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Strum it Up with Chris Liepe

Beginner Music Theory - Square One

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Playing the guitar and understanding the guitar are not one in the same! Building muscle memory and practicing rote memorization can take you a long way on the instrument, but to make your music come alive, to truly develop your own unique music personality, you must understand the instrument. That's what this course is all about, taking the most useful bits of music theory, teaching them in an easy to understand, sequential manner and then applying this information directly to the guitar. Having this knowledge will improve every facet of your playing from learning songs, to improvising, to writing your own material. Your friends, family and fellow musicians won't believe the change that can be wrought in a mere 8 weeks.

Here are few highlights of things we will cover in this course:

  • What are intervals?
  • Major and Minor differences
  • Building Chords
  • The Basics of Modes
  • Using Pentatonic Scales
  • Figuring out the Key of a Song
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Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

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Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

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And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with David and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Week 1

1/11/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Major and Minor

In this first session, we will talk about the difference between Major and Minor. This lesson will focus mostly on ear training and will help students differentiate Major chords from minor chords. We will also learn how to differentiate Major scales from minor scales in a super simple way.

Week 2

1/18/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Integral Intervals

The second session continues where the first one left off. In this session we will talk about the importance of intervals and how to use them to create music. This session is a bit more hands on and will require students to have a guitar in their hands.

Week 3

1/25/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Building Chords

In this lesson we will learn how chords are created using the previous session's intervals. This lesson will encourage students to create new chords using the intervals learned in week 2. This lesson is a rewarding session that will result in new musical ideas no matter how long students have been playing.

Week 4

2/1/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

The Major Scale

In this week's session, we will learn about the Major Scale. By the end of this lesson students will be able to build a Major scale from any note. This lesson is essential and will unlock key elements discussed in the future sessions.

Week 5

2/8/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

The Minor Scale

In this session, we will learn how to build a minor scale. Not only will we learn how to build the minor scale, but we will also learn how to play it anywhere on the fretboard. We will also make the parallel between Major scales and minor scales and see how they are related.

Week 6

2/15/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Mastery of Modes

In today's lesson we will learn what modes are, how to build them and how to use them. This lesson is very rewarding and will lead students to experiment and discover new musical concepts no matter where they are in their musical journey.

Week 7

2/22/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

Using Pentatonic Scales

Today's lesson will cover pentatonic scales. By now students should be able to analyze any musical elements (chords and scales) by using the previously discussed intervals and scales. We will cover simple pentatonic scales and learn how to build new ones as well.

Week 8

2/29/2016 at 8pm EST Get Access

The Keys to the Kingdom

In this last session we will talk about how to figure out the key in which a song is built. In this lesson will use several simple chord progressions and learn how to match them with a scale. This is a great illustration of what music theory really is and will help students go further in their musical apprenticeship.