Music Theory For Life Masterclass by Steve Stine

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4.93 out of 5 based on 29 customer ratings
(29 customer reviews)

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Music Theory For Life Masterclass is a 12-week online masterclass that helps guitarists of all skill levels master music theory, play songs faster, and create inspiring guitar solos from scratch.

  1. You’ll “see” scales and chords across the entire fretboard with easy-to-learn shortcuts
  2. You’ll connect what you learn and supercharge your rhythm and lead guitar technique
  3. You’ll play your favorite songs in minutes and create musical guitar solos from scratch


Here is what you get:

  • 12h of Online Video Lessons
    Downloadable Tab Book
    Live Lesson Recordings
    Quiz For Each Weekly Lesson

Preview Videos

A Simple Scale That Works As A “Musical Dictionary”

One Sneaky Trick To Memorize The Major Scale

How Triads Are Made And What That Means For You

How To Change Any Major Scale To Minor

Here’s What You’ll Discover In Music Theory For Life Masterclass

Week 1: Fundamental Theory

  • What is music theory? And how it can help you skyrocket your progress on guitar.
  • Easy music theory concepts and how to apply them to the fretboard. So you can “see” how notes, scales, and chords are related to each other.
  • 1 must-know scale that works just like a musical dictionary.
  • How to create any scale using a simple formula that works every time. Which means, you’ll always know what notes to play.
  • How to build chords and play common chord progressions.

Week 2: Easy Fretboard Study

  • Easy shortcuts to memorizing the notes on each string. So you’ll never get lost when you play songs or solos.
  • One simple trick to mastering intervals on each string.
  • How to use multiple strings to create chord fragments. So you can play chords anywhere on the guitar neck.

Week 3: Major Scale Mastery

  • How to build the major diatonic scale from the chromatic scale. Which means, you’ll have the freedom to play songs in any key.
  • A secret half-whole step formula that will help you know what notes create any major scale.
  • The 3&4 and 7&8 shortcut to memorizing ALL major scales.
  • How to apply major scale theory to the fretboard. So you can play with confidence.

Week 4: Fundamental Chord Theory

  • 1 easy way to create chords from the major scale. Which means, you’ll be able to instantly know what chords to play for songs.
  • What triads are and how they’re created. So you can play major, minor, and diminished chords the easy way.
  • How to use these concepts in any key.

Week 5: Must-Know Chord Concepts

  • A secret major chord conversion trick.
  • How the the CAGED Concept can help you visualize the fretboard. So you have the freedom to play in any position.
  • How to play easy arpeggios and how they combine scale, chord and interval concepts.

Week 6: Understanding 7th Chords

  • 1 easy way to create 7th chords and why they’re so important. So you can play more styles of music.
  • The critical difference between major 7th vs. dominant 7th chords.
  • 1 simple way to identify 7th chords on tabs and sheet music.
  • Why the M7 sounds jazzy and dom7 sounds bluesy. Which means, you’ll be able to play chord progressions with confidence in two must-know styles.

Week 7: Understanding Extended Chords

  • An easy way to recognize 9th, 11th, and 13th chords. So you know when to use them and why.
  • How to apply these chords to play different styles of music. Which means, you won’t be “trapped” playing the same things over and over again.
  • How to expand chords to add spice and creativity to your guitar playing.

Week 8: Altered Chords And The Minor Scale

  • 1 easy way to create “add” chords (sometimes called 2, 11 or 13). So you can play effective chord progression over any song.
  • How to identify and play suspended chords.
  • Why the minor scale is actually just the major scale, but with more emphasis on the 6 chord.
  • Why the Circle of 5ths is important and how it works.

Week 9: Modes, Pentatonics and Blues Scales

  • #1 way to master the 7 modes of music.
  • How the Pentatonic Scale is created from the Diatonic Scale. Which means, you’ll be able to solo with confidence.
  • How the blues scale is created from the pentatonic scale. So you can play “authentic” blues solos that sound amazing.

