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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What’s Needed
You need a guitar (any kind), paper, and pencil for this course.  
You’ll probably want to print the lesson notes and written exercises for each class.
Playing experience
One year of playing experience (any genre) is recommended.  
We will explore many concepts with the guitar in hand.  The course won’t demand fancy techniques or speed, but you will want to use logical fingerings for scales and chords. 
Prior music theory knowledge 
Part One: No knowledge of music theory or the notes of the guitar
Part Two: The second part will build on the concepts of Part One.  If you skip Part One, make sure you know the notes on your guitar, how to play major scales, and how to build triads (three-note chords). 

No music notation involved!

You’ll learn the musical alphabet and note names (A, B, C, etc.) on day one, and we’ll use them constantly throughout the course. However, we won’t learn or use written music notation (that is, notes written on the staff). We’ll ignore it completely in the course, as most guitar styles don’t require it.
That said, if you already know music notation, you can apply and use that knowledge in all written exercises. In addition to writing out the note names for all the written exercises, transcribe everything to staff paper. All you’ll need in addition is plenty of staff paper.

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.

Students Say

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!

— Jacob L., Private Student on Lessonface

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.

— Phillip C., Private Student on Lessonface

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.

— Raaj, Private Student on Lessonface


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