Then there I was one Saturday afternoon, in a music store, watching a pro guitarist play. He was playing scales all over the neck of the guitar, and sounding absolutely amazing…
I got goosebumps listening to him.
And I realized I had a lot more to learn!
I bought several music theory books and began studying them… but something was missing.
The books taught a bunch of technical terms and traditional concepts, but they didn’t help me understand the music I wanted to play better.
I began to pick up on familiar patterns in the music. It became clear which types of chords and scales were used on guitar, and which weren’t. I saw how different components of music fit together on the fretboard to make great sounding guitar parts. I realized what type of music theory mattered and what type didn’t. I progressed rapidly, then I began teaching…
The Fretboard Theory course helps people like you who want to play confidently and sound great on guitar, and completely understand what the heck is going on in popular guitar music… without wasting time and money on traditional theory that won’t help you with modern guitar playing.
I guarantee that this course includes the exact guitar music concepts that will help you go from playing a few songs and memorizing pieces slowly, to being able to compose and play nearly anything by ear… and you’ll gain the mastery you need to play confidently for others or just for yourself (and maybe your dog!) at home.
And I'll support you 100% along the way.
Sign up for the Fretboard Theory course today to get effective training and support so you play better guitar this month than you did last. Evolve your playing and understanding of guitar music into something you’ll be proud of, and do it in half the time and a fraction of the price of 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
“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
Hailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, Desi Serna is the author of several instructional guitar books and video programs including Fretboard Theory, Guitar Theory For Dummies, Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies, and Guitar Picking Mechanics. 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, and works full-time managing his business and GuitarMusicTheory.com website.