• There are 4 levels of guitar, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Artist
     
    A description of each class is below:
     
    Beginning Guitar - for students who have never played guitar, or have played before but do not read standard notation.  We will learn the notes of the guitar in standard notation, as well as TAB.  Other topics include picking techniques, finger picking, chords, scales, and solo and ensemble playing.   A nylon string classical guitar, footstool, and tuner are required for this class.
     
    Depending upon enrollment, this class is sometimes divided into two sections - one for absolute beginners and one for those who have played before and do not read standard notation.  Be sure to indicate to your counselor your playing ability so that we may place you in the appropriate class.
     
     
    Intermediate Guitar - for students who are currently enrolled in guitar in LCPS (freshmen who have had guitar in the middle school enroll in this course).  These students have the ability to read standard musical notation, can play and read in 1st, 2nd, and possibly 5th, 7th and 9th  positions but are not fluent.  They know basic open position and movable chords.  In addition, they can perform Intermediate classical guitar solo literature utilizing free stroke, rest stroke, and some positional playing.
     
    Class topics will include mastery of positions I, II, V, VII, IX as well as work in IV and XII.  Advancement of solo literature through classical solos requiring more advanced techniques such as harmonics, shifting, voicing and the combination of Free Stroke and Rest Stroke techniques.  Popular music styles will be explored in class in large and small group opportunities.  This is a performing ensemble and will participate in several concerts throughout the year.  A nylon string classical guitar, footstool, and tuner are required for this class.
     
     
    Advanced Guitar - These students have been enrolled in guitar in LCPS for 3 or more years and have successfully completed Intermediate Guitar at Loudoun Valley.  In addition, a teacher recommendation or audition is required for participation in this course.  They are fluent in reading standard notation and reading music in 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th positions.  They are able to quickly adapt to other positions such as IV, VI, or XII.  They know open position and movable chords as well as open position major scales, primary and secondary chords, and several types of movable scale.  They are able to perform Intermediate to Advanced solo classical literature utilizing advanced techniques such as positional play, use of Free Stroke and Rest Stroke with proper fingering patterns, harmonics, voicing, and identification of melodic and harmonic elements.
     
    Class topics will review of positions I, II, V, VII, IX as well as work in IV and XII.  Solo literature will include classical solos requiring advanced techniques such as artificial and natural harmonics, shifting, finger displacement, voicing and the combination of Free Stroke and Rest Stroke techniques.  Other topics include closed position scales with primary/secondary chords, movable scales and modes, refinement of left and right hand technique, and advanced ensemble literature.  Popular music styles will be explored in class in large and small group opportunities.  This is a performing ensemble and will participate in several concerts throughout the year.  A nylon string classical guitar, footstool, and tuner are required for this class.
     
     
    Artist Guitar - This will be a class of students who have moved beyond Advanced Guitar and is generally the top 16-24 students in the guitar program at Valley.  Participation in this ensemble is by audition and selection by Mr. Tanner.  Fluency in positions, solo literature and ensemble literature is required.  Topics will include advancement and refinement of topics from Advanced Guitar, at a faster advanced level.  Additional topics will be discussed as well.  This is the premier performing ensemble and will participate in several concerts throughout the year as well as Loudoun County Guitar Festival.  A nylon string classical guitar, footstool, and tuner are required for this class.