Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists II
About Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists II 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, which was offered in Fall 2020, students learned to find the notes on the fretboard and how to form basic chords and scales. In Part Two (Winter 2021), you’ll build on your chord and scale knowledge 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 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 from January 17 through March 21, 2021
Class will meet at 12:30 pm EDT | 9:30 am PDT | 17:30 UTC.
Curriculum (continued from Theory I) and Class Schedule
Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.
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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.
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 Two will build on the concepts of Part One, which was offered in Fall 2020. If you skipped 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!
We'll refer to the musical alphabet using note names (A, B, C, etc.), but 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.
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.