Welcome to the Elite Guitar Coaching assessment test. I am very glad you are taking the first step towards fulfilling your guitar playing potential! The following questions will help me to evaluate your current level of knowledge.
It is in YOUR best interest to answer each question without any preparation and without “cheating “by looking up the answer on the internet and also without using your guitar. If you want me to use my experience to create the most personalized, relevant and helpful lesson materials for you, I need to be able to understand the level you are REALLY on with these topics.
Please be honest here, because the more accurately I can assess your current knowledge, the faster you will be able to progress in our lessons together. If you don’t know the answer to a question, that is no problem, this is what you are here to learn!

General Questions

How much time do you CURRENTLY spend practicing guitar per week? Less than 4 hours per week 8-10 hours per week 12-18 hours per week 20 or more hours per week

 

Goal Setting:
You can select multiple

 

If accepted in to the Elite Guitar Coaching program, how many hours per day are you willing to COMMIT to practicing in order to reach your goals? I can only practice every other day for 1-2 hours 1-2 hours every day Up to 4 hours every day I can manage 4-6 hours in most days More than 6 hours a day!

 

What styles of music do you like to listen to?

 

What styles of music do you want to play?
You can select multiple

 

Who are your favorite bands? (list 3-5 bands)

Who are your favorite guitar players? (list 3-5 players)

 

How many years have you been playing Guitar? (All music styles included):

 

Technical Questions

Here are some questions about Guitar Technique - Take your time in answering them

Can you play barre chords?  Yes No I don't know what barre chords are I can play some barre chords, but this skill is not totally mastered yet

 

Can you easily change between chords? Yes, changing between chords is very easy for me I can change between simple chords, but some changes are hard for me No, changing between chords is difficult for me

 

Can you consistently play alternate picking runs/licks/exercises on the guitar?

 

Can you consistently play Hammer-on and Pull-off runs/licks/exercises on the guitar?

 

Can you consistently play Tapping runs/licks/exercises on the guitar?

 

Can you consistently play Sweep Picking runs/licks/exercises on the guitar?

 

Can you consistently play String Skipping runs/licks/exercises on the guitar?

 

Fingerboard Knowledge

This is an initial assessment of your Fingerboard Knowledge level. Please be as sincere as possible

How many of the scales listed below do you know how to play from memory?  Minor Pentatonic Dorian Major Natural minor Harmonic minor MIxolydian Melodic minor Lydian b7 Hirajoshi Half-Whole Diminished Whole Tone I don't know any scales from memory

 

How many of the Chords listed below do you know how to play from memory?
You can select multiple

 

How many of the Arpeggios listed below do you know how to play from memory?
You can select multiple

 

Have you MEMORIZED all 5 scale patterns of the Pentatonic Minor scale?  Yes No

 

Have you MEMORIZED all seven 3-note-per-string scale patterns of the Major scale?  Yes No

 

Have you MEMORIZED all seven 3-note-per-string scale patterns of the Harmonic Minor scale?  Yes No

 

Have you MEMORIZED all seven 3-note-per-string scale patterns of the Melodic Minor scale?  Yes No

 

Improvising/Soloing Skills

Can you use the whole neck of the guitar while improvising (and stay in key), or do you use only one general part of the guitar neck most of the time?

 

If you want to improvise a guitar solo over this chord progression: E, A, C#m, which scale is the best choice to use?  A Blues scale E Blues scale E minor scale E Major scale A Mixolydian scale None of the above I don't know

 

If you want to improvise a solo over this progression: Gm, Cm, A half diminished, D7 what scale is the easiest choice to use?  G Phrygian G Melodic minor G Dorian G Major None of the above I don't know

 

Music Theory Questions

Please answer each question honestly, without looking up the answer and without using your guitar!
If you do not know how to answer a question, please select "I don't know" from the answer choices. (DON'T guess!)
I know that some of the questions you may see might appear very difficult.
Keep in mind, you DON'T have to answer every question correctly in order to become a member of Elite Guitar Coaching and study with me.
Your answers will be invaluable in helping me determine how to create the most appropriate lesson materials for you.

