Music Theory for Guitarists: Beginners

Date Friday 20 September 2019 until Friday 13 December 2019
Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Price£98 | £92
TutorGary Lutton

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Music Theory for Guitarists: Beginners


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Music theory helps us to deepen our understanding of music and apply methods from other performers/composers to our own playing.

However, guitarists are often at a disadvantage when it comes to theory as the fretboard, unlike the keys of a piano, can be a little confusing. 

This course will teach you the fundamentals of music theory through playing the guitar. 

During the 12-weeks you will learn:

  • How to construct chord progressions in any key
  • Specific techniques used by songwriters (e.g. Beatles) to make chord progressions more interesting
  • How to improvise over any chord progression using simple scale shapes
  • How to use modes to write songs and improvise solos. 

Rather than written exercises, much of the course will be taught through learning songs and through practical exercises which instantiate the theoretical concepts. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to write songs and improvise solos in any style you wish. 

The course is open to guitarists of all abilities who wish to develop their knowledge of music theory and apply it to their playing.  

About the Tutor

Gary Lutton is a final-year PhD researcher at Ulster University and a lecturer in music at Belfast Metropolitan College.

His research focuses on developing a new improvisatory vocabulary for fingerstyle guitar, integrating theories from cognitive psychology and flow.

Gary has been a lecturer at Belfast Met for 4 years and frequently gives workshops at Ulster University, in local schools and at community events.

He is a touring musician in the UK, Europe and the US, winning Sky TV’s Guitar Star (2015) and placing 3rd in global competition Six String Theory (2014).

Gary is also a founding member of US-based record label Fretmonkey Records and co-ordinates the Belfast Guitar Night, a bi-monthly event featuring guitarists from around the globe.



Age Range16+ yrs
Half Term28 October 2019 until 03 November 2019

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