Practical Guitar Theory: Level 1
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Practical Guitar Theory: Level 1

Learn how to use theory practically in your everyday playing.
5.0 (3 ratings)
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Created by Darryl Syms
Last updated 5/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 16 Articles
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Construct and recall Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads in all keys and inversions.
  • Play one-octave Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triad Arpeggios in all keys and inversions.
  • Use all learned knowledge practically in your everyday playing whether its improvising, songwriting, band contribution, and more.
  • Play and recall multiple versions of the most popular chord forms in music.
  • Be able to improvise in typical major and minor progressions.
  • Be more confident at songwriting.
  • Be confident at playing the major & minor pentatonic scales across the whole neck.
  • Be confident at playing the modes across the whole neck.
  • Be able to convey certain feelings and emotions across in their playing.
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Requirements
  • A guitar, preferably electric.
  • Some basic techniques & ability are recommended, but not essential.
  • An interest in music theory.
Description

What is "Practical Guitar Theory"?

"Practical Guitar Theory" is a comprehensive introduction to guitar theory, tailored for guitarists of all abilities, where I will teach you all of the whys and hows of its guitar theory. I will teach you the most useful knowledge of guitar playing, and I will also demonstrate how to successfully apply this knowledge to your daily practice which I GUARANTEE you will eagerly incorporate among your daily playing.

Why should you listen to me?

Throughout my career I have taken lessons from some of the absolute best guitar players and teachers IN THE WORLD such as Christophe Godin, Guthrie Govan, Tom Quayle, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Mika Tyyska, Greg Howe, and Nick Johnston.  These players, among many others, have shaped my playing and ability into what it is today.  Combined with the knowledge that I have taken from these players, I also have 2 years of experience studying music in Torbridge Academy, an RGT Grade 8 in Guitar Playing, and I have been an active session musician and performer since my mid teens. I began teaching in 2012, and have taught hundreds of students since.

So how will these things benefit me?

I realise that not everyone has the opportunity or money to watch the musicians I have mentioned above play live - let alone take lessons with them! I am also aware that there is no obvious route to guitar mastery. With these points in mind, I have taken all of my knowledge and crafted it into guided, easy to follow video lessons. 

What makes this course any better than free YouTube lessons?

It can really take you many years of searching to find the relevant and correct information that you need to improve your guitar playing skills. By investing in this course, you will receive the right information presented in an accurate and fun way, and in the proper, most useful context. With my years of experience and array of positive testimonials and comments from my students, and on my youtube videos, you can be certain that I really know what I'm talking about. Don't waste time sifting through lessons that may not be teaching you the right or relevant things - "Practical Guitar Theory" has you covered. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who want to learn how to improvise using their ear and music theory.
  • Those who may be great players by ear, but want to know more about music theory.
  • Those who hope to pursue a career in guitar performance or songwriting.
  • Those striving toward higher education in music, either in high school or college.
  • Relatively new players who want to learn more about the theory behind the instrument.
  • Those who want to learn how to use theory practically in their playing.
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
01:36:06
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Introduction
6 Lectures 14:40

A short welcoming to my course, and an overview of what you will learn in this section.

Preview 00:56

I will visually show/teach you how to read tab in this lecture.

Preview 04:00

I will show you how to read the notes of the guitar using a fretboard diagram.

How To Read Notes Of The Guitar
03:10

I will show you how to read chord boxes in this lecture.

How To Read Chord Boxes
01:34

This document is a summary of the three lectures above, condensed into one annotated sheet.

"How To Read" Summary Sheet
00:03

I show you what the knobs on your amp mean and how to dial in a versatile tone for different applications.

Preview 04:57
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Scales
11 Lectures 30:23

I will introduce the most important scale in music! In this lecture you will not only be able to play the scale efficiently, but you will also broaden your awareness of notes.

Preview 03:34

Download the tab relating to the previous lecture.

The Chromatic Scale
00:02

One of the first practical scales that you should learn. I will show you how to play it effectively with proper technique, dynamic range, explaining the theory behind it, and I will give you a sequence to help increase your accuracy and picking speed.

Preview 05:56

Download the tab relating to the previous lecture.

The A Minor Pentatonic Scale
00:18

Similarly to the Minor Pentatonic Scale, I will show you how to play this scale effectively with proper technique, dynamic range, explaining the theory behind it, and I will give you a sequence to help increase your accuracy and picking speed.

The C Major Pentatonic Scale
01:43

Download the tab relating to the previous lecture.

The C Major Pentatonic Scale
00:18

In this lecture I will show you how to play the Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales across the entire neck, and in any key that you choose.

Unlocking The Pentatonic Scale Across The Neck In ANY Key
07:56

The examples in this tab are in the key of C major (or A minor). As I demonstrated in the previous lecture - once you master these shapes you will be able to move them accordingly into any key.

Unlocking The Pentatonic Shapes Across The Neck
00:02

In this lecture I talk you through the 7 modes of the Major/Minor Scale, unlocking even more notes and flavours across the neck! In this lecture I demonstrate each mode and show you how to remember each shape practically.

The Major & Minor Scale Modes
06:28

Download the tab relating to the previous lecture.

