Fretboard Theory Video Pro Pack

The Ultimate Guitar Theory Trainer and Resource Library

Understand Music, Master the Fretboard, and Make Your Playing Sound Great

Fretboard Theory is a music theory system made specifically for guitarists.

It focuses on the fretboard and explains how popular guitar songs work.

If you wonder how Eric Clapton knows which scales to play or how Jimmy Page knows which chords to combine, this is the course for you.

Not For Beginners

Before I share the juicy details about this amazing program, you need to understand that it's not for beginners.

Fretboard Theory is for intermediate to advanced level guitarists who have no trouble playing complete songs using open chords, power chords, and barre chords.

If you still need to get your general playing skills in order, click here to enroll in a course appropriate for your level.

Back to our originally scheduled program…

Playing guitar is one thing. Understanding what you play is another.

For example, it’s one thing to memorize a riff from a song using tablature, but it’s another thing to know in which scale the riff is played.

The guy who knows the scale might be able to figure out the riff by ear and then improvise a solo with it.

Likewise with chords. The gal who understands how chords go together can quickly figure out a song’s chord progression and then play various forms of the chords all over the fretboard.

Good players don’t just memorize—they know what they’re doing.

Whether you want to learn songs or create your own music, you’ll do it better when you know how things go together.

There are relationships between scales and chords. Certain things fit together like puzzle pieces on the fretboard.

Music follows well-worn trails. When you get to know these trails, you go places.

The right kind of music theory is like a light to your feet so you never get lost.

So, what exactly is the “right kind of music theory”? It depends on your interests and playing goals.

Fretboard Theory is geared specifically toward guitar and the songs you hear on classic rock radio stations.

The system works by mapping everything out on the fretboard. You see how shapes and patterns connect on the fretboard grid.

These connections are what guitarists rely upon to navigate the neck, improvise and compose.

If you’re looking for a traditional music theory course that is taught from a piano player’s perspective and emphasizes the reading of standard notation and the playing of classical music and show tunes, look elsewhere.

If you want to know why the opening chords to “Stairway to Heaven” work so well together or how Carlos Santana creates such expressive melodies, keep reading.

Fretboard Theory includes over 30 hours of video instruction. The video is organized into two levels that are each broken up into ten chapters. Each chapter focuses on a particular subject you need to know in order to master the styles of your favorite players.

Below is a summary of the first ten chapters.

