Essential Theory

This course teaches you the most basic music theory you’ll need to know for all other TXBA Courses.

Essential Theory


If you never had music class in school, this course will teach you what you missed, but only the essential elements you’ll need to understand blues guitar.

You can learn to play a lot of things on guitar without ever understanding what you’re doing. But if you’re willing to learn the most essential elements of music theory, everything you do will make more sense.

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  • Overview

    This is an overview of the whole course.

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When you Join the TXBA Locals, you get access to this course immediately, but right now our store is open and you can purchase this course individually as digital downloads.

Lesson Details

  • Lesson 1
    Lesson 1: Sound Theory

    Lesson 1 introduces you to the physics behind music. I explain how vibration creates sound and how certain types of vibration produce notes. In this lesson you will learn:

    • Vibration
    • Frequency
    • Frequency Range
    • Pitch
    • Middle C / A440
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 2
    Lesson 2: Music Theory

    Lesson 2 introduces you to the most basic concepts of music theory. Each topic is explained slowly and you are shown how they apply to the guitar. In this lesson you will learn:

    • Octaves
    • Groups Of Octaves
    • Note Names
    • Sharps And Flats
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 3
    Lesson 3: Scales

    This lesson introduces you to the concept of scales and explains the 2 most popular scales of western music. In this lesson, you will learn:

    • What Is A Scale?
    • Keys
    • The Chromatic Scale
    • The Major Scale
    • Note Numbers
    • The Minor Scale
    • Major -vs- Minor
    • How I Use Scales
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 4
    Lesson 4: Music

    This lesson introduces you to the basic structure of most blues and simple rock songs. The concepts in the previous lessons are brought into focus as we look at how songs are built. In this lesson you will learn:

    • Song Structure
    • Progressions
    • Simple Chords Structure
    • Chord Progressions
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 5
    Lesson 5: The Blues

    This lesson explains the basic structure of blues music and how it relates to the larger world of music. Some common variations on the standard 12 bar structure are explained. In this lesson you will learn:

    • What Is I, IV, V?
    • 12 Bar Major Blues
    • 12 Bar Minor Blues
    • Turnarounds
    • Introductions
    • What Do You Play When?
    • The Pentatonic Scale
    • Lesson Video