Music Theory

Rhythm training is often neglected during musical education. Many beginners, but also advanced musicians, have difficulties keeping stroke.

With specific rhythm exercises one can learn to groove. In the beginning, the focus will be on basics like quarter notes and offbeat rhythms. Later on, topics like 16th-notes, binary and ternary rhythms and odd meters will be treated.

In general, harmony is about intervals and chords and their functions within a chord progression.

  • Intervals
  • Chords (triads and seventh-chords)
  • Upper tensions
  • Song analysis
  • Overview of the fingerboard
  • Pentatonic and Blues scale
  • Modes
  • Harmonic minor and melodic minor and their modes
  • Whole-tone scale and other scales
  • Ear training is crucial for understanding, recognizing and applying what you have learned. It is the requirement for picking out songs, riffs or solos on your own. Moreover, a well-trained ear is the basis for improvisation.

    Improvisation is about applying your knowledge and skills. With the aid of backing tracks – which can be created and recorded together – my students learn about the different sounds of various scales via the respective chords. A possible goal is the independent design and creation of solos.

    Understanding music without fear of notes

    I am happy to help you understand music and give your guitar playing more significance with this knowledge. Reading notes is not absolutely necessary to realize musical contexts in music theory. On the contrary, a separate and easy notation system has been invented for the guitar, the tabulature.