The Major & Minor Scale Modes
00:02

In this lecture I give you ideas on how you can go about remembering all of this information easily. Once you begin to remember each shape, it can be hard changing between them and relating them all together. In this video I give you a couple of ideas on how to combat that challenge.

How To Memorise All Of These Scales
04:02
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Chords & Triads
15 Lectures 25:53

I will show you 9 basic essential chords, that you may or may not already know are all in fact already "triads"!

9 Essential Foundation Chords
04:48

9 Essential Foundation Chords Sheet
00:02

Here you will learn how to construct a major triad.

Preview 04:10

Here you will learn how to construct a minor triad.

Constructing a Minor Triad
01:11

Here you will learn how to construct a diminished triad.

Constructing a Diminished Triad
00:59

Here you will learn how to construct an augmented triad.

Constructing an Augmented Triad
00:59

This is a summary sheet of the previous 4 lectures.

Constructing a Triad (Summary)
00:22

Here I will demonstrate different inversions of the major triad we originally learned in lecture 24. This knowledge will help you expand your options across the neck.

Major Triad Inversions
06:34

Download this Tab showing you all of the Major Triad Inversions across the whole neck in the key of A.

Major Triad Inversions
00:04

Here I will demonstrate different inversions of the minor triad we originally learned in lecture 25. This knowledge will help you expand your options across the neck.

Minor Triad Inversions
02:51

Download this Tab showing you all of the Minor Triad Inversions across the whole neck in the key of A.

Minor Triad Inversions
00:04

Here I will demonstrate different inversions of the diminished triad we originally learned in lecture 26. This knowledge will help you expand your options across the neck.

Diminished Triad Inversions
02:20

Download this Tab showing you all of the Diminished Triad Inversions across the whole neck in the key of A.

Diminished Triad Inversions
00:04

Here I will demonstrate different inversions of the augmented triad we originally learned in lecture 27. This knowledge will help you expand your options across the neck.

Augmented Triad Inversions
01:17

Download this Tab showing you all of the Augmented Triad Inversions across the whole neck in the key of A.

Augmented Triad Inversions
00:04
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Arpeggios
9 Lectures 25:12

In this lecture I will teach you some of the most useful major triad arpeggio shapes as well as demonstrate how you could go about creating your own.

Major Triad Arpeggio Examples
06:37

This is the tab download relating to the previous lecture.

Major Triad Arpeggio Tab
00:11

In this lecture I will teach you some of the most useful minor triad arpeggio shapes as well as demonstrate how you could go about creating your own.

Minor Triad Arpeggio Examples
04:35

This is the tab download relating to the previous lecture.

Minor Triad Arpeggio Examples Tab
00:11

Using our knowledge of triads when building chords, I will now show you how you can also create Diminished arpeggios across the neck. I will also expand on this and show you how to create Diminished 7th arpeggios.

Diminished Triad Arpeggio Examples
05:46

This is the tab download relating to the previous lecture. I have included the Diminished and Diminished 7th Arpeggio Examples in separate tabs.

Diminished Triad Arpeggio Examples Tab
00:18

In this lecture I will teach you some of the most useful Augmented triad arpeggio shapes as well as demonstrate how you could go about creating your own.

Preview 03:22

Here I demonstrate how I incorporate arpeggios into my improvisation and inspire you to use your own ideas.

How I Use Arpeggios In Improvisation
03:59

This is the tab download relating to the previous lecture.

Augmented Triad Arpeggio Examples Tab
00:11
About the Instructor
Darryl Syms
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33 Students
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Session Guitar Player, Performer, and Instructor

Darryl Syms is a Guitarist, Teacher, and Session Musician from Plymouth, UK. His musical career began shortly after over-hearing his former Guitar Teacher for the first time, and becoming immediately inspired. On his 13th Birthday Darryl was given his first Guitar, and did not hesitate to invest his time in regular practice and tuition.

At just 17 Darryl had experienced his first Session performing on stage as part of a musical with a Pit Band. “It was a great feeling to be able to share my enjoyment through my Guitar to such a joyful audience. I learnt a lot from working alongside the other very talented musicians and dancers too. It was from this point that I saw a door open for me into the Music Industry. It really inspired me to perform more”. For two years after, Darryl had made appearances in three bands, and was also performing cover songs independently at each opportunity possible.

Then at 18 he decided it was time to pursue his passion and make a living as a Guitar Player. “I knew it was a long shot to be able to make it with a band, so I decided to pursue a lifestyle of Teaching and Session Work”. Darryl has since picked up a variety of sessions, and has worked hard to share his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with his growing number of students.

In more recent years, Darryl has also had the pleasure to have performed, and also had lessons, with some of the best musicians on the planet such as Christophe Godin, Guthrie Govan, Tom Quayle, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Mika Tyyska and Nick Johnston. These Guitar Players have been very influential on Darryl’s playing, among many others from a variety of different musical styles.

Darryl’s dedication to playing the Guitar has inspired and led him to become a full-time active Guitar Tutor, YouTube Contributor, Composer, Producer, and Session Musician. He is also slowly working on his Debut Album, which he hopes to release early-mid 2017.