Smoky Hill Music

Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele Lessons Aurora CO

Your musical journey begins here

For the more advanced student:

- Notes on the fretboard

- Introduction to musical notation

- Playing melodies 

- Picking and strumming

- Chord Diagrams

- Counting Rhythms 

- Proper tuning 

- Basic right- and left-hand techniques

- Care and maintenance of your instrument

- Open chords

- Chord progressions

- Introduction to tablature

- Choosing songs to learn- based on the students

musical interest and skill level

Bass

- Notes on the bass
- Introduction to musical notation- Bass Clef
- Proper tuning of the bass
- Basic right- and left-hand techniques
- Care and maintenance of your instrument
- Chord progressions
- Introduction to tablature
- Choosing songs to learn- based on the 
students musical interest and skill level
- Using proper amplifier settings to achieve 
a professional sound
-Introduction to Pop & Slap Style
-Scales & Arpeggios

-Jam Sessions!



Aurora, CO

For the Beginner:

- Basic scale patterns for aspiring lead guitarists.
These are the basis for most rock, country and blues solos.
- Barre chords
- Introduction to music theory
- Chord construction
- Fingerpicking, hybrid picking
- Slide guitar techniques
- Techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, 
slides, vibrato, two-handed tapping etc.
- "Nashville number system" - easily follow chord charts 
or transpose a song to any key
- Ear-training or "playing by ear" - learn a tune while 
playing along with CDs and the radio
- Use of dynamics, phrasing, articulations and other techniques to create a dramatic guitar solo
- Using effects processors (distortion pedals, 
compressors, digital delay, reverb, etc) to achieve a 
professional sound

- Jam Sessions ! Create music with other students!

Banjo

- Proper tuning
- Use of finger picks
- Proper right and left hand positions
- Chords and melodies
- Reading tablature
- Left-hand techniques such as hammer-ons, 
pull-offs, bends,slides, etc.
- "Scruggs-style" fingerpicking rolls
- Playing standards like Cripple Creek ,
Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Dueling Banjos

‚Äč-Jam Sessions!