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 help you to advance your knowledge of music theory through playing the guitar.
You will learn:
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 be able to use these ideas to write your own songs and expand your improvisation skills.
The course is open to guitarists who already have some knowledge of music theory (for example, those who know how to construct major/minor chords and how to solo using the pentatonic scale in a given key).
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.