Everything You Need To Know About Step C

What Do Students Learn In Step C?

  • 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”

How Much Should Step C 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. The main concern is that they are learning, improving and enjoying playing.

How Long Does Step C 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 C if competency is achieved in all required areas.

Suggested Step C Goals:

  • Memorise all Step C chords.
  • Memorise all Step C scales.
  • Learn how to play each Step C 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 while your UGA Tutor plays the backing chords.
  • Play a song with power chords.
  • Play an electric guitar.
  • Play an electric guitar and use distortion.

Suggested Step C 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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