Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021

About Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 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 (Spring 2021), 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 (TBD), 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.


What’s Needed

Materials

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 
No knowledge of music theory or the notes of the guitar

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.


$179.00
Space is limited. Enroll now to reserve your spot.

When

The class will meet for ten weekly 60-min live online sessions at 11 am ET | 8 am PT | 15:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on May 30.
(Convert to my time zone)

Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.

May
30th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 1: The Musical Alphabet
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
6th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 1: The Musical Alphabet
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
13th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 2: The Major Scale
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
20th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 2: The Major Scale
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
27th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 3: Intervals
Leah Kruszewski
Jul
4th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 3: Intervals
Leah Kruszewski
Jul
11th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists - Spring 2021 - Unit 4: Chords: Major, Minor, and Diminished Triads
Leah Kruszewski

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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 microphone. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

Students Say

Thank you, Leah, for your unending patience, and helpful suggestions. I am improving because you take the time to explain musical concepts to me, and you set firm guidelines when needed. Leah is the ideal music teacher for me. I strongly recommend her to other musical students who want to improve their playing and understanding of music.

— Eric C., Verified Student on Lessonface

She's adaptable to the styles you wish to learn, and her background in classical guitar will show through as she teaches toward a robust foundation of guitar technique and theory. I'm thankful I found her, and over the past few months I've progressed far faster than I ever would have on my own.

— Harvey., Verified 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, Verified Student on Lessonface

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Leah Kruszewski

Leah Kruszewski

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