Music Theory, Guitar and Ear Training
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Music Theory, Guitar and Ear Training

Learn music theory, guitar and ear training while developing your intuitive musical "body knowledge"!
4.4 (85 ratings)
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922 students enrolled
Created by Will Edwards
Last updated 6/2019
English [Auto]
Current price: $41.99 Original price: $59.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 36 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Clearly understand chords and harmony.
  • Understand how Harmony and Melody are related via chord tones.
  • Unlock the connection between simple rhythm and a great groove!
  • Learn how to use your ears to accurately and quickly understand music, learning songs faster by ear.
  • Dissect the most common chord progressions used in hit songs.
  • Use harmony, melody and rhythm to play the 12 bar blues (and hundreds of popular songs)!
  • Before taking this course, you should have a guitar and be able to play a few basic chords


I've completely replaced the original course with 76 all-new video lessons!  There are several new resources and downloads and lots and lots of brand-new hands on demonstrations!  I'm trying to meet the needs of all my students (new and old) while keeping this course fresh and updated.  thanks for your support! -Will


This course combines music theory for guitar with in-depth explanations of harmony, melody and rhythm.  You'll learn how these concepts relate to playing (and understanding) music by ear.

Finally, you can develop your musicianship beyond academics and technique.   You'll discover how philosophy, intuition and emotion play an essential role in your music.  Plus, learn to recognize chords with Ear Training.

  • Learn intuitively from graphically enhanced lectures 

  • Understand how to “groove” 

  • Hear and recognize “tension” and “resolution” chords by ear 

  • Discover and understand common chord progressions 

There’s more to music than just academics and technique. Learn music theory guitar skills.

Finally, you can learn music theory for the guitar through convenient, refreshing and engaging lessons.  Whether you’re a beginner, adult student, a regular performer or aspiring song-writer, you can learn how to go beyond scales and chords into the realm of self-expression. You'll develop a holistic understanding of music through 37 face-to-face video lessons.  You'll quickly begin developing an understanding that you can build on and grow with for the rest of your life!

Content and Overview

This course is ideal for beginner, adult students and intermediate guitarists. I’ve thoughtfully prepared 37 clear, concise lectures.  Each section explains a specific element in music by focusing on music theory and ear training - in the context of the guitar.  This course focuses on useful topics that will teach you a holistic approach to music (including ear training). You’ll begin with in-depth lectures that cover all of the essential information about harmony and melody that you'll ever need. Many lectures include hands-on activities and exercises designed to apply the skills you'll be learning.

Throughout this course, you’ll discover the power of your intellect to learn new material, while also leveraging the flexibility of your intuition to understand concepts like groove, tension and resolution.

The later sections of the course explain Rhythm, The Blues and Ear Training. You’ll learn how to play guitar, following chord diagrams, guitar tab and music notation. You’ll understand why and how hit songs often contain the same chords. You’ll also learn how to use your ears to learn new music quickly and accurately.

As a performing musician and private instructor with over 12 years of professional experience, my methods not only explain how music fundamentals work logically, but also demonstrate the interconnected relationships that are essential to understand if you want to play music by ear and from the heart.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for beginner and intermediate guitarists who want a well-rounded and practical musical foundation.
  • This course is ideal for beginner and intermediate guitarists who want practical methods for understanding and learning songs by ear.
  • This course is not intended for advanced guitarists who already understand music theory, rhythm and can play by ear.
Course content
Expand all 76 lectures 04:10:51
+ Introduction to Playing Guitar Intuitively
7 lectures 22:56
Role of the Intellect in Music
Role of Intuition in Music
Chord Theory You'll Be Learning
Melody Theory You'll Be Learning
Perfect Practice "Sandbox"
Strumming, Chords and Your Ear
+ Essential Guitar Chord Theory
17 lectures 43:19
Harmony Explained
Where Chords Come From
Chords and Emotion
Hands On with Major Chords
Hands On with Minor Chords
Hands On with Diminished Chords
Hands On with Half Diminished Chords
Hands On with Augmented Chords
Hands On with Dominant Chords
Hearing Dominant Resolution (V-I)
Chord Inversion Introduction
Chord Inversion Examples
Common Chord Progressions
Rootless Chords and Upper Structures
Using What You've Learned
Harmony Review
+ Essential Guitar Melody Theory
9 lectures 30:04
Introducing Melody Theory
Scales & Keys Explained
Sharps (#) and Flats (♭) Explained
Enharmonic Equivalents Explained
Major Scale Pattern for Beginners
Minor Scale Pattern for Beginners
About Choosing & Using Scales
Melody Theory Wrap Up
+ Introduction to Embellishments
10 lectures 30:12
Introduction to Embellishments
Learn Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs
Introduction to Fretboard Slides
Hands On Practicing Slides
Introduction to String Bending on Guitar
When to Use Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs
When to Use Fretboard Slides
When to Use String Bending
Embellishments Wrap Up
+ Practicing with a 12-Bar Blues
8 lectures 29:28
8,16 & 12 Bar Blues Explained
The Blues is NOT Just for Blues Players :)
The Blues as a Practice "Sandbox"
Quick to The 4 Blues Explained
8 Bar Blues Explained
Playing in All 12 Keys
The Blues Wrap Up
+ Strumming Better Rhythms
14 lectures 51:46