Week 10: Fundamental Rhythm And Blues Studies

  • How to play a basic 12 Bar Blues. Which means, you’ll be able to play blues with any group of musicians.
  • 1 easy way to understand blues and how to make sense of its illogical elements.
  • Must-know blues rhythms. Straight (shuffle) vs Triplet (swing).
  • How the minor and major pentatonic sound. So you know what to play for a blues solo before you even hit a note.

Week 11: Altered and Exotic Scale Concepts

  • What the harmonic minor scale is and how to play it. Which means, you’ll have something original to play for your metal riffs and solos.
  • How to play the melodic minor scale and its purpose.
  • A quick and easy guide to musical notation, including musical staffs, treble, bass, the notes, and their rhythmic values.

Week 12: Music Theory in the Real World

  • Essential elements of popular songs. So you know how songs are created and what makes them “work” musically.
  • Why some songs don’t work “logically” (metal, grunge) but still sound great as they feel to play.
  • Final words and how to continue your music theory training after the course.

About Steve Stine

29 reviews for Music Theory For Life Masterclass

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Greg Ruscigno

    I took advantage of this course as a lifetime learning tool when it was first released. At one point, I made it to week 6 somewhat, but needed to take a break and let some of the info settle best my brain could manage. This review is not for a course completed style, more how much info and how well it's delivered. When it says "for life" they weren't kidding. Don't try to rush through it like I tried. Best used as a reference over time in my humble opinion. I'll be back after I learn some Blues basics but very happy I will have this always there for my own progress and theory evolution! Thanks Steve and GZ (Dan too)!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Clayton Carroll

    Great course. Very well thought out and helped me sure up a solid foundation with which to build upon. Also Helped me get my mind around the 7th thru 13th chords as well as major 7th and dominate 7th chords. Only criticism is that there is some great information that is in the live lesions that would of been helpful during the actual weekly lessons to make things a little clearer. Over all I would recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn theory.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ray Ross Ross

    I finished the course a while back, but from time to time I go back & review some of the lessons & in fact was actually doing so over the last few days. Steve Stine is an awesome guitar teacher, he even makes music theory fun and that is not easy to do. I'm glad I took this course, it is not hard to follow, you just have to take your time & put into practise what he teaches. I found making up my own chart with all the fretboard notes and notes of the major & minor chords, plus the notes of the keys and hanging it right in front of me a huge help. One of the best things about the course is that Steve actually shows you how to apply theory in a practical way. You have to be patient, it takes time for the various parts to come together in your mind & flow onto the guitar, but it is worth the time & effort. I gave the course a 5 out of 5 rating, and am still learning from it.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Craig Herget

    This is a totally fantastic course taught by a fantastic teacher! It took me almost 2 years to complete, as I wanted to be certain I understood and could "do" what Steve asked or suggested. Although I have gone through and made a concerted effort to digest all material, I still have not, regrettably and technically, completed the course. That is because I simply don't know how to "finish" with the requisite video. On the rhythm side, the chords can be supplemented with differing power chords and arpeggios. However, for the solo side, it's been hard to come up with a decent melody that might be embellished with various bends, etc., up and down the fretboard. But overall, I just don't have the ability to make a video; heck, I couldn't even get the backing track to loop, so I might really pursue the options I mentioned above. Still, this course has been super. I played semi-professionally for several years in my younger days, but then life imposed a kind of 30 year non-playing hiatus before retirement allowed me to again begin playing. After going through this course, I am amazed at all the things I didn't know. Wow! Thank you, Steve (and Dan), for your wonderful presentation. Just wish I could somehow really "finish" and earn my certificate. Got a ton of courses (from you both) that I need to get to, but am right now pursuing Dan's CAGED course, and am learning a bunch there too. Thank you, both. You offer incredible, top notch instruction, and I will always be indebted to you both for that, even though, at 72, I'm not sure I'll ever be able to truly take advantage of all I have learned and am continuing to learn. Thank you.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    William Bufe

