Essential Guitar - Harmony & Theory Basics

Dive into the world of music theory with "Essential Guitar - Harmony & Theory Basics," a course designed to elevate your understanding and application of musical concepts on the guitar. Tailored for guitarists who wish to broaden their musical perspective, this course encompasses essential theories and techniques fundamental for every guitarist's development. From mastering the notes across the fretboard to the nuances of harmonizing scales, each lesson enriches your musical vocabulary and hones your playing skills. Whether you're a novice aiming for a robust theoretical base or an intermediate player on the path to refinement, this course is your beacon in the vast sea of music theory. This course is taught by Danny Gill.

Course Overview

Fretboard Mastery

The journey of a guitarist begins with the mastery of the fretboard. This course demystifies the fretboard, offering strategies for identifying notes with precision and speed. Mastering this skill is essential for seamless navigation across the neck, facilitating quicker learning of songs, scales, and chords. It lays the groundwork for improvisation and enriches your musical expression.

The Major Scale Decoded

The major scale, the backbone of Western music theory, is meticulously unpacked in this course. Understanding the major scale is crucial for melody creation, chord construction, and improvisation skills. This knowledge opens doors to exploring additional scales and modes, enhancing your versatility as a musician.

Triads: The Building Blocks of Harmony

This course delves deep into the realm of triads, the simplest yet profound chordal structures in music. Exploring both major and minor triads, it illuminates their formation and utility in creating harmonies and enriching rhythm playing. Mastery of triads is a step towards understanding complex harmonic and melodic structures.

Intervals: The Heartbeat of Music

Intervals, the heartbeat of music, are explored in depth in this course. Learning to identify and utilize intervals across the fretboard sharpens your musical ear, assists in songwriting, and is essential for deciphering chord progressions and melodies.

Rhythm and Note Values Uncovered

Understanding rhythm and note values is fundamental to mastering timing and rhythmic execution. This course introduces a range of note values and their application in music, essential for reading music, playing in sync, and adding nuance to your playing.

Harmonizing the Major Scale

The course takes you through the process of harmonizing the major scale, a key skill for composing music and improvising. This technique is crucial for songwriters and musicians, offering a systematic approach to creating chord progressions and melodic lines.

The Advantage of Using a Backing Track

Using a backing track during practice sessions significantly improves timing, rhythm, and improvisation. This course provides a backing track that simulates a live band environment, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Practicing with a backing track is instrumental in developing ensemble playing skills and enhancing overall musicality.


"Essential Guitar - Harmony & Theory Basics" is designed to arm you with vital music theory knowledge and practical guitar techniques for your musical journey. Upon completion, you will possess a deep understanding of the guitar fretboard, the ability to construct and identify chords and scales, and the confidence to use this knowledge in a creative and expressive manner.

Guitar Techniques Employed in This Course

Here is a list of specific guitar techniques highlighted in this course, complete with resources for further learning:

Through this course, you embark on a path towards mastering the guitar, establishing a solid foundation for further musical exploration and skill development.

About The Tutor

Tutor Profile

Danny Gill

Danny Gill is, without a doubt, the most loved tutor by our community. With an incredible array of DVDs and web lessons for LickLibrary covering a wide variety of topics all of which he covers with incredible detail, it's no wonder he carries as much respect as he does. As...

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