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