Essential Theory

If you fell asleep in music class, or skipped it entirely - this course is for you. Just the basics.


Essential Theory

Are you embarrassed to admit you don’t know any music theory? If so, stop it. There’s nothing to be embarassed about. Lots of people pick up an instrument without ever learning the basics of music theory.

You can learn a lot of stuff without ever knowing what you’re doing. But if you’re willing to learn the most basic elements of music theory, everything you do will make more sense.

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What's In This Course

  • Lesson Videos
  • Tablature
  • Backing Track
  • Fretboard Diagrams

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