A general overview of must-know theory concepts. The goal here is practical, easy-to-understand explanations — all of which provide clarity to your everyday guitar playing.
7 Lessons • 1 hour 6 minsView First Lesson →
An overview of the 12 notes in Western music. These are the building blocks of everything!
There are 7 notes in each major key, which melodies and chords in that key are built with – and there's a simple pattern that each key follows.
A quick primer on scale degrees, which are the building block of scales, chords, and melodies within any key. I'll also touch on intervals, a related concept that describes the distance between any two notes.
An overview of the 7 chords built upon the notes in each major key. Again, it's all based on one simple pattern!
An explanation of the Roman numeral numbering system often used to refer to the chords in each key.
A quick overview of major chords (1-3-5) vs. minor chords (1-b3-5) — including a simple explanation of how they're built.
Of all the music theory charts & diagrams you may encounter, the Circle of Fifths is perhaps the most useful! Here's how it works.
I plan on adding to this course over time. Is there a music-theory topic you’d like to see explored? Let me know!