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Theory Courses

Guitar Theory Course

The Guitar Theory Course is a comprehensive method designed to teach people what they need to know in order to develop a deeper understanding of guitar playing and music. The course is designed for guitarists who would like to improve their knowledge of theory relating to guitar playing and for music in general.

The course runs for 6 weeks with an hour long class once a week. Classes are usually 6 to 8 people in size. Individual attention and question answering is provided.

Course Content

Some of the things this course will cover are:

  • Learning the notes of the fretboard
  • Learning notes of scales
  • Intervals
  • The circle of fifths
  • Key signatures
  • Time signatures
  • Understanding rhythm
  • Rhythmic subdivisions
  • Diatonic theory and harmony
  • Chord families
  • Borrowed chords
  • Secondary dominants
  • Triads
  • Arpeggios
  • Different chords: Sus chords, add9 chords, diminished chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 11th chords, 13th chords, stacked chords, slash chords, etc
  • Chord formulas
  • Chord construction
  • Scale degrees
  • Ear training
  • Modes
  • Modal harmony and theory

Why Take This Course?

After taking this course you’ll be able to recognise the notes of the fretboard, understand scales by their notes, understand and recognise intervals, understand the circle of fifths, understand key signatures and time signatures, understand how to read and count rhythm, understand how to subdivide beats, undertstand diatonic theory, understand chord families, understand the theory behind borrowed chords, understand triads and arpeggios, understand how to recognise and construct different chords, understand scale degrees and how to spell scales and modes, develop the ability to recognise intervals by ear and understand modal theory.

If you’re interested in booking your place in the Guitar Theory Course, fill out and submit the form below. When I receive it I’ll give you a call to talk about the next course starting date, the price of the course, what’s going on with your guitar playing and what you’d like to get out of the course. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Modes and Scales Course

The Modes and Scales Course is a comprehensive method designed to teach people what they need to know about modes and scales, how to use them for soloing and how they work within music. The course is designed for guitarists who would like to learn more about modes and scales and how to apply them.

The course runs for 6 weeks with an hour long class once a week. Classes are usually 6 to 8 people in size. Individual attention and question answering is provided

Course Content

Some of the things this course will cover are:

  • Minor and major pentatonic scales
  • Minor and major blues scales
  • Major scale (Ionian)
  • Natural minor scale (Aolian)
  • Harmonic minor scale
  • Melodic minor scale
  • Harmonic major scale
  • The modes of the major scale: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Locrian.
  • The modes of the harmonic minor scale: Harmonic minor (Aolian #7), Locrian #6, Ionian #5 (augmented major), Dorian #4, Phrygian #3 (Phrygian dominant), Lydian #2, Mixolydian #1 (altered diminished)
  • The modes of the melodic minor scale: Melodic minor, Dorian b2 (Phrygian #6), Lydian augmented (Lydian #5), Lydian dominant (overtone scale), Mixolydian b13 (Mixolydian b6), Locrian #2 (Aolian b5), Super Locrian (altered dominant)
  • Matching modes to chords and progressions
  • Modal soloing
  • Mixing modes and scales
  • Modal chord progressions
  • Modal harmony and theory

Why Take This Course?

After taking this course you’ll be able to play, understand and solo using the minor and major pentatonic, minor and major blues scales, major scale and natural minor scale, harmonic minor scale, melodic minor scale, harmonic major scale, the modes of the major scale, the modes of the harmonic minor scale and the modes of the melodic minor scale. You’ll also be able to match modes to chords and progressions, mix modes and scales, understand and recognise modal chord progressions and understand modal harmony and theory.

If you’re interested in booking your place in the Modes and Scales Course fill out and submit the form below. When I receive it, I’ll give you a call to talk about the next course starting date, the price of the course, what’s going on with your guitar playing and what you’d like to get out of the course. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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“Dean has helped me to not only play better, but to understand why I sound better through theoretical knowledge that can easily be put into practice.”

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F.A.Q.

Frequent Questions

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Why should I learn theory and will it help me play better?

Theory is basically the language of music, if you play a musical instrument it helps to speak the language you’re dealing with. Yes, theory will help you play better. Learning theory might not make you play faster (I’ve got another course for that) but it will help you a lot with WHAT you play.

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I don't want to play jazz. Are your theory courses based around jazz?

Jazz is touched on for certain things but my theory courses are mainly taught using rock, metal, pop and blues styles. None of the content in my theory courses is exclusive to jazz.

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Will I lose my feel or creativity if I learn theory?

No. If anything knowing theory will improve your feel and creativity because the more you know, the more options you’ll have to work with. You’ll also have a better understanding of what works well together and why and you’ll be able to use this to your advantage. The whole idea that theory ruins feel and creativity for guitarists is nonsense. It’s just an excuse for guitarists to dismiss theory because it intimidates them and makes them feel dumb.

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Is theory applicable to rock, metal and blues or is it just for jazz and classical?

Theory is applicable to every musical style. Knowing theory will deepen your understanding of the style of music you want to play, how to solo in your chosen style, how to write music within your chosen style and how to work out songs by ear in your chosen style. Regardless of the style of music you like, the more you know about theory the better you’ll understand that style.

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