PG Music Inc. has released three new volumes in its MasterClass music instruction series: The Guitar MasterClass Volume 2—Advanced/Intermediate, The Guitar MasterClass Volume 3—Intermediate and The Blues Piano MasterClass Volume 1. Each volume is available for use with the Windows operating system.
These new volumes integrate interactive audio lessons with onscreen MIDI display, notation and video, allowing the student to see and hear exactly what the instructor is playing. Lessons include verbal instructions, with related MIDI and audio exercises, exercise tips and practice tracks. All are linked to powerful multimedia features.
The Guitar MasterClass Volume 2—Advanced Beginner is a continuation from Volume 1 of this series with instructor, guitarist Oliver Gannon. Topics covered include typical chords and chordprogressions for the key being discussed; new chord variations; strumming and fingerpicking patterns; scale fingerings and exercises; and practice tunes with chords and melody. Also discussed are song structure, chord types, developing speed and technique, the blues, using a capo, playing in minor keys and more.
The Guitar MasterClass Volume 3—Intermediate describes transposable Barre chords, transposable scales and transposable melodies. Each lesson focuses on a specific key. Other topics include reading rhythms and syncopations, the cycle of 4ths, simple chord substitution, chord types, new strumming techniques, octaves, adding single string effects such as vibrato, string-bending and sliding, hammer-on and pull-offs, string-damping with the righ hand, amplifiers and electronic effects.
The Blues Piano MasterClass Volume 1—Beginner is designed to illustrate basic skills to the beginner blues pianist. Master pianist Miles Black guides the student through the fundamentals of the blues with 20 lessons dealing with blues History, basic blues form, simple chord construction and improvisation of a simple blues melody over a few basic blues styles.
Each volume is available for $29. More information can be found at www.pgmusic.com.