Perhaps no other instrument in the last five decades has been able to capture the imagination of popular culture and music in the way the guitar has. It’s ability to encompass and animate almost every style of popular musical expression from the lilting romantic ballad, to the dark, angst-driven metal riff, makes the guitar a vital component in almost all forms of contemporary music. Intrinsic to the guitar’s versatility, is the fact that it is able to combine the three musical pillars of melody, harmony and rhythm, with ease and to great effect. And with the growing synergies between newer guitar designs and emerging technologies, guitar players have been able to use the instrument, to shape the voice of their generation in remarkably fresh ways. From Jimi Hendrix’s incendiary celebration of freedom at Woodstock, to Yngwie Malmsteen’s warp-speed re-imagination of classical influences in a rock idiom, or Kurt Cobain’s tortured rock evocation of postmodern despair, the guitar today has become integral to breaking new musical ground. Perhaps NSM can help you take the first steps towards writing the next chapter of that unfolding story.

Level 1:

Level 1 is aimed at a complete beginner who would be playing the instrument for the first time.It can also include students who have been self taught and have learnt a few chords or songs over the internet without a basic understanding of theory. The course starts from holding your first guitar and tuning it to being able to strum chords and pull off a few popular songs. Students who seek to write their own songs are highly encouraged and will be provided with tips about songwriting. While we say this, we also need you to know that a lot depends on the amount of time you put towards learning and practise.

  • Tuning your instrument, guitar care, posture and using accessories like capo, picks and tuners
  • Identifying notes on the fretboard
  • Finger exercises and patterns to help you build strength and flexibility
  • Essential music theory including scales, chords and intervals
  • Reading and understanding Tabs and Chord charts
  • Practicing with a metronome
  • Strumming patterns and rhythm exercises to help build a good rhythm sense
  • Usage of Power Chords
  • Understanding and applying the Circle of fourths/fifths
  • Diatonic Harmony and its usage and application in music
  • Basics of alternate picking
  • Pentatonic, blues scales and Dominant 7ths
  • Popular chord progressions- 12 bar blues and its usage
  • Learning popular songs. We also train your ears to pick up the songs on your own
  • Jamming skills- Playing with multiple musicians at the same time
Level 2:

This course is aimed at guitar players who have a basic understanding of the instrument and theory.If you are aware of most Level 1 concepts, you could qualify for Level 2 after having completed an audition. However the first few classes will be spent revising most of the Level 1 concepts. If you already play for a band and are looking to do music professionally, this course will help you fine tune your skills and can also be customised to suit your playing style. In this course we get a lot detailed about chords and scale relationships to learning more styles of music like finger picking, blues, country and also understanding a few techniques to help you play solos.

  • Advanced Rhythm exercises including playing different time signatures, on and off count patterns using a metronome
  • Scales and modal theory: In this we not only look at how they are played but also an understanding of its usage in composition and
  • improvisation
  • Learning riffs, licks and progressions of great songs
  • Chord extensions and their use in modern music
  • Soloing skills: An understanding of phrasing and different approaches. Hammer ons, pull offs, bends, legato, vibrato, harmonics and
  • pinch harmonics, string skipping and tapping, arpeggios, sweep picking, shredding, hybrid / economy picking, usage of a tremolo/ whammy bar
  • Functioning and Static dominants
  • Understanding and using Chord inversions in compositions
  • How to get a good tone out of your instrument
  • Usage of a processors and guitar rigs (Delay, chorus, flanger, octave, fuzz, distortion, overdrive, wah, stomp boxes, compression,
  • gate, drive, EQ)
  • Music composition and songwriting (How to place a hook, a solo, a melody line, harmony, syncing lyrics to a tune)
  • Advanced Ear training
  • Playing with Dynamics
  • Basic understanding of recording music and the tools involved

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