The Rudiments

Learn the rudiments of music theory and how they apply to guitar.

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This course looks at the why behind music. We will build a ground up understanding of the theory behind why certain things sound good. If you've already learned a number of things but want to look "under the hood" of music, this class is for you. If you're new to the instrument this class will lay a solid foundation for everything you will do.

We first examine the main building block of music, the major scale. We analyze what makes it a major scale and how you can figure out the notes in any major or minor scale. We then look at how you can play these scales across the guitar neck. From there we study triad chords and how to play them. Along the way I will show you how to work on these things and how to apply them to your music.

It may not seem like a lot but there is a wealth of information here that will lay a strong framework for everything you do on guitar.


The Rudiments - Introduction

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Course Curriculum


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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?
After enrolling for a one-time payment, 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?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, send an email to [email protected]
How much experience do I need for the courses?
The rudiments starts right at the very beginning; you need no prior experience with music theory. It progresses to some more difficult topics, so, even if you have a bit of theory experience this will solidify the basics and help you advance.
Is there a certain genre that these courses work best for?
What I teach is music theory and how it applies to guitar. This is not genre specific though classical musicians look at these things slightly differently than the rest.
I don’t play guitar, will these courses help me?
The concepts I teach are universal and apply regardless of instrument. But be aware, I do spend a fair bit of time looking at how it specifically applies to guitar.
Lot’s of guitarists offer courses, why should I get yours?
There are lot’s of options out there, what makes each course unique is the person teaching them. If you enjoy learning from me on YouTube, you will enjoy these courses. Especially since the animating in my courses was outsourced and is beyond anything I could do on my own.

Your Instructor


samuraiguitarist
samuraiguitarist

samuraiguitarist brings his work to the world on YouTube, with an eclectic style that mixes rock, country, and jazz influences that bring new life to familiar favorites. A background rooted in songwriting and a driving passion for music help his work truly shine, making samuraiguitarist a musician you’ll definitely want to get familiar with.

samuraiguitarist’s musical journey began at age 13, after he saw rockers Blink-182 perform their hit “All the Small Things” on the MTV Video Music Awards. samuraiguitarist notes, “I asked my parents if I could take up guitar the next day. They were slightly reluctant at first […] but I eventually persuaded them.” The young musician began taking guitar lessons, eager to learn as much as he could, and by age 16 was even playing in his own band around his hometown of Winnipeg.

samuraiguitarist’s passion took him to Toronto and Humber College, where he continued to study music. While his initial interests were in classic rockers like Led Zepplin, Guns N’ Roses, and Aerosmith, music school expanded his tastes. The guitarist began listening to jazz, citing Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny as some favorites. But something clicked when samuraiguitarist began listening to country music, which he felt, “sounded like classic rock and roll with a slight twist.” He began to focus on songwriting, with a plan to focus on writing mainstream country songs.

samuraiguitarist’s songwriting goals brought him to Nashville multiple times, with the creator constantly writing songs and hunting for inspiration. “I’d walk through the world with ‘songwriter glasses’ on,” says samuraiguitarist, “always looking for little phrases or ideas that could inspire a song.” That observational ability would be an asset as he began creating YouTube videos. Now, he walks the world with “video glasses,” looking for anything that might inspire his next work.

The guitarist was inspired to share his music on YouTube after he saw a friend’s band have success on the platform. At first, he gauged interest by sharing short 15 second music clips to Instagram, and after gaining a small following decided to make the jump to longer format videos on YouTube. samuraiguitarist blend his musical influences of rock, country, and jazz for original, unique covers. Even more impressive is the fact that he arranges the covers for multiple instruments, and plays all the parts, and edits them together for a seamless display of musical prowess.

Ultimately, samuraiguitarist’s glad he was able to find his passion early on. “If you have a clear idea of who you are and what you want to do, the only thing separating you from that goal is time and effort,” says the guitarist. Thankfully, he’s putting that time and effort into producing even more killer videos. In the coming months, fans can expect to see even more covers pop up from samuraiguitarist as well as musical tips and advice.


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