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Go beyond guitar basics, learn how music works and gets applied to the guitar fretboard, and improve your improvisational and compositional skills!

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The Fretboard Theory video courses feature over 150 lessons that teach music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more!

Guitarist, teacher, and author, Desi Serna, takes you beyond guitar basics, presenting intermediate and advanced level information on how music works and gets applied to the guitar fretboard. Through Desi's books and videos, you receive the instruction you need to increase your knowledge of music, understand the construction of popular songs, and improve your improvisational and compositional skills.

The guitar instruction available on this website is based on Desi's popular books, Fretboard Theory and Fretboard Theory Volume II, and is also closely related to Guitar Theory For Dummies and Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies.

If you already have a handle on the basics of guitar playing and you want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level and beyond, then purchase a Fretboard Theory video course today. You can preview the material before placing an order by signing up for a free tour using the form above.

Video Courses

Fretboard Theory 1

ft1Book one in the Fretboard Theory series teaches intermediate level and up players about scales chords progressions modes and more. This instruction features videos corresponding to each and every book chapter including:

  • Get to Know the Notes On the Fretboard
  • Riff and Solo with Pentatonic Scale Patterns
  • Form Chord Inversions Chord Voicings and Arpeggio Patterns with the CAGED System
  • Form Minor Chords with the CAGED System and Combine CAGED Forms with Pentatonic Patterns
  • Work with Major Scale Patterns
  • Play Chord Progressions and Use the Number System
  • Apply Scales to Chords and Progressions
  • Unravel the Mystery of Music Modes and Use Modal Scales
  • Understand and Use Music Intervals For Guitar
  • Add Chord Tones and Extensions to Chords

Package Details

  • Ten video courses
  • 86 individual video lessons
  • 21 hours of total video
  • Stream, download, or watch on DVD
  • E-book figures and audio tracks available for download

Fretboard Theory 2

play2Book two in the Fretboard Theory series picks up where the first book leaves off and takes your skills and knowledge to a whole new level. This instruction features videos corresponding to each and every book chapter including:

  • Get to Know the Key of a Song
  • Count From Key Centers and Get to Know Scale Formulas
  • Use Dominant Function Harmonic Minor and Voice Leading
  • Play Key Changes Modal Mixtures and the Circle of Fifths
  • Fill the Gaps with Chromatic Passing Chords Diminished and Augmented Chords
  • Work with Popular Lead Patterns
  • Add Major Scales and Modes to Lead Patterns
  • Outline Chord Progressions with Chord Tone Soloing
  • Explore and Apply Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns
  • Play Pedal Point and Pedal Tones

Package Details

  • Ten video courses
  • 63 individual video lessons
  • 12 hours of total video
  • Stream, download, or watch on DVD
  • E-book figures and audio tracks available for download

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The Fretboard Theory 1 video package above includes video corresponding to all book chapters 1-10. Previously, chapters 2, 3, 6, and 8 (pentatonic, CAGED, progressions, and modes) were sold on DVD and as video downloads (and chapter 1 was included along with the pentatonic and CAGED videos). If you have already purchased the previously released videos and now just need to complete your collection with the latest videos based on chapters 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10, then you can purchase just this 12 hours of footage for $99 or with DVDs for $126.50. If you have not purchased any previously released videos and you want the whole Fretboard Theory 1 video collection, then choose from the options above.

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When you purchase a product for a one-time, nonrecurring fee, you register for a member account. As a member, you:

  • Get permenant access to all purchases*
  • Stream and download videos and related files*
  • Tune in to live lessons
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  • Get added support and connect with others
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* If you opt for a monthly subscription, then you pay a recurring fee and you only get streaming access online with no option to download the video files.

Begin a Fretboard Theory course to:

  • Learn which scales are used to play melodies, riffs, solos and bass lines
  • Finger and form various types of chords, chord inversions, and chord voicings
  • Compose guitar chord progressions and play music by numbers
  • Unravel the mystery of music modes and use modal scales
  • Discover the secrets to hundreds of familar songs
  • Explore the playing styles of popular guitarists
  • Look at theory from a guitar player's perspective
  • Navigate the guitar neck like the pros

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.Can I download the lessons?

    A.Yes. All video lessons are available for both streaming and downloading in the member area. Watch online or download and view offline. Additionally, Fretboard Theory e-books, online figures, and online backing tracks are available for download.

  • Q.Can I get printed and bound books too?

    A.Paperback Fretboard Theory and Fretboard Theory Volume II books are sold separately on Amazon.com.

  • Q.Are DVDs available?

    A.Yes. Please see the buy buttons and links above.

  • Q.Can I download your For Dummies e-books?

    A.No. I do not control the distribution of Guitar Theory For Dummies and Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies. They are both published and distributed by Wiley and available at most bookstores and online retailers.

  • Q.Do you teach songs and provide song tab?

    A.For legal reasons, I can’t sell song lessons or tab, but I can link to paid and free resources posted elsewhere on the web, like my YouTube channel and blog. These song lessons are listed in the members area and within each course and lesson. Follow the links to leave the members area and view these lessons.

  • Q.Can I use the Fretboard Theory lessons together with your For Dummies books?

    A.Yes. Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies cover a very similar scope and the video lessons here make a good companion to both books. You can use the member area courses along with the books, or in place of the books.

  • Q.What happened to your original four DVD programs?

    A.The four DVD programs that were originally offered along with the first Fretboard Theory book are now all part of the Fretboard Theory 1 video package and include Getting Started with the Pentatonic Scale (Chapter and course 2), CAGED Template Chord System (Chapter and course 3), Guitar Chord Progressions and Playing by Numbers (Chapter and course 6), and Guitar Modes – The Modal Scales of Popular Music (Chapter and course 8).

About Desi Serna

Desi Serna guitar music theoryHailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Desi Serna is a music instructor and author who has written several books on guitar including Fretboard Theory, Fretboard Theory Volume II, Guitar Theory For Dummies, Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies, and How To Teach Guitar and Start Your Own Music Instruction Business. He is known for his practical, hands-on approach to music teaching, with a focus on the guitar fretboard and emphasis on popular songs. Desi honed his craft through decades of teaching, performing, and publishing. He lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area, produces all the video instruction featured in the GMT member area, and is online everyday connecting with his customers and giving guitar players personalized training and support.

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