guitarists. Artists such as Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, The Edge,
John Frusciante and Jimmy Page are all examined in order to broaden the range of the student’s stylistic knowledge.
This module encourages the preparation of songs to the standard of a professional band/artist, teaching students how to deconstruct a part and prepare it for the LPW class. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all
be analysed and worked on, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard, and attention to detail being paramount.
Live Performance Workshop (LPW) – This module is about making the songs studied in Pre-Production work in a live setting. Students learn to communicate ideas with other musicians and the audience, with the focus on a tight, well-arranged
and professional performance.
Aural Perception and Ear Training –
This module is all about sharpening the ear for in-depth song analysis using specific listening skills, music notation techniques, music theory, bars and beats charts, song road maps, etc. If students
are serious about improving as musicians, then rounded development of these skills is essential.
Music Theory –
This module takes a comprehensive look at music theory and the practical application of theoretical concepts essential for any instrumentalist wanting to understand the language of music.
– This module is about gaining practical music industry knowledge that will help students to plan their careers. Musicians will be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management,
music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music, and business plans, etc.
Music in Context –
Learn the history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. Artists studied include Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin
Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Nirvana and Radiohead. An understanding of this essential stylistic knowledge will help to develop authenticity in performance.
Performance Preparation –
This module involves planning for key performances at a local and national level. Topics studied include: rehearsal technique, promotion, marketing, leadership, venues and promoters, tour management, stage management,
Research and Investigation
– This module offers the chance to undertake an in-depth practical investigation into a particular area of interest within the industry, whilst facilitating the development of academic study skills.