Practical Theory for Working Musicians

Music Theory Online Intensive

Learn more about this upcoming Live Online Course with Steve Briggs in the Facebook Live video (approx. 36 minutes) below or click here for FAQs.

Book before August 31st, to get 20% off - Register at $719 (CAD)

After September 1st, register at the full price of $899 (CAD)

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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 so far - 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