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E-Course: Al Bumanis Guitar Clinic
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Member Price$110.00
Non-Member Price$160.00
Merchandise Description

Cost: $150. Discounted price for AMTA members: $100

This Guitar Clinic, honoring Al Bumanis and the Guitar Bombardment Series, is for both students and professionals to further musicianship and guitar skills for client growth. Five music therapists/guitarists with over 200 years of experience will be your guides. Participants are encouraged to suggest music material and guitar techniques that will benefit their clients. Bring a guitar, tuner, capo, pick, thumb pick, and a slide.  Note: This e-course was first offered at the 2021 AMTA National Conference as Add-on Course N.  It was recorded for later viewing and access.

Presenter(s): Destiny Boyum, MT-BC; Robert Groene, PhD MT-BC; Allison Kerr, MT-BC; Pete Meyer, MA MT-BC; and Lee Anna Rasar, MT-BC, WMTR

CMTE Credits

This e-course is pre-approved for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. 

Learning Objectives
  • Learning Objective #1: Demonstrate at least one musical element (rhythm, harmony mode, scale, riff, timbre) in a typical client song that you have not tried before on guitar - CBMT Domain III.A.5.c

  • Learning Objective #2: Participants will identify the concepts for demonstrating the Alexander Technique for relaxation and to prevent injuries when playing guitar along with how to create easy substitute fingerings to avoid injury using bottom 4 strings and far left 4 frets on guitar for complex jazz chords. CBMT Domain I.5
    Learning Objective #3 Participants will identify and play De-Escalation and Rock’N’Relax Techniques on guitar. CBMT Domain IIIA5f.2

  • Learning Objective#4 Participants will demonstrate one Authentic and one Rhythmic Style of Music on Guitar to better identify Client responses. CBMT Domain II.B.13.b ‚Äč

Schedule (Breaks were scheduled for the live presentation but may not be recorded.)

  • 10 Minutes.  Welcome, Overview CMTE Details
  • 50 Minutes.  Elements of Music Applied to Guitar for increased client attention and efficacy: “Reaching Our Clients’ Hearts Through Preferred Inspired Guitaring”
  • 10-Minute.Break
  • 50 Minutes. Rock’N’Relax - breaking down sub-genres under the rock umbrella to better meet clients’ actual preferences, and learn how to use new guitar skills and insight to support clinical goals while keeping the integrity of the original rock’n’roll music!
  • 10-Minute Break
  • 50 Minutes. Authentic Styles; Blues; De-escalation
  • 10-Minute Break
  • 50 Minutes1) ‘Sweep Waltz’ - Demos benefit of high and low strings with a 3/4 or 6/8 strum. How to expand the ‘feel’ of a waltz straight ahead or more relaxed, varying per client and can move to an alternate-bass waltz strum 2) Pop Reggae (vs Traditional. Introduces the Up-stroke leading different types of accents focusing on the ‘and’ of the beat, leading to blues turnaround or blues tune, spicing up a dull song. 3) Scrunch: Using the guitar as part percussive, part tonal instrument giving a more authentic, grittier sound. Sometimes it’s fun to play in the dirt!
  • 10-Minute Break
  • 50 Minutes. Middle Eastern,  African and Latin cultures: Lily Afshar creating fretlets to allow playing semitones on guitar and the impact that had on Middle Eastern music; Hava Nagila  Palm wine picking; Soukous bass; Manding swing; Corcovado: Adaptations for chord fingerings and integration of relaxation and Alexander technique; Brazilian accompaniment for Corcovado


Once you purchase this item, you must download the e-course workbook with instructions and links for listening to or watching the course. Go to the AMTA website and log in on the left side using the QuickLink, “My Account>Login.”  After logging into your AMTA online account with your primary email and password, go to the top tab “My Transactions,” and the “My Downloadable Products” link, then click on the item to open it. Save to your local computer.  This purchase will remain available in your account for one year from the purchase date.

Note: The cost of each e-course purchase entitles one individual to participate in and complete the e-course for CMTE credit. If a course is being purchased for multiple individuals, it must be purchased separately for each participant. Please email the national office if you are purchasing a course for someone other than yourself so credit can be applied to that person's record.


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