Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists 1
About Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists 1 With Leah Kruszewski
Sooner or later, most guitarists become curious about how their instrument works. Initially, the guitar can seem like a jumble of strings, frets, and rote memorization. As we progress, patterns start to emerge in chord shapes, scale patterns, and chord progressions. Those patterns don’t explain themselves, but even the most fundamental music theory knowledge can illuminate their logic and help you use them effectively. Getting to know the language of music transforms the way you see the guitar and opens up new avenues for your playing.
This two-part course will walk you through the essentials of music theory as it applies to the guitar. In Part One (Fall 2020), you’ll learn to find the notes without a fretboard chart and how to form basic chords and scales independently of charts and tablature. In Part Two (Winter 2021), you’ll build on your chord and scale knowledge of how chords function in a key, how the keys relate to each other, and how to transpose music from one key to another. We’ll focus on knowledge that applies to every guitarist, regardless of genre.
Each unit will present one building block of essential music theory. We’ll explore the concept both with a guitar in hand and using our minds and musical logic alone. You’ll end each class with a few assignments (some guitar-in-hand, some written) to reinforce and practice applying your new knowledge.
How It Works
Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with a microphone. This live online class is capped at 20 students. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.
The first half of this course will be offered on September 20 through November 22, 2020.
Class will meet at 12:30 pm EDT | 9:30 am PDT | 16:30 UTC.
Unit 1: The Musical Alphabet
September 20 and 27
Unit 2: The Major Scale
October 4 and 11
Unit 3: Intervals
October 18 and 25
Unit 4: Chords: Major, Minor, and Diminished triads
November 1 and 8
Unit 5: Chords and the Major Scale
November 15 and 22
Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.
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No music notation involved!
About Leah Kruszewski
Flamenco and classical guitarist Leah Kruszewski loves introducing young beginners to their first songs, helping adult students rediscover their inner musician, and guiding classical and flamenco players in advanced, specialized study. Leah accompanies flamenco singers and dancers in Seville, Spain and travels regularly to the USA for festivals and performances.
Leah has a very kind and genuine demeanor and made our first lesson effortless. I'm excited to keep working together and learn a thing or two about the classical guitar!
Another really helpful lesson. Leah has given me useful exercises to improve left hand finger movements/control as well as helping with tempo for a piece I'm trying to play.
Leah is a terrific teacher - she knows her stuff, is patient, always smiling and cheerful and has a nature ability to teach. The course covers material that is very helpful and provides a solid foundation for continuing studies in the guitar.