Theory And Songwriting

anamgtr3Music Theory is the name given to the rules and regulations of the language of music, it’s sort of like grammar or a really cool type of mathematics. When you understand music theory you know how to write songs, do new and good sounding arrangements of existing songs, and select hot scales for improvising and lead guitar playing. These exciting concepts and are the sorts of thing every guitar player needs and wants to learn, recognizing them as critical to their development.These unique theory lessons focus directly on guitar playing and songwriting for guitarists. The music theory lessons are not designed to be completed in any specific time frame, but they are in a logical order, giving you an ordered course of study.

LESSON 1: Music Theory Essentials.

LESSON 2: The Major Scale And Its Intervals.

LESSON 3: Chord Spellings And Formulas.

LESSON 4: Harmonies Of The Major Scale.

LESSON 5: The Concept Of Key.

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LESSON 6: Understanding the 12 Keys, SHARP KEYS.

LESSON 7: Understanding The 12 Keys: FLAT KEYS.

LESSON 8: Cadences, Chord Patterns: The I – IV – V Lesson.

LESSON 9: Analysis And Form Of 12 Bar Blues.

LESSON 10: Psychology Of Diatonic Harmony

LESSON 11: The VI Chord and Standard Cadences.

LESSON 12: Survey Of Standard Cadences.

LESSON 13: Major Scale Mojo And Step Progressions.

LESSON 14: Compound Intervals And Musical Literacy .

LESSON 15: The Minor Scale And Its Harmonies.

LESSON 16: Minor Key Chord Patterns And Cadences.

LESSON 17: The Harmonic Minor Scale.

LESSON 18: The Circle Of Fifths And Relative Keys.

LESSON 19: Secondary Dominants.

LESSON 20: Chord Substitutions And Substitute Dominants.

LESSON 21: The World Of C, The World Of G.


“My first experience with the guitar was taking lessons from Karl Aranjo as a high school student. His lessons were more than just a collection of tips and riffs: they were a method. As I look through, I get to take a trip back through those lessons and am reminded about I loved about them. His strong focus on the fundamentals quickly draws a connection between general music theory and the particulars of how that theory can be applied to the guitar, even allowing us as guitarists to use our instrument as an abacus-like tool to enhance our musical insight. In high school, Karl’s lessons got me up to speed to jam with my friends and in the school band almost immediately. In the almost 20 years since I left high school and had my last lesson with Karl, the things he taught me have continued to serve me well; I’ve played almost continuously in a variety of styles (jazz, rock, funk, folk), both as a hobby and as a part-time professional (currently playing with San Francisco’s Smash-Up Derby). If I hadn’t grown up in the same town as where Karl taught, I might have missed out on a lifetime of fun playing the guitar. With, wherever you are, you can benefit from the same quality instruction that I had!

-Grahm Ruby

“Mr. Karl Aranjo is one great teacher to work with. When working with him, he is very flexible, and will teach you all the basics and fundamentals you will need while learning how to play the guitar. From learning basic chords to crazy licks and solo’s. You will become an expert in no time and looking like a professional guitar player. In my experience, I learned to master chord progressions much easier and understand it in a better perspective. In my music career/hobby, it has given me nothing but success to play in a band as a front man/rhythm guitarist, compose my own type of music, and as well as songs that I really wanted to learn how to play on the guitar. Learning through Karl Aranjo was a great experience and has helped me understand the guitar a lot easier, I would not have wanted this learning experience any other way.”

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