Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory

Radically improve your confidence and gain new insight into your playing with my step-by-step guide to fretboard mastery and essential guitar music theory.

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Does any of this sound familiar?

Playing the same things over and over - Every time you grab your guitar you play the same chord progressions and licks that you’ve had on loop for the last 6 months (or more!)

Losing your motivation - You’re a self-taught guitarist without the help of a teacher to guide you in the right direction

Getting lost at the first mention of a minor 3rd(?) - Flinching at the first sign of any technical terminology, thinking "it’s not for me”.

Paralysis at the prospect of jamming with friends - Unable to come up with an interesting chord progression or anything resembling a guitar solo.

Frustrated by all the conflicting information - Wasting time in a YouTube black hole watching lesson after lesson, thinking you’re progressing but not actually applying any of it in your own playing.


Sound like you? Then you've come to the right place!

Here's what you'll learn!

"This course has helped tremendously with my fretboard knowledge by challenging me to apply musical concepts to the fingerboard from a different perspective.

The fundamentals are essential, and that's what you get in Essential Theory.

Ry is easy on the ears and his course makes it really easy to build your own practice routine. By the end, you will have a clear direction and plenty of material to work on.

I am now able to create quality parts faster in the studio and explore a wider variety of alternatives because I have improved so much at visualizing these concepts with the help of this course."

- Hank Stone, USA


Imagine if you could do the following:

  • Master the fretboard and have the notes down cold
  • Break free of the same old box patterns and licks
  • Create melodies that sound awesome because you know exactly which notes will work over any chord or progression

  • Know instinctively which chords work well together (and why) to begin creating your own progressions and songs

  • Learn songs by ear with a solid understanding of what chords and notes you can expect to find in any given piece of music

  • Feel confident in your playing and jam sessions and be able to communicate your ideas to other musicians

  • Recognize why a piece of music makes you feel a certain way

"My music knowledge has improved significantly since purchasing Essential Theory. I’ve been able to directly apply Ry’s concepts to my lessons and practice. I’ve even managed to impress my teacher with how much I’ve learned.

Essential Theory has saved me so much time. It would have taken a lot longer to learn the concepts in my weekly lessons or surfing the net for the same information.

I love that it’s self-paced, easy to follow, has video clips to help reinforce the lessons and that Ry is available when I need clarification."

- Karen Woods, Australia

But do you need music theory?

Simply put, yes you do! Music theory is not about learning rules or restricting yourself creatively. Music theory is about figuring out what makes music work.

You need to know the "rules" before you can break them!

Your Instructor

Ry Naylor
Ry Naylor

Guitar instructor, content creator, professional transcriber, and all-around guitar theory geek.

My mission is to help YOU grow as a guitarist by giving you a deeper understanding of how the guitar fretboard and guitar theory work.

I am passionate about sharing my love of music and the value of guitar music theory. You might call me the visual learner’s guitar instructor.

My teaching approach is all about presenting concepts in concise, intuitive ways using high-quality graphics and animation.

I’ve always loved designing things. Becoming a content creator is like my dream job combining the two things I love - guitar and design.

“I’ve been playing guitar for almost thirty-five years and it probably took twenty to memorize and connect all the “boxes” to confidently play the blues and pentatonic scale positions up and down the fretboard.

Within two weeks of studying Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory I was playing the major scale and identifying notes up and down the fretboard without even thinking about it.

Ry breaks up the lessons into easy-to-understand and follow segments that achieve immediate results with minimal effort.

This program has opened up an entirely new musical vocabulary for my lead and rhythm playing.”

- Rob Noonan, USA

"Ry has a very relaxed, yet thorough teaching manner/skill and his lessons are set at a pace that allows you to fully absorb their extremely accurate content.

I am confident that anyone taking this course will definitely, and comfortably further their own level of guitar knowledge and ability, and will reap dividends from its content … I certainly did"

- Phil James, UK


What’s included in the course?

  • Immediate, lifetime access to over 3 hours of in-depth video lessons with accompanying tab and on-screen fretboard diagrams
  • 123-page PDF workbook covering all the content found in the course
  • BONUS 30-page 'Scale Book' PDF with fretboard charts for all the lead guitar content in the course

Course Curriculum

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"I started with Ry’s fretboard knowledge eBook which he offered for free, and decided to sign up for ‘Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory’. What I found was a great course that teaches you the absolute basics of music theory, building a solid foundation for further learning.

Ry is not like other music teachers, he presents all the information in a clear and approachable manner. The interface is very clean and user-friendly.

You can tell Ry wants everyone to be able to make music."

- Claudio Luis Vergara, Australia

Who is Essential Theory for?

  • Late beginner/early intermediate players with limited understanding of music theory
  • Players who are keen to get under the hood and figure out the inner workings of music
  • Players who want to grow as musicians

Who is Essential Theory NOT for?

  • Intermediate to advanced players who have their fretboard memorized and can reel off the intervals of the Phrygian dominant
  • Hobbying guitarists that aren’t interested in taking their playing to the next level

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Sign up for Essential Theory once and you'll have lifetime access to the course materials, which will be continuously reviewed and updated.
How will I access the course?
You get instant access to the ENTIRE course (videos and pdf manual) once you sign up.
What format is the course content delivered in?
The course is predominantly video, with an accompanying pdf manual that reviews and further develops the lesson content.
Can I download the videos?
The course videos can be streamed in web browsers or using the Teachable iOS app. The teaching content (pdfs) are downloadable, but not the videos (to protect them from being posted anywhere else).
Could I just find this information for free online?
You could, but it would take you a long time to get it in any sort of order that makes sense. Cherry picking content from YouTube and other sites doesn’t really get you on a clear path. With my teaching experience, I know exactly what you need to learn and in what order you need to learn it.
Is it really worth it?
Absolutely! There is SO much to learn in this course that would take weeks to cover with a private teacher. You’re getting it all for the price of a couple of lessons. You can be learning at your own pace from the comfort of your own home. You will have permanent access to me as well to ask any questions via email.
Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?
If you are in any way unsatisfied with your purchase, let me know in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund. 30 days?! Yep. I’m that confident that you’re going to love what I have to share with you!

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