    What a fantastic class! An easy to understand theory class that most importantly helps one improve their guitar skills.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Norman Angemi

    This course is fairly complete. If you really want to know how music works, how the guitar works, and gain an understanding of the fretboard, then this is the course for you. The segments are digestible and if you put the work in, it should open up some new avenues for you. Cheers

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Berry-Porter

    Amazing course, I could never get my head around music theory until I started this course. Steve is an incredible teacher and explains everything in detail to make it very easy to follow and to get a grasp on the concept he's teaching.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christopher Stoppler

    I am in week 10 of this course and after 20 years of guitar playing my level of knowledge grow exponentially while taking this course. Things that just I could not wrap my head around before are explained in a way that I am able to understand. It is such an awesome feeling when Steve explains something and it just clicks! Beginners or veterans both will gain so much from this course. I HIGHLY recommend it!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kennith Bennett

    When I was in JR High we had a magician perform at school. One particular trick he did was to pour all the water out of a metal container. He did this several times. Each time he would empty it yet it would alway have more water when he came back to it. After the show a classmate snuck behind the curtain and revealed to me how it worked. Steve Stine did the same thing for me when it came to learning music. Steve took something that looked impossible and explained it in a way that I could understand and apply.
    Steve said "this is not rocket science" and then explains it in a way that's very obtainable. It will still take a lot of practice but understanding it is no longer an obstacle. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn music.
    Thank you very much Mr. Stine!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom Kardaras

    This class exposed both the basic and sometimes complex theoretical aspects of music. To coin a phrase, it helped 'turn on the lights' about music theory. The information that Steve conveys in the course is invaluable; to truly know something when playing music makes all the difference. This course helps us to get to the truth we need to become the best players we can be. Thanks Steve and Guitar Zoom.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul E Fox II (verified owner)

    Only had the course for a week but I've already learned more Theory from Mr. Stine than I've managed for the 30 or so years I've played. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know more.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry McKain

    This was the best and most thorough course I have ever taken. I need to go back and like the course layout provides - review things again based on disciplines. This is a must for serious guitarists. Thanks so much.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Henderson lll

    Steve is an excellent and thoughtful instructor. This course leaves off were I was at in guitar music theory. I haven't finished it yet taking Steve's advice to go over it as many times as you need to. As I've been playing on and off for like 40 sum years. Do to injury's to my fretting hand from a badly broken wrist at the beginning at 15 a bad head trauma at around 30 something that took 15 years to get back on track ADHA, TBI and most recently half amputated thumb, arthritis and tendinitis And of course life everlasting paths and road bumps. Shortly after the first issues I was lucky enough to become a Roadie and live Sound Reinforcement Engineer. There I would ask the guitar players questions about techniques and playing and in turn would repair and keep there guitars and equipment up and running. Then I found an instructor that reminds me of Steve and his teaching techniques. He was ironically my grammar schools band instructors son. Steve teaches only what he seems to find useful for guitar and the pertained theory. He shares tips and techniques he uses. Now I also am at a time and place I can put in the time. I've been also using the guitar for physical therapy to help the wrist injures and thumb heal in the playing position. I'm determined after all these years and setbacks not to give up in my quest to playing and learning guitar. Thank you Steve and Dan for your part in this quest. Remember" Music Be the Spice of Life Then Play On" Peace

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Machado

    I've had the course for about 5 months but as a brand new guitar player, (9 months), I found the practical applications were above my head and ability. That being said, as it is a "For Life" class, I can relax and just let the lessons keep pace with my abilities as I get more experienced. The information that I have learned so far has been easy to comprehend and apply, at least from a logistical standpoint. I am really happy that I have gotten into Theory from the beginning. I believe that it will enhance the journey in ways that I cannot yet see, but am looking forward to learning.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Warren Stephens

