The fretLIVE Fretboard Mastery Program (May to August 2021 Group)
A Song Based Guitar Theory Course for Complete Fretboard Fluency
The current class of 40 students began on February 1st and it's been amazing so far! Students have been sharing videos of their playing and offering each other feedback and learning through a mix of pre-recorded fretLIVE lessons, quizzes, playing assignments and live zoom classes.
The next 12 week course is open for enrollment to a limited group of 40 students and will begin on May 17th, 2021.
If you're able to enroll that means there is still space available. When it fills up, you'll be able to join a waiting list for future cohorts.
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.
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN FROM THIS 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 May 17th!
Throughout Gary's career, from School of Rock, to Public School General Music and Band Teacher, to Director of Curriculum at Little Kids Rock, to starting Pow Music in 2017, there has been one single mission - to empower students to discover, play, and create music on their own terms. His role is simply to be the best guide he can be.
StartWELCOME! Some important info and links to get started!
StartThe Musical Alphabet and the Chromatic Scale (4:45)
StartOctaves, Repeat Notes, & the Multi-Directional Fretboard (5:55)
StartThe Guitar Tuning and The 5 Fret Typewriter (3:57)
StartIntro to Intervals & Your Creative Assignment (15:45)
StartJimmy Page's Chromatic Licks & Your Song Learning Challenge
StartIntro to Unit, Zoom Links, and Expectations 🎸
StartIntro to the Major Diatonic Scale (4:07)
StartHow to Create the Major Scale from the Chromatic Scale (13:51)
StartThe 5 Vertical Shapes of the Major Scale & Which to Learn First (8:35)
StartHow to Practice the Major Scale (14:40)
StartLearn a Major Scale Melody!
StartCreative Assignment: Compose a Major Scale Melody (2:27)
StartScale Reference Charts & .PDF