How many half steps are in a tritone?  I don't know 6 half steps 3 half steps 5 half steps 4 half steps None of the above

 

What are the notes of the D Major scale?  D Eb F G A Bb C D E F# G# A B C# D E F# G A B C D Eb F# G A Bb C None of the above I don't know

 

What are the notes in the F minor pentatonic scale?  F G A Bb C F A B C D F A Bb C D F Ab Bb C Eb F Ab Bb C Eb None of the above I don't know

 

What is the difference between a minor triad and a diminished chord?  The difference is in scale degree 5: the diminished triad has a raised scale degree 5, and a minor triad has a regular scale degree 5 The difference is in scale degree 3: the diminished triad has a lowered scale degree 3, and a minor triad has a regular scale degree 3 The difference is in scale degree 5: the diminished triad has a regular scale degree 5, and a minor triad has a lowered scale degree 5 The difference is in scale degree 3: the diminished triad has a regular scale degree 3, and a minor triad has a lowered scale degree 3 The difference is in scale degree 3: the diminished triad has a regular scale degree 3, and a minor triad has a lowered scale degree 3 None of the above I don't know

 

What are all the triad chords in the key of E Major?  E Major F# diminished G# Major A Major B Major C# minor D# diminished E Major F Major G# minor A minor B diminished C# minor D# Augmented E Major F Augmented G# minor A Major B Major C# diminished D# diminished None of the above I don't know

 

Which Major Scale has 1 sharp?

 

Which Major Scale has 3 flats?

 

Which Major Scale has 6 sharps?

 

What is the key signature of G# minor scale? (What are the flat/sharps in that scale)

 

What is the key signature of F minor scale?

 

Which natural minor scale has 5 sharps?

 

Which note is a minor 7th above Bb?

 

Which note is a diminished 5th above Eb?

 

EXAMPLE - Which the Key Signature of C Dorian:
ANSWER - Bb,Eb

 

Which the Key Signature of F# Mixolydian

 

Which the Key Signature of D Aeolian

 

Ear Training Questions

Which statement most accurately describes your current aural skills/ear training abilities?  I can hear the difference between notes moving higher or lower in pitch only, but I have no idea what any of the notes are just by listening I can do statement A above and I can also ACCURATELY (in tune) and CONSISTENTLY sing a Major scale WITHOUT playing along with an instrument I can ACCURATELY and CONSISTENTLY do both A and B above and I can also ACCURATELY and CONSISTENTLY identify any interval (within one octave) without using an instrument for help I can ACCURATELY and CONSISTENTLY do A B and C above and can also identify triads, chord progressions and inverted chords ACCURATELY and CONSISTENTLY in Major and minor keys without using an instrument for help I can ACCURATELY and CONSISTENTLY do A, B, C, and D above, and I also have absolute perfect pitch (I can identify any note after hearing it once)

 

Are you currently a professional musician in the music industry?  Yes No

 

Is your goal to become a professional musician?  Yes No

 

Do you currently teach guitar to others?  Yes No

 

Would you like to tell me anything else about your musical abilities, skills, or interests? If yes, please do so here:

 

How did you first learn about me (please be specific - do not just say 'Internet' or 'facebook')?

 

Who referred you to me? (If no one referred you, please write "nobody" in the box)

 

What music websites do you visit to read instructional articles and lessons?

 

Which of the following statements best describes your beliefs and situation?

 

Why do you want to take guitar lessons with me?

 

In our lessons together, you will get a lot more than great things to learn and practice. Which of these additional aspects are important for you to get from our 'student-teacher-relationship'?
You can select multiple

 

Why are these things important to you?

 

What are you hoping to get out of our lessons together over the long term?

 

Is one of your goals to become a guitar teacher?  Yes No

 

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Congratulations for completing the Elite Guitar Coaching Skill Assessment Test!

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