The fretLIVE Fretboard Mastery Program (February - May 2021)

A Song Based Guitar Theory Course for Complete Fretboard Fluency

UPDATE: This 12 week course began on February 1st, 2021 and is currently underway! You can sign up for the Summer Session session here:

This is not just a regular online course you buy, and then go through on your own, whenever you want, with no accountability to master the concepts and get through to the end.

This is more like a semester long college course that I'll be teaching you through both a suite of in depth fretLIVE fretboard animation video lessons and live weekly face to face small group video lessons, and you'll have 39 other classmates to interact with in a private group.

Over the course of 12 weeks, you'll take 12 sequential three part lessons. Each lesson has a theory segment with fretLIVE animations, a song lesson segment, so you can see the concept applied, and a creative assignment that challenges you to explore the concept on your own. There are also some written assignments where you'll be working with fretboard diagrams, TAB, and chord charts.

At the start of each week you'll receive an email notification that the current week's content is live, and what the expectations are for the week.

You will be joined by a cohort of 39 other students that you will interact with during live weekly zoom sessions that I will lead. I'll be offering the live sessions twice a week and you should attend one of them, but can come to both as well. One is in the early afternoon on Saturdays, and one is on Wednesday evenings.

To successfully complete the course, you'll have to share video or audio recordings of your work in a private group with your peers. If you're not comfortable with that, you'll have to email them to me.

You won't be able to skip ahead, and each weeks lesson will be released at the beginning of that week.

This is a LIVE course.


You will understand all of the fundamentals of music theory, and how it relates to the guitar fretboard.

You'll no longer feel like the fretboard is a mysterious and confusing place with areas that you are afraid to go to, and paths that you are hesitant to take.

You'll be able to find and create chords and scales on your own without charts, and be able to define them without a book or the internet.

You'll know why a chord or scale is called what it's called, it's anatomy, how to construct it on your own, and how to find it elsewhere on the fretboard.

You'll be able to HEAR the differences between different chords and scales, and be able to put a name to what you hear.

You'll know exactly what it means to be in a musical key, and all of the chords and scale shapes associated with that key.

You'll understand the structure of chord progressions, and how to easily find all of the chords in a key.

You'll understand how intervals are the basis of harmony, and how different intervals create different chords and scales....with this knowledge you'll be able to change out and replace different notes, to create new chords and scales.

When you learn or create a chord or a riff, you'll immediately know what other chords or notes would work well with that chord or riff.

You'll be able to define chord progressions, melodies and riffs by number and interval, and then be able to easily transpose that structure to any other key.

You'll develop your ear so that you can hear the difference between different intervals, chords and scales.

You'll then be able to apply that knowledge to define the musical context of the songs you learn and create. By understanding the underlying structure, you'll gain a greater sense of freedom and mastery over the fretboard and music in general.

I hope to see you on February 1st!

Your Instructor

Gary Heimbauer
Gary Heimbauer

Gary is the founder of Pow Music, an education company committed to helping musicians develop their craft, stay inspired, and share their music. Before that he served for over two years as the National Training Manager and then the Director of Curriculum for Little Kids Rock. He is also a former tenured public school band and general music teacher and taught for three years in Queens, NY. He holds a Master's Degree in Music Education from Columbia University and has been playing guitar professionally for over 13 years. He has also taught and/or created curriculum for, Musopia Apps, and Ibanez Guitars.

"My main goal is to empower students to develop and express their own musical voice." - Gary Heimbauer

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