Dr. Quentin Angus
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Music Theory Bootcamp

Decode the music you love.

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WHo it's for

All levels

Whether you're a seasoned pro who learned by ear or complete beginner, this Bootcamp is a game changer.

Time

12 weeks

Quentin will guide you through 6 levels of step-by-step instruction with daily practice plans and assessments.

Outcome

Decode music you love

Transform the way you hear, play, and write music by mastering core theory principles through the lens of guitar.

JUST THE START

Take the next step

Once you've mastered theory, keep progressing with advanced Master Classes and guided learning paths.

What you'll learn

Who said theory had to be confusing and boring? This Bootcamp will transform how you play and write music.

  • No prior music theory knowledge needed.
  • Keep the focus on music – apply everything you learn to your guitar with daily guided practice exercises.
  • Analyze real songs from a diverse selection of artists like the Beatles, Post Malone, and many more.
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

In this 12-week Bootcamp, Dr. Quentin Angus will teach you how to decode the science behind the sound of music.

The Fundamental Elements of Music

Get an overview of the core principles of music, how we define sound, and basic scale construction.

These first 14 days are where you'll learn the basics of music theory and build a solid foundation for advanced concepts in later levels.

Introduction to Harmony and Rhythm

Level 2 is where the real work begins!

Over 14 days, you'll explore a sampler platter of fundamental theory concepts including how to build chords, analyze chord progressions, and get comfortable with fundamental rhythms.

Unlocking Major Key Harmony

In Level 3, you’ll focus solely on harmony (AKA chords).

Across 14 days of instruction, you'll learn to create chord progressions in any key and identify the theory behind songs with only your ears. These lessons will have massive implications for how you perceive music with only your ears.

Level 4. Why is Rhythm So Important?

Hone your sense of rhythm, demystify advanced polyrhythms, and learn some metronome tricks. (14 days)

Level 5. Chord Progressions Explained

Explore advanced harmonic concepts and learn how to write beautiful chord progressions while using iconic songs as case studies. (14 days)

Music Theory Toolkit

Want more? Need a refresher? Quentin breaks down key theory topics in this series of quick bonus lessons.

Additional levels coming soon!

Curriculum

Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.

3-Month Plan

Level 1. The Fundamental Elements of Music

Get a gentle introduction to music theory by zooming way in and way out on the core principles of music.

Overview

Join your mentor Quentin as he guides you through the basic tenets of music. This is Music Theory 101.

Day 1. Music

Define music and break it down into four core elements.

Day 2. Timbre

Learn about the uniqueness of sound.

Day 3. Rhythm

Learn about the fundamentals of pulse and meter.

Day 4. Dynamics

Learn how changing intensity helps us tell a captivating musical story.

Day 5. Texture

Learn how various musical elements combine to create texture.

Day 6. Form

Learn how a song is organized and analyze your favorite tunes.

Day 7. Genre

Learn the characteristics of various genres.

Day 8. 12 TET

Learn about the tuning system we use in Western music.

Day 9. Note Names on Piano

Learn about the tuning system we use in Western music.

Day 10. Note Names on Guitar

Apply your piano note-name knowledge to guitar.

Day 11. Tonality

Learn about the aural difference between major and minor keys.

Day 12. Major Scale

Learn the ins and outs of the most important scale in Western music.

Day 13. Natural Minor Scale

Learn how to derive the natural minor scale as a major scale mode.

Day 14. Assessments

Review what you learned and pass a series of tests to make sure you're ready for Level 2!

Level 2. Introduction to Harmony and Rhythm

Level 2 is where the work really begins! You’ll leave this level with a rock-solid foundation for rhythm and chord progressions.

Overview

This level of the Bootcamp is all about chords and rhythm. Over the next 14 days, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of these fundamental concepts, learn how they’re used in popular music, and apply them to your own playing.

Day 1. What are Chords?

Gain a deeper understanding of the construction and function of chords.

Day 2. Intro to the Numbers System

Get acquainted with the numbers system – an essential tool you’ll use to identify and play chord progressions.

Day 3. The Numbers System (Continued)

Continue to learn the ins and outs of the numbers system – an essential tool for musical communication and analysis.

Day 4. Applying Triads to the Guitar

Learn how to add spice and color to basic triads.

Day 5. Intro to Seventh Chords

Get started with seventh chords – a colorful and versatile chord shape.

