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Practical Theory for Working Musicians

Music Theory Online Intensive

"This course has ignited in me a new passion for music theory—I had always found theory confusing and intimidating in the past... "

Learn more about this Live Online Course with Steve Briggs in this Facebook Live Info Session (approx. 22 minutes) or click here for FAQs.


Mondays 8:15pm-9:15pm ONLINE

September 12th, 2022 to Jan 30th, 2023. 

(Registration now closed)

Have questions? Want to Register?

I'm in a 4-piece contemporary rock band with a drummer, a bassist and a singer-songwriter in which I have great creative latitude to morph his songs.

Just about every one of the 30 original tunes has an idea or principle that I've learned from you - eg. Today I've put the Dorion pentatonic scale to good use in a up-beat, slightly bluesy 12-bar that has transformed its vibe very nicely.

So - thanks for all you've done - the journey is tremendous.

- Paul G.

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Practical Theory for Working Musicians

Lesson Plan

Lesson 1:  Introducing the Course: What to expect

Lesson 2: Intro to Major and Minor Triads

Lesson 3: Intro to Chord Progressions

Lesson 4: Intro to Chart Writing Pt. 1

Lesson 5: The Pentatonic Scale

Lesson 6: Chart Writing Pt. 2

Lesson 7: Chart Writing Pt. 3 & Intro to the Harmonized Mixolydian Scale

Lesson 8: Intro to Colour Chords

Lesson 9: Modulations and the Circle of 5ths

Lesson 10: Modulations Pt. 2 & Transpositions

Lesson 11: The Dorian Scale & Intro to Modes

Lesson 12: The Four Types of Triads, Inversions and Slash Chords

Lesson 13: Four-note Chord Voicings & Extended Chords Explained

Lesson 14: Harmonizing with Major and Minor Pentatonic

Lesson 15: Compound Thirds

Lesson 16: Borrowed Chords & Non-Diatonic Chords

Lesson 17: Secondary and Primary Dominant 7th Chords Pt. 1

Lesson 18: Dominant Chords Pt. 2 Ascending and Descending Lines


- A guitar, and a desire to learn
- Basic finger dexterity (be able to move from chord to chord)
- Knowledge of the basic open chords 
- No prior theory knowledge necessary

A plus, but not essential:
- Knowledge of barre chords
- Knowledge of the notes found on the fretboard


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