Rusty Cooley Guitar Lessons

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner aspiring shredder or just want to play for fun. I can help you reach any goal you desire. All Guitar Lessons are based on each student’s individual needs. I like to teach what I call musicianship; musicianship consists of music theory and technique. 

These lessons will improve the musicianship of any guitarist regardless of age or level. The concepts presented will provide you with the necessary tools to successfully master the 6,7 and 8 string electric or acoustic guitar when thoroughly applied by the student.

The lessons are rooted in two fundamental elements: Theory teaches you the understanding of how chords, scales, melody and harmony work. Technique gives you the physical ability to take the music in your creative mind to your instrument. 

You could be a musical genius, but if you don’t have the physical ability to unlock it…no one will ever know.


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Beginning Guitar

Beginning guitar lessons Includes:

  • Music alphabet, sharps, flats, open string names and other fundamental terminology (music is a language and we have to learn to speak it so we can easily communicate with other musicians)
  • Multiple tuning formats including tuning with harmonics
  • Learning and understanding your guitar amp and effects
  • Open position chords, open position power chords, chord progressions and rhythm guitar techniques
  • Right and left hand coordination techniques and finger exercises
  • How to use a metronome, counting and reading rhythm
  • Beginning lead with pentatonic scales, licks and sequences and the pentatonic workout
  • Techniques such as alternate picking, bending, vibrato, hammer-ons, pull offs and palm muting
  • 5 th and 6 th string root barre chords and positon power chords
  • Licks in the style of the greats


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Intermediate Guitar

Intermediate guitar lessons include:

  • Intervals
  • Harmonization
  • Triads
  • Triad arpeggios
  • Fretboard visualization
  • Major scale and it’s modes derivative and parallel approach
  • The modal workout and intense study of the content from Fretboard Visualization
  • Improvisation and phrasing with the modes and combining pentatonic and blues scales with the modes
  • 4th , 5th and 6th string root 7th chords and formulas
  • How to write and compose using the modes
  • How to apply rhythm guitar and chord scales and different approaches through chords, riffs (single note rhythm) and intervals
  • Advancing lead techniques such as tapping string skipping and sweep picking
  • Learning all the notes on the fretboard. “I have developed a simple system that will allow you to learn all of the notes on a 24 fret neck in 12 weeks”


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Advanced Guitar

This class includes everything from

  • Fretboard visualization
  • Harmonic minor and it’s modes derivative and parallel approach
  • Melodic minor and its modes derivative and parallel approach
  • Advanced 3 note per string pentatonic scales including minor, Indian, dominant, hirajoshi and how to extract them from 6,7 and 8 tone scales
  • Arpeggios 7, 9, 11, 13 as well as altered dominants and 3 octave patterns.
  • Multiple applications via alternate, economy and sweep picking as well as tapping using multiple fingers.
  • Extended chords up to 13ths and altered dominants and substitutions
  • Intervallic playing and enharmonic respelling of scales to reveal chords and arpeggios that are easily overlooked.
  • Advanced rhythm guitar through intervallic concepts, modal interchange, modulation and key changes
  • Time signatures including odd time and counting subdivisions.
  • Phrasing, building and improvising solos and guitar solo composition
  • Advanced exercises the legato workout, 3 note per string variables, 4 note per string variables, alternate picking including inside and outside picking, sweep
    picking, hybrid picking, string skipping and tapping with multiple fingers and intense chromatic studies for finger independence
  • Advanced scales such as diminished, whole tone, harmonic major, Hungarian minor, hybrid scales and much more…


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