Day 6. Changing Keys and Finding Tonalities

Learn how to transpose music to a new key and distinguish between major and minor keys.

Day 7. Common Chord Progressions

Gain a deeper understanding of songwriting theory by examining case studies of common chord progressions in popular music.

Day 8. Original Progressions

Fuel your songwriting by developing the skills needed to compose original chord progressions.

Day 9. What is Rhythm?

Get acquainted with the fundamental music theory of rhythm – the most important element of music.

Day 10. Whole, Half, and Quarter Notes

Learn the basic theory of fundamental rhythmic subdivisions.

Day 11. Eighth and Sixteenth Notes

Explore more rhythmic subdivisions by learning the theory of eighth and sixteenth notes.

Day 12. Triplets

Learn the theory of the most complex subdivision yet – triplets.

Day 13. Case Studies

Fuel your songwriting skills by analyzing the harmonic structure of iconic songs.

Day 14. Assessments

Review what you learned and pass a series of tests to make sure you're ready for Level 3!

Level 3. Unlocking Major Key Harmony

In this level, you'll take a deep dive into major-key chordal concepts to fuel your rhythm playing and songwriting.

Overview

Over the next 14 days of instruction, you’ll learn to create chord progressions in any key and identify the theory behind songs with only your ears.

Day 1. Review of the Numbers System

Get a refresher on every songwriter's best friend – the numbers system.

Day 2. Scale-Tone 7ths

Learn how to color in your major-key scale-tone chords with 7th-chord voicings.

Day 3. Lead Sheets and Roman Numeral Analysis

Get acquainted with the basic architecture of a lead sheet and start analyzing songs using the numbers system.

Day 4. Chord Nomenclature and Slash Chords

Develop an understanding of how to name chords and learn how to incorporate colorful bass notes in your chords with slash chords.

Day 5. Circle of 5ths

Study the circle of 5ths to better analyze and understand the movement of chord progressions.

Day 6. Formula for All 12 Keys

Learn how to determine the sharp and flat notes for all 12 keys.

Day 7. Numbers to Chords Practice

Start honing your ability to translate numbers system progressions to chord names.

Day 8. Chords to Numbers Practice

Reverse yesterday's process to adapt a chord progression into the language of the numbers system.

Day 9. Roman Numeral Analysis

Learn how to understand and recognize patterns in numbers system chord progressions.

Day 10. Case Studies

Analyze iconic songs through the lens of the numbers system.

Day 11. Case Studies (Part II.)

Continue analyzing the chord progressions of iconic songs.

Day 12. Aurally Recognizing Chords

Learn how to identify the basic chordal movements in a song using nothing but your ears.

Day 13. Aurally Recognizing Chords (Part II.)

Continue training your ears to recognize chordal movements.

Day 14. Assessments

Review what you learned and pass a series of tests to make sure you're ready for Level 4!

Levels 4 and 5 – Advanced Rhythmic and Harmonic Concepts

Take your theory skills to the next level with complex rhythms and industry-standard songwriting techniques.

Level 4. Why is Rhythm So Important?

This level puts the spotlight back on rhythm – the most important (and often-overlooked) aspect of music. Over the next 14 days, you'll hone your theoretical understanding of and ability to play rhythm on guitar.

Day 1. Whole and Half Notes/Rests

Kick off the level by further developing your understanding of fundamental subdivisions.

Day 2. Quarter and Eighth Notes / Rests

Continue developing your understanding of fundamental subdivisions by studying quarter and eight notes/rests.

Day 3. Sixteenth Notes/Rests

Speed things up and work on sixteenth-note subdivisions.

Day 4. Triplet Notes/Rests

Tackle the trickiest fundamental subdivision: triplets.

Day 5. Combinations and Practice I (Clapping)

Work on internalizing rhythmic subdivisions through clapping practice.

Day 6. Combinations and Practice I (Guitar)

Work on applying rhythmic subdivisions to your guitar playing.

Day 7. Combinations and Practice II (Clapping)

Continue internalizing rhythmic subdivisions through clapping practice.

Day 8. Combinations and Practice II (Guitar)

Continue applying rhythmic subdivisions on the guitar.

Day 9. Syncopation

Learn the fundamentals of how to dance around the beat.

Day 10. Hemiola

Learn how to apply this specific polyrhythm to your guitar.