Fretboard Theory Volume 1

  1. Chapter 1: Notes on the Fretboard
    You move all over the fretboard in Fretboard Theory. You need to be familiar with certain notes in order to follow along. But, you don’t need to memorize all the notes on the neck or anything crazy like that. In Chapter 1, I show you which notes you need to know and how to easily remember them.
  2. Chapter 2: Pentatonic Scale
    The pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales. It’s used for playing melodies, riffs, solos, and basslines. Think “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix and “Breakdown” by Tom Petty just to name a few examples. In Chapter 2, I show you how to use the pentatonic scale across the whole fretboard and in all keys. You get to know its two different tonalities, major and minor, as well as the version known as the “blues scale.” I provide lists of songs that feature prominent pentatonic riffs and solos so you can connect what you learn to something familiar. I go over the rules of application so you can get busy improvising over songs and jam tracks.
  3. Chapter 3: CAGED Chord System
    Have you ever watched a guitarist play chords all over the fretboard using shapes you don’t recognize and wondered how he knows where to go and what to play? In Chapter 3, I show you the five basic chord forms that naturally occur on guitar on how these forms get used in different ways all around the neck. You use the system to play arpeggios, chord inversions, and various chord voicings. You see how players such as Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, and John Frusciante use the CAGED system to create catchy chord riffs and iconic songs.
  4. Chapter 4: Minor CAGED and Connecting CAGED with Pentatonic
    Since CAGED chord forms and pentatonic scale patterns play such a big role in how guitar music is played, I dedicate extra time in Chapter 4 to go over additional details about their usage. You get to know how scale patterns and chord shapes fit together so you always know what’s under your fingers in any given position.
  5. Chapter 5: Major Scale
    Major scale patterns are also used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and basslines. Major scale patterns are more complicated than pentatonic scale patterns. In Chapter 5, you explore the different ways the major scale is played so you can settle on the patterns you find the most comfortable to play. The song lists I provide show you which familiar songs feature major scale guitar parts. You learn how to bring the patterns to life so you don't sound like you're just playing up and down scales.
  6. Chapter 6: Chord Progressions and Playing by Numbers
    Can you play a “1 4 5” or “1 6 2 5” chord progression? You will after completing Chapter 6. Numbered chord progressions are based on the harmonized major scale, which is one of the most important concepts in all of music. In this chapter, you see how the notes of the major scale get stacked to form chords, and how those chords create numbered patterns on the fretboard. These numbered patterns become the basis for most of the songs you play. The patterns are also how you know which chords go together.
  7. Chapter 7: Roots, Keys, and Applying Scales
    By the time you reach Chapter 7 in the first level of Fretboard Theory, you’re already playing over songs and jam tracks using scale patterns. But to make sure you know what to do in every situation, I take extra time in this chapter to walk you through different scenarios so you know how to find your bearings instantly no matter the song.
  8. Chapter 8: Modes
    There is no other topic that causes more confusion than modes. In Chapter 8, the confusion ends. I explain the modal concept in simple terms and show you how everything is in a mode. You’ll see exactly how modes get used in familiar songs by artists such as Bob Marley, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N’ Roses, and Grateful Dead. This information will broaden your understanding of how music is composed and provide you with ideas to make your own compositions sound light, dark, exotic, and jazzy.
  9. Chapter 9: Using Intervals
    Playing in 3rds, playing in 6ths, playing in 10ths… does this mean anything to you? Well, it will when you finish Chapter 9. You’ll also understand what’s going on in songs such as "Brown Eyed Girl,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and "Blackbird."
  10. Chapter 10: Added Chord Tones and Extensions
    This chapter addresses the meaning of all those little numbers you see in chord names like Gmaj7, Am7, and Dsus2. You move beyond basic major and minor chords to play chords with more depth and color. Unlike most lessons on this topic, you get to know how these fancy chords fit into specific songs. I make reference to the music of Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Police, and more.

Fretboard Theory Volume 2

After you complete Fretboard Theory Volume 1, you take your playing to the next level in Volume 2. The second level delves deep into composition techniques such as modal interchange, lead guitar techniques such as chord tone soloing, plus harmonic minor, passing chords, pedal point, and more. And true to the Fretboard Theory philosophy, you won’t waste your time learning overly-complicated and useless information. Everything you learn is pulled straight from familiar songs by popular artists.


  • Lifetime online access to all 30+ hours of Fretboard Theory video instruction (Volumes 1 and 2)
  • Backing tracks, neck diagrams, and full tablature to help you master every lesson
  • Links to free song lessons online so you can put the theory into practice by playing familiar music
  • Complimentary PDF eBooks you can view online right along side the video instruction
  • Separate audio files pulled from the videos so you can review the lessons while you're on the go
  • Unlimited email support directly from Desi Serna to help you with any questions along the way
  • 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee so you can try the course risk free and decide whether it’s right for you


Sign up for the Fretboard Theory course today to get the most effective guitar theory training available. Develop your playing and understanding of music into something you’ll be proud of, and do it for far less than you'd pay for traditional guitar lessons.

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"Do you want to play guitar on another level or just memorize a few chords and a couple of rhythms? If you want to know why you have never been able to progress further in your abilities and understanding of music, then Desi Serna’s material is mandatory. Understand the “why” and “how” music works.

Want to jam with people you haven’t practiced with? Then click the “purchase” button already. This material doesn’t just teach you to play popular songs, it teaches you guitar theory… and from your newly gained knowledge, YOU can play the popular songs.

Obviously, everyone works at a different pace, but I finished the first 9 lessons in a short period of time. When I reached lesson 10, I was blown away by what I had learned."

