String Theory Part 1 - Triads
5.0 (18)

Understanding the fretboard can be overwhelming. It is a web that is not easy to navigate. In this class we will use triads to view the neck and then apply this knowledge to make music - comping, soloing, and chord melodies. Join me in this weekly class to start unlocking the fretboard.

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Molly Miller
On TIL since 2021
I am a lover of guitar. I have been playing since I was 7 - I grew up playing with my 4 siblings. I studied at USC, where I received my Doctorate in Guitar Performance. I play constantly- touring with artists such as Jason Mraz and my own trio. I am the Chair of the Guitar Dept. at LACM.
What you'll do
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Triads Part 1
- Seeing the fretboard - Major and Minor triads on the first string set - Connect the shapes to knowledge you already know
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Application Part 1- Comping Using Triads
- Use major and minor triads to play rhythm guitar - Expand your playing from just barre chords and open chords - These can be used in many genres- they are not just for pop, soul, or funk- but for every genre
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Chord Melodies
- Use triads to play melodies - This is a great way to see how you can solo as well using triads - This is also a great place to get a grasp on chord melodies with more advanced voicings
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Connecting Chords
- Let's stop jumping around the guitar neck and instead move using voice leading - Play chords more musically - We should be able to play any chord without jumping around the guitar
Who you are
Intermediate - you should have a basic understanding of the guitar: open chords, barre chords, and basic theory.
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Guitar!
5.0 (18 reviews)
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Liza Law
December 2022

That was a great class. So much material to keep my attached and retaining it and in a way that it is just simple but endless. Something just clicked... I loved the brain talk side note because it was the theme of my week for sure! Everything I endeavor to do or learn was exactly about that. So a sun shining 7 foot third inversion thank you for that. And now I have my attachment to the material and will never forget. Haha

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Jake Kerby
December 2022

Molly is the best! I highly recommend this course. I have progressed so much in such a short time. Thanks for the great content and looking forward to the next one!

Dan MacLean
December 2022

This is a great course. It's really focussed and pragmatic. I really enjoyed the development from intro to triads, through to understanding how to use them in daily playing. Of most help was Molly's in class guidance on visualisation that helps the initially opaque forms stick in the mind and combine with knowledge I already had. Molly is a very skilled teacher who develops the in class time to fit the group really well.

Ben Beauchamp
December 2022

Great class! Molly excels at simplifying concepts. She gives solid exercises to practice the material and includes musical applications from the first class.

Paul Pultorak
March 2022

As a thesis learning triads is an ideal way to familiarize yourself with the fretboard, and delve into cords and scales, as well as guitar technique and melody. As a teacher Molly is down to earth, attentive to each students needs, and has that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes each class something to really look forward too.

Christian Sbaraglia
March 2022

Awesome information. Very useful exercises and feedback. Molly was super responsive and insightful when giving answers. I would highly recommend the course. Really helped me see the link between Triads and caged system and it’s application to songs/song construction.

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Joe Choi
March 2022

Molly is an amazing teacher. She has a wealth of knowledge and can dive deep into things, but at the same time, keep it simple so that anyone can grasp. I loved that she moved slowly through the concepts so that nobody would get left behind. And also how she encouraged us to make music right away instead of just doing the exercises.

Stephen Sakuhuni
December 2021

Dr Molly Miller's string theory class was absolutely amazing! all the lessons were so engaging and she paid attention to the needs of every student. She's a great teacher and inspiration. She made all the new triads very practical and useable! Would 100% recommend

Peter Switzer
December 2021

Molly is amazing, all levels of players are able to benefit through her teaching style and have their questions answered. I only wish I had more time for her classes.

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Brett Callaway
November 2021

Dr. Miller is a fantastic teacher! She has a great approach to getting the "light bulb" to come on in regard to breaking your playing out of plateau's and giving you really efficient ways to think about the fret board.

Joe Yedowitz
November 2021

Molly ROCKS !!! Took a topic (Triads) and 1) Made it interesting to explore; 2) Kept reinforcing and building on class material; 3) Got us to a point where we were playing song melodies quickly. Great class!

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Chris Vitron
November 2021

Great class from a fantastic instructor. Worth every penny!

Matt Howells
November 2021

Molly is a really great teacher, she takes the time to explain things that might get you hung up. I very much enjoyed the course and look forward to the next one!

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Laura Wambach
November 2021

Dr Molly Miller will make you a better guitar player! You will have a better understanding of the fretboard. The material she will teach can be applied to all genres of music. The curriculum is well organized - with the foundations you need to be able to improvise and comp. She will answer any question you have —and she’s a wealth of knowledge! These lessons are the best bang for your time and and money.

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Richard Kok
November 2021

I liked this class because Doctor Miller has a great personality and I was able to be in sync with what she was teaching. I started playing guitar because of Jason Mraz and I am so blessed that his guitar player is teaching me how to play correctly.

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