Guitar Masterclass Workbook

This course is ideal for students studying the SFM. If you are an educator interested in studying the method visit here.

This book is specifically designed for intermediate and advanced guitarists looking to strengthen their rhythmic abilities.

Unique SFM concepts are taught here that aren’t in the Rhythm & Percussion with Sound Math™ workbook series.

Concepts from primarily Levels 1-4 from the SFM are addressed here including:

•Waxing and Waning Sixteenths and in 6/8

•Neighboring Syncopations

•Accent Displacement Muted Strumming Exercises

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Examples of Topics


Madigan’s revolutionary theory of rhythm addresses numerous overlooked aspects of rhythm that make huge changes in your students’ playing. Waxing and Waning Duration is a concept that is solely applicable to melodic instruments and can make or break your group’s sound.

The exercise on this page depicts an extremely simple yet highly profound way to increase your groups sonic unity, rhythmic alignment, and overall groove.

This particular concept while written here explicitly for guitar can also be used for other stringed instruments, wind instruments, and voice.



Neighboring syncopations is another concept unique to Madigan’s Sound Formation Method. This concept address the practice of training your students in similar syncopated rhythms that feel dramatically different.

These similar rhythms and their distinction in execution is a defining factor in creating a mature and professional sounding ensemble versus an amateur group that struggles with refined rhythmic feels.

Again, this is an incredibly simple but not necessarily easy principle that creates a huge shift in your individual sound and group’s overall sound for the better.


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Compilation pages allow you to practice all of the extremely important rhythm concepts in this book back to back as a daily exercise to ensure your musical feel progresses quickly.

About the Author

Curtis Madigan is a graduate from Berklee College of Music where he attended on a guitar performance scholarship. His students have gone on to attend top music schools and he’s trained thousands of students in his method. As a music education visionary Madigan invented The Sound Formation Method™, The Rhythm Compass™, and a comprehensive theory of rhythm.