Welcome to Functional Rock Guitar Theory! In the introduction, Will gives you a taste of what you'll find in this basic, usable music theory course.
Taught by Will Ripley in Functional Rock Guitar Theory seriesLength: 3:34Difficulty: 0.0 of 5
Will Ripley brings us an easy to follow approach to music theory. Designed for someone just out of the beginner stage of guitar playing, Functional Rock Guitar Theory breaks down the concepts that you will use in your everyday playing. In addition, it is geared towards rock and blues guitar, which means it is tailored to concepts that will advance your playing in those genres!
Welcome to Functional Rock Guitar Theory! In the introduction, Will gives you a taste of what you'll find in this basic, usable music theory course.Length: 3:34 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Will starts this course out with a basic skill that every guitar player uses at some point: Finding the Key of a Song. He gives us some basics tips and tricks to make this an easy task!Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
No doubt, one of the most daunting tasks of guitar playing is learning all of the notes on your fretboard. Not to fear! Will breaks down and demystifies this scary process, and you'll have it all memorized...Length: 12:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
One of, if not THE most important building block of music theory is the major scale. In this lesson, Will discusses the structure and tonality of the scale.Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
What about all of those "in between" notes? The notes not in the major scale? Those are the notes that add interesting color to music. In this lesson, Will shows you the chromatic scale, and gives you...Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Being able to recognize intervals and getting used to how they sound is a very key part of making music theory work for you. In this lesson, Will takes a look at how all 12 notes sound against a root...Length: 14:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
What are chords? How do they work? How are they built? Will answers these and other questions in this fundamental theory lesson!Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now that we have looked at how basics chords are built, Will takes a look at extensions to chords. These are the notes added to chords that give them specific tones or "colors".Length: 18:22 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Being able to figure out your intervals is one of the more useful music theory applications for your guitar playing. In this lesson, Will gives you quick, easy methods for fast location of your intervals!Length: 11:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now that we're getting familiar with the major scale, as well as several different chord types, it's time to connect the dots with the diatonic chord sequence. That's right - each note of the major scale...Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Learning the pop diatonic chord sequence by itself can seem a bit out of context. Will gives us a useful track in this lesson, that will show you what that sequence sounds like in a real song.Length: 9:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Ok, now that you have some context for the chord sequence, let's change keys. Wait, what?? Not to worry! Will has given you all the tools you need to transpose this stock pop song to a different key!Length: 15:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In the world of music theory, blues is in a class by itself. In this lesson, Will examines the differences between blues theory and normal diatonic theory.Length: 9:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Will talks about what makes up the different pentatonic positions, and how to relate the minor pentatonic to the major pentatonic scale.Length: 12:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
We've looked at the pop diatonic chord sequence, now it's time to look at the rock diatonic chord sequence. This has different flavor that says nothing other than "rock"!Length: 9:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now it's time to apply some of this theory we're learning, and we find out how much it can help us when navigating certain chord progressions. Changing in and out of major and minor sounding licks and...Length: 15:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Modes are sometimes a great source of confusion for a lot of guitar players. In this lesson, Will hopes to demystify them a bit by giving straight forward descriptions and examples.Length: 18:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Arpeggios are an important piece of the puzzle when converting music theory to actual playing. In this lesson, Will explains what arpeggios are, and shows you different ways to use them.Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Triad shapes are one of the most useful tools in advancing your guitar playing. Learning the various shapes and how to move them around the fretboard will not only enhance your playing, but it will also...Length: 16:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Now that you've learned some different triad shapes, it's time to put them into context in a musical situation.Length: 9:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The capo can either be a super useful tool, or a complete mystery! In this lesson, Will tries to demystify the capo and gives you some practical uses for it.Length: 11:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
About Will Ripley View Full Biography
Will Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians.
Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.
In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!
Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.
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