What Do Students Learn In Step D?

  • Four finger chords.
  • Scales that use all six strings.
  • Exercises to help play without looking.
  • Exercises that use all strings and alternate picking.
  • The complete musical alphabet.
  • Sight reading for two guitar strings combined.
  • New sight reading symbols.
  • Listening exercises called “Interval Training”
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How Much Should Step D Students Practice?

  • At least five times per week.
  • Each practice should be about twenty minutes long.
  • Some students are quite busy with other events during the week, so don’t stress if they aren’t getting all five practices in every week.

How Long Does Step D Take?

  • The Ultimate Guitar Method is a self paced curriculum, rather than a lesson by lesson course.
  • The average completion time for students who diligently follow the practice regime is about 12-18 months, however some students may take longer.
  • Students are only able to pass Step D if competency is achieved in all required areas.

Suggested Step D Goals:

  • Memorise all Step D chords.
  • Memorise all Step D scales.
  • Learn how to play each Step D scale ascending (forwards) and descending (backwards).
  • Memorise all notes of the musical alphabet, including sharps and flats.
  • Learn how to Sight Read for the B string.
  • Learn how to identify all intervals in the Aural component.
  • Play a picking melody with your UGA Tutor playing the backing chords.
  • Play a song with power chords.

Suggested Step D Listening:

  • Katy Perry
  • P!nk (Pink)
  • Bruno Mars
  • Taylor Swift
  • Ed Sheeran
  • David Guetta
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Justice Crew
  • The Script
  • Minecraft Parodies
  • James Arthur
  • Bon Jovi
  • AC/DC
  • Macklemore

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