Hey there DFW guitar players!
Jon Chorba here…
How many times have you watched a guitar lesson video, or heard a musician talk and they start throwing out terms like
“minor 7 flat five”
or “the sharp 4”
or “this next lick is in the dorian mode”
and you are just left scratching your head saying:
“WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?!?”
Well, You’re Definitely Not Alone In Feeling Like That.
I know I put off learning music theory for YEARS because everything just seemed so damn confusing.
But you have to understand this…
Music is a language and music theory is like the vocabulary and the grammar that we use to speak that language.
I mean, could you imagine trying to learn a foreign language without learning what nouns and verbs are?
Well, that’s kind of the case when you’re trying to improve your guitar skills without knowing music theory.
Now you be thinking, “Jon, I know of such and such guitar player who plays really really well and HE never learned any music theory, so why should I?”.
Well, yeah, you COULD learn to play guitar pretty well without learning any music theory…
but I’m telling you, from decades of experience in both playing and teaching…
without knowing music theory, you’re never going to realize your full potential…
you’re missing out on learning some REALLY cool stuff…
AND you’re making your musical journey 10x harder than it needs to be…
Because Here’s A Stone Cold Fact:
We live in the greatest period of time in the history of the world and that’s especially true when it comes to learning an instrument.
When I first started learning guitar, there was no internet.
I had to search and search for all of the answers I was looking for and a lot of time the sources weren’t credible.
But now, there are so many unbelievable guitar players and teachers giving away incredible knowledge for FREE on YouTube.
But…all of that juicy, world changing knowledge is going to go to waste for you if…
YOU CAN’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC!
YOU NEED TO KNOW MUSIC THEORY!
I Don’t Want You To Miss Out…
…and I definitely don’t want it to take FOREVER for you to play the guitar how you want to…
So just like how the military uses bootcamp to take flabby, out of shape, average citizens…
…and then turn them into honest to god soldiers that are ready to take on anything and everything…
I’m going to take you from knowing absolutely NOTHING about music theory to being totally fluent in the language of music…
…so that you will be able to learn anything that you want to learn on the guitar way more easily.
I’m going to put you through bootcamp.
Music Theory Bootcamp.
I’ve been teaching guitar players and demystifying the “scary” world of Music Theory for the past decade.
Ya know, when I first started playing guitar myself, I was completely self taught. So, I know firsthand how confusing all of this stuff can be.
And over the past 10 years of teaching music theory to my students, I came up with a way to break down and explain all of the terminology and concepts in a way that ANYONE can understand, follow, and remember.
And I will teach it to you in a way that is directly applicable to “real life” guitar playing.
So you’re not just learning stuff for the sake of learning it, but so that you can actually USE it on your guitar!
There Are 2 Main Reasons Why Guitar Players Have Trouble Learning Music Theory
#1) Not Learning Things In The Right Order.
Music Theory is best learned by stacking concepts on top of each other.
You really need to be able to understand A, before you can understand B, and you need to understand B before you can understand C, and so on…
So where I’ve seen a lot of confusion set in, especially with self taught students (myself included) is if you learn a piece of information like, say, the notes of a scale…
but you don’t really know why those specific notes go together…
…and why they sound the way they sound…
…then you’re making it way harder on yourself to learn the really cool advanced stuff.
I mean, you don’t start doing Calculus before you can multiply and divide, right?
So, you’ve got to know the RIGHT ORDER in learning these music theory concepts, because they truly do build off of each other.
#2) Not having an Easily Accessible Way To Continuously Test Your Knowledge.
Learning music theory is different then learning techniques or songs.
Because with learning those things, you can actually test yourself to something.
You get immediate feedback when you play your guitar as to whether something is right or wrong.
Learning music theory though, is a little bit more like old fashioned studying.
Fear not, though…
I’ve fixed both of those problems for you with Music Theory Bootcamp…
12 Weeks Of In-Depth Training
Music Theory Bootcamp is a 12 week small group class hosted at my private studio in South Arlington (I20 & 287). Class size is limited to ensure quality instruction.
You’ve been putting it off forever, even though you KNOW YOU NEED to do it…
Of course, I’m talking about, memorizing all of the notes of the fretboard.
