Does any of this sound familiar?
Playing the same things over and over.Every time you grab your guitar you play the same chord progressions and licks that you’ve had on loop for the last 6 months (or more!).
Losing your motivation.You’re a self-taught guitarist without the help of a teacher to guide you in the right direction.
Getting lost at the first mention of a minor 3rd? Flinching at the first sign of any technical terminology, thinking "it’s not for me”.
Paralysis at the prospect of jamming with friends. Unable to come up with an interesting chord progression or anything resembling a guitar solo.
Frustrated by all the conflicting information.Wasting time in a YouTube black hole watching lesson after lesson, thinking you’re progressing but not actually applying any of it in your own playing.
Sound like you? Then you've come to the right place!
Imagine if you could do the following:
- Master the fretboard and have the notes down cold;
- Create melodies that sound awesome because you knowing exactly which notes will work over any chord or progression;
- Know instinctively which chords work well together (and why) to begin creating your own progressions and songs;
- Learn songs by ear with a solid understanding of what chords and notes you can expect to find in any given piece of music;
- Feel confident in your playing and jam sessions and be able to communicate your ideas to other musicians; and
- Recognise why a piece of music makes you feel a certain way.
"My music knowledge has improved significantly since purchasing Essential Theory. I’ve been able to directly apply Ry’s concepts to my lessons and practice. I’ve even managed to impress my teacher with how much I’ve learnt.
Essential Theory has saved me so much time. It would have taken a lot longer learning the concepts in my weekly lessons or surfing the net for the same information.
I love that it’s self paced, easy to follow, has video clips to help reinforce the lessons and that Ry is available when I need clarification."
- Karen Woods, Australia
This course is the first step in getting you to all of these things.
But do you need music theory?
Simply put, yes you do! Music theory is not about learning rules or restricting yourself creatively. Music theory is about figuring out what makes music work!
There are lots of ‘light-bulb’ moments in store for you, I promise!
"Ry has a very relaxed, yet thorough teaching manner/skill, and his lessons are set at a pace that allows you to fully absorb their extremely accurate content.
I am confident that anyone taking this course will definitely, and comfortably further their own level of guitar knowledge and ability, and will reap dividends from its content … I certainly did"
- Phil James, UK (The Guitar Asylum Facebook Group)
Hey, I'm Ry Naylor and I am a British guitar instructor and professional transcriber based in Toulouse, France, with over twenty years of experience.
I am passionate about enlightening my students’ understanding of what they play through the application of music theory in a clear, concise and fun way.
This approach is behind my hugely successful Instagram account with over 55,000 followers, and my YouTube channel with over 32,000 subscribers and over 3,5 MILLION views.
What’s included in the course?
- Lifetime access to all the modules, and free updates to the course
- Over 3 hours of in-depth video lessons with accompanying tab and on-screen fretboard diagrams
- Support and feedback in our private Facebook Group
- A comprehensive, 123-page PDF course workbook covering all the content
"I started with Ry’s fretboard knowledge eBook which he offered for free, and decided to sign up for ‘Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory’. What I found was a great course that teaches you the absolute basics of music theory, building a solid foundation for further learning.
Ry is not like other music teachers, he presents all the information in a clear and approachable manner. The interface is very clean and user friendly.
You can tell Ry wants everyone to be able to make music."
- Claudio Luis Vergara, Australia
StartGet the manual (and join us on Facebook)
StartBONUS: Get your Scale Book
PreviewThe Guitar Pitch Axes (2:37)
StartDefining 'Pitch' and 'Notes' (1:00)
StartThe Language of Music - Learning its Alphabet (2:32)
StartInsight Into The Tuning of the Guitar Strings (1:21)
StartMapping out the Musical Alphabet Across The Fretboard (2:32)
StartDefining The Distances 1 - The Whole Step (or Tone) (1:28)
StartDefining The Distances 2 - The Half Step (or Semitone) (0:57)
StartEXERCISE - Visualizing the Musical Alphabet all over the fretboard (1:45)
StartQUIZ - Test your new knowledge
StartFilling The Gaps 1 - Sharp Notes (2:01)
StartFilling The Gaps 2 - Flat Notes (1:43)
StartAren't They The Same Note? Defining Enharmonics (1:04)
PreviewHow All The Notes Fit Together - The Note Clock (1:01)
StartPlaying The Chromatic Scale (3:42)
StartQUIZ - Test your new knowledge
PreviewOverlapping Strings and Moving Notes (3:05)
StartFinding Notes Using Octave Shapes 1 (2:23)
StartFinding Notes Using Octave Shapes 2 (1:34)
StartLinking the Octave Shapes For Fretboard Domination (2:47)
StartEXERCISE - Visualizing the Octave Shapes (0:13)
StartHorizontal Note Finding for Fretboard Memorization (2:00)
StartThe ULTIMATE Exercise For Fretboard Memorization (2:40)
Who is Essential Theory for?
- Late beginner/early intermediate players with limited understanding of music theory.
- Players who are keen to get under the hood and figure out the inner workings of music.
- Players who want to grow as musicians.
Who is Essential Theory NOT for?
- Intermediate to advanced players who have their fretboard memorised and can reel off the intervals of the Phrygian dominant
- Hobbying guitarists that aren’t interested in taking their playing to the next level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) nailed it when he said:
"You practise technique to get your fingers to go where you want them to go.
You practise theory to understand where they can go and why."