Masterful Melodies

Live Guitar Course: Understanding the Mechanics of Phrasing

One of the main dividing lines between good and great players is a strong understanding of the concept of phrasing. Phrasing generally means grasping how melody works with harmony to create emotion using nothing more than an instrument. In this 10-week course we study the core concepts that are critical to finding your melodic voice on your instrument. Featuring 10 killer backing tracks, we will give you all the pieces necessary to begin crafting beautiful melodies, solos, lead parts and bass lines, no matter your current skill level. This course is perfect for both bass and guitar players.

Masterful Melodies

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Masterful Melodies Guitar Course

About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week.

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Download guided practice videos to accompany your practice routine. Keep them for life regardless of your membership status. Just a simple, effective and purpose-driven way to learn the material.

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In 2016 and 2017, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams!

Tabs & Tracks

Each live course is equipped with full tablature and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even provide homework on how to improve and look forward to the next week.

Interact Live

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with David and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

Date Topic

Week 1

03/11/2019 at 8pm

Starting Simple

We begin the course with a series of melodic exercises using only the major pentatonic scale. This week will start off fast, immediately immersing you in fun playing.

Week 2

03/18/2019 at 8pm

Moderiffic

We expand on Week 1 by learning the modes, and also begin to discuss passing tones in a melodic context.

Week 3

03/25/2019 at 8pm

Walking Around in Circles

We take a step further beyond the modes with melody ideas built around the circle of 5ths, continuing the usage of passing tones.

Week 4

04/01/2019 at 8pm

Modal Madness I - Mixolydian

We learn some melodic ideas centered around the dominant, or mixolydian, scale.

Week 5

04/08/2019 at 8pm

Modal Madness II - Aeolian

Continuing the theme of modes, we learn several useful melodic phrases over the natural minor/aeolian scale.

Week 6

04/15/2019 at 8pm

Modal Madness III - Dorian

Changing just one note in our minor scale gives us the alluring Dorian minor. We explore it with several melodic ideas.

Week 7

04/22/2019 at 8pm

Modal Madness IV - Lydian

We round out our study of the modes with an analysis of the Lydian scale. We also discuss chord extensions.

Week 8

04/29/2019 at 8pm

Vocalize It

Having now learned a variety of basic phrases using common modes/scales, we begin to apply our understanding of scales and passing tones to a common phrasing technique: vocalization.

Week 9

05/06/2019 at 8pm

Chromeleon

What about the notes in between the scale degrees? We learn how to spice up licks, riffs and basslines with simple chromatic passing tones.

Week 10

05/13/2019 at 8pm

Off the Wagon

We finish our live course with a discussion about changing key centers, and techniques for dealing with unusual changes.

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