Real World Theory for Guitarists

About Real World Theory for Guitarists

Have you ever wondered what the technical difference is between major and minor scales or chords? Have you been left in the the dark when other musicians use numbers to talk about songs? Do you avoid 7th chords cause jazz is scary? This 6 week class for beginning to intermediate guitarists will demystify some common music theory topics that often cause confusion. Weekly 45 minute lectures walk students through a deeper understanding of scales, triads, and 7th chords. Participants will also learn what the number system is and how to use it. Other topics covered include song structure and common chord progressions.

Class Goals

  • - Students will gain a clear understanding of how to build major and minor scales, as well as a clear understanding of the 4 types of triads and 7th chords.
  • - Students will gain a clear understanding of how and why the number system is used. They will be able to use this system to understand several of the most common chord progressions in music.
  • - Students will gain a deep understanding of song structure and the terms that define it.

Age Range

All Ages

Skill Level



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Weekly 30-min sessions on Mondays, at 6:30 pm ET | 3:30 pm PT | 23:30 UTC.
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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Real World Theory for Guitarists
Jay Thomason

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Enroll from this page and we will send you the Zoom link to join. Students can connect to the live session using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The class recording will be available to enrolled students within 48 hours of the live session. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

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Jay Thomason

Jay Thomason

A talented and fun guitarist who has traveled and played professionally for 20+ years. Jay holds a BA in contemporary performance an AA in contemporary guitar (both) from Musicians Institute, as well as an AA in music Ed.

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