Everything That You Need To Know About Step D

What DO Students Learn In Step D

  • New four finger chords.
  • All four main bar chords shapes.
  • 7th chords.
  • Scales that use all six strings.
  • Exercises to help play without looking.
  • Exercises that use all strings and alternate picking.
  • Sight reading for all guitar strings combined.
  • New sight reading symbols.
  • All intervals of the Major Scale.

How Much Should Step D Students Practice?

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.
  • Students at a Step D level often develop interest in specific playing areas such as soloing, fingerpicking or rock music. This frequently leads to many months of simply learning songs (which is one of the best methods of improving skill and knowledge). As a result, their Step D progress may seem quite slow, however they’ll constantly be learning new songs and techniques.

Suggested Step D Goals:

  • Memorise all Step D chords.
  • Memorise all Step D scales.
  • Learn how to play each Step D scale ascending and descending.
  • Learn how to Sight Read for all six strings.
  • Learn how to identify all intervals in the Aural component.
  • Play a song that uses all bar chords and no open chords.
  • Write and record your own song that uses chords and a melody.

Suggested Step D Listening:

  • Metallica
  • AC/DC
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Blink 182
  • Bruno Mars
  • John Mayer
  • Vance Joy
  • The Beatles
  • INXS
  • Muse
  • Nirvana
  • Train
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Bon Jovi
  • Black Sabbath

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