Guitar Lessons — TMC Curriculum Level 3

Technical Development - The Art of Technical Development

Continue to develop the technical ability to express your musical ideas and expand your creativity. Gain greater control, accuracy, and reach by understanding body choreography and the use of flexor, extensor, abductor and adductor muscles. Learn how to establish hand positions that facilitate ease of movement and accurate execution. Learn the thought processes and attitudes that lead to joy and satisfaction while continuing to explore your technical abilities. Technical development strategies can include scale and arpeggio studies, fingerboard agility and coordination exercises and exercise development from difficult music passages.


Left Hand technique

  • Developing control, accuracy and the understanding of effective hand positions
  • Understanding Hand Positions through body choreography
  • Properly supporting your guitar for hand, arm and body alignment

Right Hand technique

  • Control, accuracy and proper use of the pick
  • Control, accuracy and proper use of fingers and fingernails

Practice – The Joy of Effective Practice

Learn to use the techniques and tools of efficient and effective practice to achieve your desired musical goals. Gain greater results from your practice while learning to enjoy every aspect of your invested time and energy. Accomplish more in less time.

  • Practice naturally – play what you like
  • Goals – Target goals and the value of process goals
  • Custom designed practice schedules – Practice schedules designed to help you reach for your specific playing goals
  • Advanced Practice Strategies and Techniques – Learn the processes and disciplines to overcome technical difficulties
  • Advanced use of Tools - Metronome, Graphs and time charts. Use scientific methods to clearly see progress and reach milestones

The Fingerboard – The Satisfaction of Knowing the Fingerboard

As an advancing guitar player, one of the most important elements in understanding your instrument is knowing every note, it’s pitch and location on the fingerboard. Many players are frustrated because they are not confident in understanding the notes and layout of the fingerboard while at the same time believing it is an overwhelming task to understand it. The opposite is true. The process of understanding the fingerboard is generally so simple that it is simply overlooked.

  • Easily and effectively learn every note on the fingerboard by simple step by step processes
  • Learn to easily locate every unison pitch on the fingerboard
  • Learn the fingerboard vertically and horizontally
  • Learn how to “see” the fingerboard and how to use it for understanding music theory
  • Learn to construct scales on the fingerboard
  • Quickly and easily locate the root note for any scale and arpeggio
  • Instantly recognize intervals, their patterns and shifting patterns across the fingerboard
  • Begin opening the entire fingerboard by learning first position

Guitar Fingerboard Harmony

Continue to expand your knowledge of the fingerboard through the use of basic major, minor and dominate chord shapes. You can quickly learn to recognize new chord shapes and the inversions contained within them and add them to your daily playing. Learn to play and understand the relationships between chords both horizontally and vertically on the fingerboard. These chords and their inversions also form a great foundation for exploring a great variety of arpeggios.

  • Major and minor triads and their inversions in harmonized scales and progressions
  • Six, five, and four string major and minor chords and their inversions
  • Extended Major, Minor and Dominate chords and their inversions
  • Open voiced chords

Music Theory

Expand your knowledge base of music theory and its application to the guitar. Increase you creativity and confidence by having greater command of your art form.

  • Keys, Scales, and Scale Construction
  • Modes generated by major and minor scales
  • Intervals – major, minor, perfect, augmented and diminished
  • Triads – Chord construction
  • Extended Chords
  • Major and Minor chords, Inversions, Extended chords, Polytonal chords, Augmented and Diminished chords
  • Closed and Open voiced chords
  • Melody – scales, rhythm, phrasing
  • Chord Progressions - Learning how to analyze, write and play chord progressions
  • Song structure analysis - Analysis of music from the masters and your favorite writers and players
  • Fingerboard Harmony – chords, inversions and how they apply to the fingerboard


Can learning and practicing scales be enjoyable? Absolutely! Knowing how to approach scales and how to use them can be a very rewarding experience. The process can stimulate more musical ideas and broaden your creative resources as well as improve your overall knowledge of the fingerboard. Scales are the foundation of music and generate an almost infinite source of melody, harmony and chords. Exploring scales can also inspire new creative ideas in your improvisation and music development. Scales are great for technical development and are beneficial for evaluating your technical and musical progress.

  • Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Blues Scales
  • Major Scales
  • Minor Scales
  • Pure Minor Scales, Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales, Jazz minor scales
  • Modes
  • Boxed/caged system, 3 notes per string concept and single string scales
  • Chromatic scales
  • Whole tone scales
  • Diminished scales
  • Exotic Scales
  • Modes
  • Intervals
  • Arpeggios
  • Chords that are generated by scales and modes

Genre Specific Guitar Methods

Learn how to play your favorite style of music. Explore other styles of music you may be unfamiliar with or experiment to expand your playing vocabulary. A variety of methods are available to appropriately match the learning style, ability, skill and interest of each student. Music rudiments, note and rhythmic values and note reading are covered in the beginning of each level 1 method. Initially simple chords are covered and gradually move on to full chords. Theory is introduced as skill levels increase. Most methods generally progress smoothly to increasing skill levels and include songs, solos, duets and technical exercises.

  • Classic Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Rock Guitar
  • Metal/Thrash Guitar
  • Electric Blues Guitar
  • Acoustic Blues Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Folk Guitar
  • Country
  • A variety of other methods are available such as Bluegrass, Gospel, Celtic, etc.
  • Theory workbooks

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