- Shad, Fretboard Theory student

"I have been playing the guitar off and on for a number of years and never seemed to progress beyond a certain point. I have purchased books and videos which taught me how to play particular riffs, scales or chords, but I still ended up not really understanding what I was doing.

As a result, I would start playing for a while and get frustrated by the fact I only had pieces of a puzzle and not a picture. Then I would put the guitar away until the next time I got the urge to really learn how to play.

However, when I decided to buy Fretboard Theory I found a system that actually helped me begin to really understand how things fit together. What I found most useful was how both the practical and the theory were emphasized, and that it was necessary to apply the theory to playing songs to really understand it.

The book references songs where the theory is applied and you can actually see the theory in action. More often than not I would find myself thinking, “Ah, that is what he is doing”. I was also impressed enough by the book that I purchased the videos that augment it. I found the combination of the book and the videos work well for me, and I am beginning to move in the direction I want to for the first time."

- MJC, Fretboard Theory student

"I have been playing guitar somewhat consistently for 25 years. “Fretboard Theory” clarified and illuminated so many concepts for me.

For instance, (before Fretboard Theory) I looked at the CAGED system a number of times, but found it uninteresting, and did not know how to apply it. Now, (after Fretboard Theory) I love the system, understand how it fits with the major scale, its arpeggios, and how to use it.

Playing guitar is my outlet and hobby; when reading and working through Fretboard Theory, I got so excited, and I felt my mind was getting the recreation it needs. There was something about gaining understanding and fitting puzzle pieces together that was absolutely therapeutic. Listening to the songs Desi lists in every section, and hearing the concept applied is more than satisfying. Desi clearly has put incredible thought into how to sequence and explain the material. It is brilliant.

Several times I would have questions as I started a new concept in the book, and then the next paragraph would answer my question. The author is also very accessible. I highly, highly recommend Fretboard Theory. It is crucial for anyone serious about guitar and anyone who wants to be."

- Pep, Fretboard Theory student

"Five years ago, I knew nothing about partial chord formations, lead patterns, the CAGED system, arpeggios, etc., and was limited to playing 'cowboy chords' in the first position. Your guitar theory course helped me get past that plateau and is honestly the most comprehensive & digestible that I’ve found anywhere on the internet. Thanks for your excellent work. I know I’m just one of the many folks that have benefitted from it."

- Sam V., Fretboard Theory student

“FINALLY someone who explains music theory in a manner I can get. After years of being at a certain skill level, I am finally moving on.”

- Jeff C., Fretboard Theory student

“The Fretboard Theory System is a MUST for any guitarist who wants to attain the full potential of knowing what they can do and where they can go in expressing themselves with their instrument!”

- Todd R., Fretboard Theory student

“I learned more in 30 minutes of Fretboard Theory than I did in taking 3 years of lessons with a really good guitar player.”

- Caulbert S., Fretboard Theory student

"About four years ago I was stuck with my guitar playing. I stopped enjoying what I could play because everything sounded the same. Then I stumbled upon Fretboard Theory. My playing has never been the same since. People are always excited to hear me play. The transformation has been amazing. Thanks, Desi!"

- Christian K., Fretboard Theory student

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Will Fretboard Theory help beginners?
The Fretboard Theory Video Pro Pack is meant for guitarists who are well past the beginning stages of learning and have no trouble playing songs using barre chords.
How am I charged for the course?
You make a one-time payment. There is no recurring fee.

Your Instructor

Desi Serna
Desi Serna

Hailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, Desi Serna is the author of several instructional guitar books and video courses. He hosts one of the most popular guitar podcasts on the Internet and has millions of views on YouTube. Desi is known for his practical, hands-on approach to music teaching, with a focus on the guitar fretboard and emphasis on popular songs. He honed his craft through decades of teaching, performing, and publishing. He lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area, and works full-time managing his website and related content.

Fretboard Theory Video Samples

Chapter 2: Pentatonic Scale Patterns

Chapter 3: CAGED Chord System

Chapter 6: Chord Progressions and Playing by Numbers

Chapter 8: Modes

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