    Hello Steve:
    I first want to thank you for a tremendous learning experience.  The Music Theory for Life Master Class was phenomenal.  There was a lot of information that really opened my eyes - and ears!
    I picked my old acoustic guitar a year and a half ago after a 30+ year hiatus. (I have since obtained a Strat and a Les Paul). I knew a lot of chords but nothing else.  I followed the shapes but had no idea why I was putting my fingers in the various shapes - I did not know what the underlying notes were.
    I started taking lessons from a university professor and was astounded to learn that there were only twelve notes/tones in all of music.  Unfortunately, that was all I learned.  There was no discussion as to the “why” I was doing the things he showed me “how” to do.  When I mentioned an interest in theory - the why I am doing these things - it was always sidestepped.  I looked for help elsewhere.
    That’s when I found Guitar Zoom and your videos on You Tube.  I took the dive into the Music Theory class after viewing a few of your other video lessens. They were all terrific. 
    This was the first time that I heard about 90% of what you talked about in the class.  It is going to take a little time, and a lot more viewings of the weekly videos, to get my head around some of the more advanced theory.  But I am going to get there!
    I very much enjoyed the Theory Master Class. It contains a lot of information and I look forward to the long, but very pleasant, road ahead on learning the guitar.  This class gave me a great jump forward. Thanks again for the exceptional teaching you are providing. 
    I am having the time of my life!  I wish I knew 30+ years ago even a fraction of what I have learned in the last 8-10 months from you.
    Thanks for your help.  Life is good.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Duane Farland

    Excellent course for learning the Fretboard and how everything works to make music. I've been playing guitar about 15 years now after a 30 year hiatus. I knew cowboy chords and the basic barre chords that was it.
    But this course helps me understand how music and the guitar come together. I believe it will make me a better, more knowledgeable guitarist. That is why I purchased Music Theory for Life.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keith Cahoon

    This is one of the best guitar theory courses you could ever take. Steve has a way of teaching that makes it easy to understand and fun to learn. If you take the lessons step by step, you will learn something. You still have to work hard on the lessons and put in the practice time, but you will be greatly rewarded. Every time I go through and re-watch some of the lessons, I learn something new. I wish I had an instructor like Steve 50 years ago when I got my first guitar, I could have learned a lot of things right the first time. Thanks Steve, you truly are an awesome guitar teacher and guitar player.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline Daniels

    This is a great course that not only helps with fretboard memorization, but it also helps with learning how and why so many aspects of music are connected. I highly recommend this for any guitarist wanting to better understand the music they're playing and who are wanting to write their own songs.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tommy OLsson

    Tremendous course. Helped me understand music theory a lot better and fast. It made me see music in a new more wonderful way. And in the process i became a better guitar player.
    I do miss the certificate.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juan Nasarro

    I have been a student of Steve's online guitar classes for over 4 years. Steve always mentions nuggets of theory in those courses leaving emphasis on ie; "Blues", "Rock Riffs", "Pentatonic skills", in those lessons, including meandering, It's was the perfect path (for me) to "Music Theory for life Master Class", by Steve Stein. His coaching/teaching encourages challenging students like myself, and allowing me to playing/jamming with more seasoned musicians instead of being a spectator on stage for hours instead of just one tune. Thank you Steve Stein and the Guitar Zoom team (Dan). So grateful. to you all. 🙂

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Young

    Just brilliant. This is exactly what I missed out learning school. The teacher on this course, however, really can teach. Excellent course.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Crandall

    Awesome course! Played guitar for a number of years but when I started there was no internet. No tablature to look at. A friend showed me the first position of Am pentatonic and I just went from there. Bought a book of scales and modes. Learned the positions but never really understood any of it. Then I found The Wizard...Steve Stine. I learned so much from this course and the things I didn't totally understand, I kept going back to the course and the more I watched and listened, the more it sunk in and made sense. Thank you so much Steve Stine!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Douglas Matson

    I do believe this is one of Steve's BEST, Very throw I made it at Quick go though, then studied week after week I am keep going back week 2 the thing's I missed !! love the course . I have just about every course and course package's Steve and Dan GZ have and by far this course has been most informative ! Can't help but keep going back. I have been playing for most my life and the lessons in this course not only reminds me of things I forgot but show me more and shorter cut to use THANKS TO STEVE,DAN, and GuitarZoom . Doug Matson LONG time member form startup !