Memorizing the fretboard is essential to understanding how music theory applies to the guitar…and…it is the first step in truly recognizing your full potential on the guitar.
Memorizing the fretboard doesn’t have to be a boring task. I will show you several little “hacks” to make memorizing all of the notes on the fretboard a super easy and fun process.
Intervals are the building blocks of chords/scales.
Learning intervals will layout a brand new map of the fretboard that changes the game for you with how you see and hear chords and scales.
The most confusion I see with students who struggle with music theory are those that know scales and chords BEFORE they know intervals.
When you master intervals before chords and scales, understanding music theory becomes 10x easier.
The Major Scale is the mother of all scales in music.
I will show you how it’s created and how to play it all over the neck of the guitar in several different ways…so that, IT STICKS TO YOUR BRAIN FOREVER
Triads are 3 note chords and can be played numerous different ways.
In Music Theory Bootcamp, I will show you how to play all of the triads of the Major Scale all over the neck of the guitar, in any key, 3 different ways
It’s kind of weird, but in a lot of music theory classes that I’ve seen or taken myself, the rhythm side of theory gets grossly ignored.
Not in Music Theory Bootcamp, though!
I will take you through all of the terminology of measures, beats, subdivisions, time signatures, being in “odd time”, and polyrhytms
and I will show you how to read the “notes on the staff” type of sheet music
In these 2 lessons, I will show you all of the chords that make up every single key in the Major Scale.
When you armed with this information, not only are you making your life 10x easier when you go to learn new songs…
…but if you write your own music or want to write your own music, you are going to fully understand what chords “go together”
We will reverse engineer songs that you love to find out and quantify WHY YOU LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE…so that you can use that information in your own songwriting
In this lesson, I will show you how the minor scale is constructed, what chords belong in every minor key, how the minor scale relates to the major scale, and how to play the minor scale in any key all over the neck of the guitar.
Probably one of the most asked questions by guitar students all over the world…
WTF ARE MODES?
I will totally demystify modes for you and show you how to play them all over the neck of the guitar…
…Modes are nowhere near as hard as you think they are.
Major and Minor Pentatonic, Harmonic Minor, and Melodic Minor are all commonly used scales in the world of rock/blues/metal/jazz.
Know what they are, how they are formed, what chords belong to them, and how to play them all over the neck of the guitar.
Music Theory is useless if you don’t know how to apply it.
In the last 2 weeks of Music Theory Bootcamp, be prepared to put all of the theory you learned to work by using it in learning songs and writing your own music.
Includes Online Course Access
Included in at no extra charge is the online version of Music Theory Bootcamp.
With access to the online course, you get all 10 lectures in video form along with PDF’s of every word covered and the diagrams and tabs for all of the chords and scales.
I am making it IMPOSSIBLE for you to NOT walk away from this course, totally confident in your understanding of Music Theory.
Quizzes To Check Your Progress
With the online access to the course, you get access to the lesson quizzes.
The quizzes will allow you to check your knowledge and track your progress as you move through Music Theory Bootcamp.
The quizzes are my absolute favorite part about this course because of all the ways that I tried to learn music theory when I first started learning, the only way that made everything click was when I started creating tests for myself.
And with this being an online course, you can take the quizzes anywhere, anytime, and as often as you’d like.
Become Fluent In The Language Of Music
With Music Theory Bootcamp, you will learn everything that you absolutely NEED to know about Music Theory.
By the end of this course, you will have been broken free of the chains of not being able to speak the language of music and you are going to open up big beautiful doors to your guitar playing.
Also With access to this course, you will also get access to my “Students Only” Private Facebook group where I give more guitar playing tips and tricks, share my knowledge, and you get to chat with other cool like minded guitar players and music lovers.
End The Confusion
Stop being confused by the terminology.
Stop limiting your potential with playing the guitar
Learn how to be fluent in the language of music.
12 WEEKS OF IN-DEPTH MUSIC THEORY TRAINING FOR SERIOUS GUITAR PLAYERS
ACCESS TO THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE COURSE ($147 value, yours free)
Classes Meet: Saturdays from 2pm-3pm
APRIL 13th – JUNE 29th