Gain some clear direction on using the lessons in this section to improve your rhythmic playing and strumming.

Strumming Overview

Learn about how to "tap" into your body's innate ability to track rhythms reliably.

Keeping Time (Tapping & Counting)

Let's walkthrough the essential note values.  Learn how to count and track these fundamental building blocks of good rhythm.

Note Values

The "1" indicates our main guide in rhythm, so you'll need to know where to find it!

Preview 02:30

The next step is to subdivide our beats (where cool rhythms become possible). 

Measuring Time with Duple & Triple

Let's look at some real applications of subdivisions in music.

Introduction to Subdivision

We'll clarify when upstrokes and downstrokes should be used so that you can learn to do it intuitively in more complex rhythms.

Upstrokes & Downstrokes

Discover how duple and triple subdivisions are used to craft better music.

Mixing Duple & Triple Rhythms

Learn how music gains (or lacks) cohesion.  These are crucial elements in popular music.

What Are "Feel" & Groove?

Develop an understanding of why and how to use a metronome in your practice routine to help learn good rhythm.

How to Use a Metronome

This is a hands on exercise that will help you develop a good practice routine that includes rhythm training.

Hands On with Emphasizing Subdivisions

We'll build on the last lesson and formulate a targeted rhythm practice routine.

Rhythm Practice Exercise

Review the key points to take away from this group of rhythm lessons.

Why Counting Time is SO Important!

Let's pull things together with more exercises suggestions and concepts to look for as you develop your skills.

Strumming Wrap Up
+ Predicting Chords By Ear
9 lectures 33:29

See what this section is all about and how it will strengthen your skills.

Intro to Identifying Chords by Ear

Discover how intervals can be described as consonant or dissonant and study interval by interval.

Intro to Consonance & Dissonance

Walk through all the intervals within a major scale and learn which how to begin hearing their intervallic identity.

Hands On with Consonance & Dissonance

Learn about chord scales, chord consonance and dissonance - this is the first step for predicting chords by ear.

NOTE: Watch through to the end for a better explanation of the Bm and Em chords (I correct my statement about the "3" chord later in the lesson).

Preview 08:54

Learn how songwriters create the most grounded conclusion in a chord progression!

Resolution & The Authentic Cadence

Practice listening to the "sound" of a V chord circling back.

Tension & The Half Cadence

Learn to spell the V chord in the key of G major and learn how and why the D7 (V) sounds tense and resolves well - this is a deeper look at the music theory relating to the most important chord change in Western music (V > I)!

Dominant Chords & Tritones

Learn to hear suspension (not the same as "sus" chords).

Suspension & The Plagal Cadence

Summarize the steps we've taken and review the best steps for developing your musical ear.

Chords By Ear Wrap Ups
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 09:37

Understanding how to design your own practice routine will dramatically improve your playing and maximize your progress.

Wrap Up & Next Steps

Discover more free content designed specifically for students of this course!  Materials include jam tracks, chords scales, numerals and more practice rhythms.

Bonus Lecture: Additional Resources