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joey Vasquez

    Course has been great. The way the course slowly builds and progresses from week to week has really helped me "connect the dots" or fretboard in this case. The fact that I can go back and brush up and review past weeks before proceeding is a huge benefit. It's not just about memorizing patterns, it's about understanding why and how they are generated. With that being said, it's freed up my playing and I'm just finished week 7 and can't wait to start the next lesson. Highly recommended and thank you

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack Haskins

    Great course. It is complete enough to have something for about everyone I think. There was a bunch of information that I use and quite a bit I don't use right now as well. What I use is invaluable to me. Try this. Tie your ankles and then go to the store. Hop to the car. Or, hop all the way to the store. Buy stuff and come home. Learning to play music without ANY THEORY AT ALL is like going to the store with your feet tied together. Very doable, but much more difficult. If you haven't learned any theory you have no idea how much difference it can make. If you know what a I-IV-V chord progression is and how it helps creating your own chord progression and writing a hit song (Bad Moon Rising, CCR and tons more) or learning to play Bad Moon Rising and nailing it on your first try while playing along with the song, if you know that,,, can you imagine how much benefit learning the other chords in the major scale would help you? I didn't know that for about 40 years but I do now!!! Don't wait 40 years. In fact, it you have the $, don't wait 40 seconds. Or don't do it. I'll know how to use a I-vi-IV-V progression. haha 🙂 Take care,

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laurie Deans

    This is a fantastic course—thorough, detailed and understandable, while still being a challenge, as it should be. A huge plus is that it's geared entirely to guitar players, and is superbly taught by the best guitar teacher I've encountered online. Steve Stine additionally is hugely supportive and encouraging (especially in the bi-weekly live webinars that were part of the course when I did it). There were some sections that I needed to review several times to thoroughly grasp, but that's the great benefit of an on-line course. The weekly reviews, as well as a course "final," helped me really apply myself to the studies and help justify it being called a Master Class. But while my nerdy side loved going deep into theory, it's probably my guitar-playing side that got even more from it. Understanding more theory has given me much more confidence and definitely freed up my playing.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike Maxey

    I picked up a guitar at age 16 , I am now 55 , self taught, which only led me in a circle. I could not figure out how to play lead . When I ran across Steve's shortened lessons on Facebook it changed everything ! I bought his "Theory for Life Master Class" it literally opened up the way I see the fretboard, learning where all the notes are changes everything. Now I still have a long way to go, but I can now play some lead . This all happened within 3 short months. To me, that's incredible. Steve Stine is definitely one of the top minds in the guitar world. You will not be disappointed when you take this class! Thank you Steve for your love of teaching, for me this is only the beginning! Play on !!!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Jacobi

    This course changed my musical life. I am a professional musician, but got out there on stage ahead of my musical education. Steve outdoes himself in this course. It makes so much logical sense and each portion hands me the keys to the next step up. Never once did I feel like I was overwhelmed. Now that I have completed the course my musicianship has taken a significant jump, and I watch other musicians and immediately recognize patterns and complicated chords and understand exactly what is going on and where they are taking it... or when the screw up 😉 and could possibly land something that would be more effective. Awesome investment in myself. Thanks Steve & Guitar Zoom team! - LxoJ

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Cummings

    I am 45 and new to guitar. Finding a means to learn an instrument at this point in my life was a little daunting. Then I found Steve! Steve is a natural teacher, with wisdom, patience and terrific communication skills. This course is fantastic, and draws me in to add a knowledge of theory to my playing. Very glad I purchased this product from GuitarZoom. I will be signing up for more classes in the future. Thank you Steve!

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