This is a common way I categorise my lessons. If you hate being put into molds or categories then don't read on, just keep on learning what ever you feel like. I find this a good guide to filling in the gaps when lessons skip certain topics.
- First I group student into 3 main levels (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced).
- Then each of those main groups into sub groups (Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3).
- Then each of those sub groups into sections (Theory, Chords & Rhythm then Melody & Riffs)
- Then split melody & riffs into two sections (Notation & Tablature).
Categorising Lesson Levels
Advanced - Level 1
- Understands the theory behind the Major, Minor & 5 Pentatonic scale
- Knows how many sharps and flats are in any key signature
- Understands the theory behind relative minors & majors
Chords & Rhythm
- Can work out any rhythm pattern quickly by ear or visually
- Can write out any rhythm pattern
- Play rhythms using extra note hammer ons, pull aways or slides
Melody & Riffs
- Has memorised the Major, Minor & 5 Pentatonic scale
- Can play scale exercise patterns fluent (should be able to see the scale note placing on the fretboard before you place the fingers down)
- Can play a basic riff or solo with ease within a 1/2 hour
- Can place all notes of one kind (e.g. F) on every string, every fret in under 10 seconds (Octaves)