Day 11. Time Feel

Gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to play with great rhythm.

Day 12. Metronome Tricks

Hone your rhythm skills with these fun exercises.

Day 13. Writing Your Own Riffs and Songs

Learn how to incorporate your new rhythmic skills in a songwriting context.

Day 14. Writing Your Own Riffs and Songs II

Continue adapting your new rhythmic skills to the songwriting process.

Assessments

Wrap up with a few assessments to benchmark your progress.


Level 5. Chord Progressions Explained

In this level, you'll explore advanced harmonic concepts and learn how to write beautiful chord progressions. Over the next two weeks, you’re going to learn a series of harmonic concepts that will seriously transform your compositional skills and chordal playing.

Day 1. Extensions

Learn how to add color to your chords through extensions.

Day 2. Perfect, Plagal, and Deceptive Cadences

Develop an understanding of how specific chordal movements can induce and resolve tensions within a chord progression.

Day 3. Relative and Parallel Minor

Learn how to transition from a major to a minor key within a song.

Day 4. Minor-Key Harmony

Further develop your harmonic foundation by exploring chords in a minor key.

Day 5. IV Minor

Get a quick songwriting technique under your belt by changing the tonality of the IV chord in a major-key progression.

Day 6. Harmonic Suspension

Explore how you can manipulate chords by “suspending” them for added tension and release.

Day 7. Diatonic Substitutions

Explore how to spice up your songwriting with reharmonization.

Day 8. Secondary Dominants

Learn a quick technique to manufacture tension by temporarily reframing a chord as your tonic I chord.

Day 9. Modulations

Practice changing keys within a song.

Day 10. Chromatic and Out-of-Key-Center Chords

Spice up your songs by including non-diatonic chords.

Day 11. Roman Numeral Analysis of Songs I

Analyze chord progressions that use the techniques you've been studying.

Day 12. Roman Numeral Analysis of Songs II

Continue analyzing chord progressions that use techniques introduced in Level 5.

Day 13. Writing Your Own Riffs and Songs

Put the skills you've learned into practice by writing your own chord progressions.

Day 14. Assessments

Recap what you learned and wrap up with a few assessments to benchmark your progress.

Additional levels coming soon!

Student stories

Learn how Music Theory Bootcamp has helped real guitarists break through their playing plateau and realize their potential.

“My favorite part about Pickup Music is probably nerding out in the forum with everyone. Just knowing you have a creative community to reach out to if you have any questions or you're stuck in a rut.”

Vicki Huang

United States

"I would highly recommend Pickup Music to pretty much anyone who has been playing for a few years and doesn't feel like they are getting better any more."

James Harrod

United Kingdom

“One of the things that's been the most fun for me has been the SongSquad challenges... connecting with other people in the Pickup Music community on Instagram and just encouraging each other as we're learning songs and practicing.”

Vin Thomas

United States

"Pickup Music really helped me push my musical boundaries."

Wytse Hokwerda

Germany

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Finally, we give you support and feedback through an exclusive members community and live practice group sessions with other members. This focused approach to learning guitar will help you bust through the beginner basics, break out of the intermediate plateau, and level up your playing.

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Whichever approach you choose, we recommend building the exercises you learn into your daily practice schedule. The best way to improve as a guitarist is through a consistent practice routine rather than sporadic, longer  sessions. Learning guitar is a day-by-day, life-long journey!

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Most importantly, we make sure you don't get stuck in the beginner's plateau - a common pitfall for guitarists who are just starting out. You'll keep making progress through Pickup Music's guided Bootcamps. These programs are designed to quickly take you from a beginner player to an intermediate one who feels comfortable across the whole fretboard.

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When you first start learning guitar, it's okay to bounce around with random free lessons on YouTube and searching for TABs online. 

That approach is going to make you an OKAY guitar player, but it's not going to help you take that leap to becoming a serious guitarist - a player who can:

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To become a serious guitarist, you need a clear learning pathway to get to the next level. You need to free your mind and unlock your fret board - you can do this with Pickup Music's expert step-by-step instruction. Having this clear learning pathway is  key to making real progress on the guitar.

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Signing up for a Pickup Music membership also means that you can stop wasting your time and effort trying to guess what you should practice next. Our guided programs eliminate the guess work so you know exactly what you need to focus on each day and week to make lasting progress with guitar. This will increase your efficiency and speed up your progress.

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