Main Subject Guitar Jazz & Pop 3
Number of course weeks
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Guitar main subject year 3.
Further developing the technical and artistic aspects of guitar playing in the different styles of pop/jazz.
Students will be able to demonstrate their command of the various elements of the technical exam before an assessment panel.
For the technical exam elements, please consult the syllabus Technical Exam and its appendices.
Developing the technical aspects of the students' musicianship in the broadest sense of the word, as well as stimulating their musical awareness and personal taste in music.
Relation to other modules
The subjects of the main subject lessons are in line with the partly self-chosen band lessons, theory lessons such as analysis, study projects, etc.
Coaching the student in various musical enterprises, including professional and organizational issues.
Gaining knowledge of the uses of technical equipment, amplifiers, effects, sound technology in various styles, distortion/overdrive, and sound processing (incl. hardware).
Acquiring a general overview and working knowledge of the quality and properties of commercially available equipment and instruments.
Using the computer and software in relation to the electric guitar and recording.
Analyzing complex pieces.
Continued attention to presentation skills.
See also the technical exam description in the syllabus Technical Exam and its appendices.
Pick technique (alternate picking, legato techniques, and one of the following: speed picking, overhang, sweep picking, circle picking, 3-note-per-string technique).
Melody: arpeggiated triads and tetrads; two elements chosen from: in position, with position shift, ho/po or extended arpeggios, string skipping with hammer-on/pull-off; common scales: ionian, melodic minor, harmonic minor, pentatonic (major, minor, dominant), whole tone, altered, octatonic, all applied to chord schemes, enclosure; use of leading-tones, chromaticism, double chromatic approach, targeting.
Special effects: triads in chord progression, superimposing.
Specific pop elements: slide guitar.
Specific pop techniques: sweep picking, muting, tapping, extended arpeggios.
Harmonizing scales; middle and upper four strings (drop 2, drop 3); playing with indicated top-note voicing in chord progressions; inversions; bass note on the E, A, or D string, function 1,3,5,7; harmonic extensions; secondary dominant; tritone/voice-leading; extending chords with added notes/alterations; incorporating the indicated added notes/alterations in a natural voicing; preparing a self-written chord arrangement with melody chord arrangement.
Bossa accompaniment; jazz accompaniment (walking bass with chords) with fingers and pick.
Reading sheet music in various styles and levels of complexity; themes, big band parts, chord progressions, guitar arrangements, unusual meters, meter shifts, etc.
See also the technical exam description, including the difficulty level, in the syllabus Technical Exam.
The student demonstrates his command of a selected guitar technique.
Continued transcribing, analyzing and playing along with solos by guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Scott Henderson, Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Rainey, etc., as well as solos by wind instrument and piano players in various styles.
Developing individual expressive techniques (harmonic, melodic, rhythm, articulation, tone, etc.) in playing accompaniment and improvisation.
For more information, please consult the technical exam description.
Choosing and studying a repertoire attuned to the student's individual preferences and skills.
Playing self-written pieces.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons and group lessons focused on a single theme.
Material & Tools
Technical Exam syllabus.
William Leavitt: Melodic Rhythms For Guitar;
Howard Roberts: Sight Reading;
William Leavitt: Reading Studies For Guitar.
(New) Real Books, Charlie Parker: Omnibook.
Mel Bay: Complete Book of Jazz Guitar Lines and Phrases;
Les Wise: Bebop Bible;
Jerry Coker: Patterns for Jazz;
Howard Roberts: Guitar Compendium.
Peter O'Mara: Chordal Concept For Jazz Guitar; Nelson Faria: The Brazilian Guitar Book.
Mick Goodrich: The Advancing Guitarist.
Study material indicated by the instructor (reading, accompanying, harmonization, analyses, theory, chord, scale and arpeggio studies, schemes, etc.).
Self-assessment/study plan: based on their own musical preferences, students choose individual study focuses and aims.
Organizing a performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of the annual Jazz & Pop guitar student concert; independently organizing a performance (five pieces) as part of the transition exam audition.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester. A technical exam (an audition for a panel consisting of three examiners) is part of the assessment procedure.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims. Specific criteria are: creativity, expression, improvisation, technique, sound, intonation, timing, reading skills, repertoire knowledge, progress, self-reflection, session participation, attitude and lesson preparation.
Technical exam: the student should have sufficiently mastered the elements noted under Content and in the syllabus.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 by the instructor as well as for the technical exam at the end of the second semester.
At the end of both semesters the instructor fills out an assessment form designed specifically for this module. Assessment is comprised of a verbal evaluation and a concluding grade. The instructor reviews this assessment with the student during the first subsequent lesson.
During the spring semester a technical exam is part of the assessment procedure. Examiners use an outline of relevant criteria to assess students, with the average grade being used as the final grade.
Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester.
The third year course prepares students through weekly lessons for a technical exam and audition exam. The technical exam requires that students have mastered a number of technical skills that are described in detail. The audition exam requires that students demonstrate progress in the development of their individual musical personality.