Are you a guitar player who is ready to take the study of your instrument to a deeper, more immersive level?
If so, Swallow Hill and Instructor Thomas Jennings are excited to introduce Progressions. Progressions is an immersive 16-week course for guitar players wishing to gain a greater understanding of their instrument, with aspirations to join or start a band, record their music, or gain a greater understanding of the music industry.
Over its four months, Progressions will take hobbyist musicians looking to become more serious guitar players through an intensive track of curriculum based on career-oriented work in the fields of music performance, recording, and education.
This is the inaugural Progressions and there will be others to come featuring different teachers, instruments, and departments.
Students will be challenged, but not overwhelmed. Progressions is designed for students to receive personalized help from the teacher at multiple weekly junctures. Curated practice plans can be built for each individual students’ advancement.
Every month, Thomas will offer three or four songs or solos for students to choose from for close study. Some of these classes will focus on fundamental skill-building like fretboard mapping, technique, rhythm, or theory. Other classes will closely examine creative skills like improvising, taking solos, or composing and songwriting.
Finally, a component of classes will cover industry skills, including:
- How to make a chart for your own song
- The basics of recording both at home on your own and in a studio
- How to release those recordings out into the world
Space for Progressions is limited to 8 students, and students are required to apply to the program.
Progressions kicks off with a public offering of Thomas’ “How to Practice” Workshop on February 2 and the cohort will meet through May 30. The deadline to apply is January 22 and interviews with prospective students being conducted through January 27.
Get complete application details here.
Monthly performance opportunities as well as a release of a finished product demonstrating writing, recording, and teaching are part of Progressions.
Thomas Jennings holds a Bachelor of Music from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. As a teacher, Thomas focuses on soloing, improvisation, music theory, playing by ear, along with learning and breaking rules of music. A seasoned gigging musician, Thomas fronts his own band, and is a member of celebrated Denver-based indie soul band Mama Magnolia. Learn more about his music and career here.