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Greetings and welcome to, a comprehensive training system for fretboard harmony, aural skills, and improvisation.

My name is Dan Cosley. I'm a guitarist and composer, and founder of the site. I've created Way Of The Guitar to help all guitarists study the essential elements of musicianship, comprehensively & efficiently.

As you know, the Internet is just bursting with information, but what is lacking is a system, that helps us efficiently train and master the fundamental building blocks that are common to all musical genres.

Way Of The Guitar meets this need with six in-depth video courses. The courses combine to form an integrated system, a 36-day training cycle.

The 36-day training cycle includes Scale & Interval Patterns, Triads, Pentatonics & Hexatonics, 7th Chord Arpeggios, 7th Chord Inversions, and Modes, in all 36 Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor keys.

Hundreds of highly organized videos and PDF scores will train your hands, ears, and mind to recognize and execute these universal components of musical language. 

You'll also learn many concepts that will help you develop as an improviser.

Please sign up for our newsletter, to see how the course material is applied in "real-world" musical situations. I've created some useful (and free!) articles that I'm sure you'll find valuable.

Also, please take a look at the site tour video (below), which shows the content and features of the site in greater detail.

I look forward to personally engaging with you via the forums and private video lessons as you progress along "The Way".

- Dan Cosley, founder

Instructor & Site Founder

Dan Cosley

Site creator, Dan Cosley M.M., is an internationally-distinguished musician who has won high praise for his virtuosic performances, eclectic compositions, & innovative arrangements. Dan has single-handedly built to share his knowledge of, and passion for, harmony & musicianship on the guitar. Explore Dan's compositions & recordings at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Would you advise an optimal order to study the courses?
A: The six core courses can be successfully approached in various ways: individually, in a sequence, or concurrently.

Though each course functions as a "stand-alone" study track, the original conception for the site was as a "meta-course" in the following sequence:

Scale & Interval Patterns
Pentatonics & Hexatonics
7th Chord Arpeggios
7th Chord Inversions

This is the ideal pedagogical sequence, but members have shown creativity in their use of the site. Many students have completed one or several courses out of sequence, or have studied multiple courses simultaneously.

Q: There are lots of good books & free lessons available online. What makes this site different & better?
A: Nearly everything you need to know about fret-board harmony is already online, but you'll need several lifetimes just to begin to make sense of it all. Maybe you've spent hundreds of hours on YouTube, but feel you're still missing pieces of the puzzle. was created to organize your practice & create an efficient & clear path to fretboard mastery, comprehensively, in all keys & positions. Because the site includes the essential elements of harmony, it is useful for guitarists of all styles & genres. 

Q: What is Way Of The Guitar's greatest strength?
A: The six-week training cycles are probably the site's greatest asset. These are a monumental achievement in the history of guitar pedagogy, over 10 years in the making. 

The training cycles include Scale & Interval Patterns, Triads, 7th Chord Arpeggios, 7th Chord Inversions, Pentatonics & Hexatonics, Modes, and more, in all 36 Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor keys. A watershed moment in guitar-based musicianship!

Q: I can't read standard notation... Is this site for me?
A: All courses consist of dozens of detailed video demonstrations with supporting TAB & fretboard diagrams, but you'll need to read standard notation to make best use of the training cycle PDFs (which are not entirely in TAB). 

Q: I'm a beginner... Is this site for me?
A: If you know basic open position major & minor chords, you're ready to begin WOTG.

Q: I'm pretty advanced... I went to music school, and I'm a working professional. Will this stuff be too easy for me?
A: The early videos in each course will serve as a thorough review and offer a fresh perspective on the fundamentals, while the later chapters present more advanced concepts. 

The six-week training cycles at the end of each course are incredibly powerful; perfect for professionals looking to maintain a professional-level technique & harmonic vocabulary with great efficiency & independent of style.

Q: It seems like Dan Cosley is a classical & jazz guitarist. I don't play those styles. Would this site be useful for me?
A: Way Of The Guitar is dedicated to mastering the basic building blocks of music. The core curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of harmony, ear-training, & improvisation, which are shared by all styles & genres.

Q: How long does it take to finish the courses?
A: Students typically take 4 to 6 months to assimilate the video content. The courses culminate with a highly-organized six-week training system for on-going practice.

There is a lifetime (or two!) of study contained within the training cycle PDFs. The training schedule is extremely rigorous; an ambitious ideal that lends structure and continuity to our learning.

However, musicians are not machines. Most of us stumble along "The Way". The training cycles are always here, directing us towards the path out of chaos and overwhelm, and towards musical fluency.

Q: This seems like a lot of information. How can I stay motivated?
A: WOTG's certification process was created to build motivation and to assess student achievement, leading to a greater sense of accomplishment. Perfect for goal-oriented practicers, or for those who desire feedback and personalized guidance. Learn more here.

Q: Can I download the course videos and PDFs?
A: You are welcome to download the extensive PDF content for printing and offline practice. An internet connection is required to view the videos, however, which are not downloadable.

Q: What's included in the courses? How does this work?
A: Text explanations, scores with standard notation & TAB, fret-board diagrams, multi-tempo video demonstrations, practice audio & PDF's, guided-improvisation videos, and public discussion forums are all included for a well-rounded and interactive learning experience. 

The video player includes a speed control for convenient practicing, checking fingering solutions, etc. (Click on the gear icon.) 

Discussions are always open; Dan will personally reply and clarify any point in question.

Q: How much does it cost? How long can I access the courses?
A: Here's a pricing/access breakdown:

Content: Access: Price:
Individual Courses
Lifetime Access
Lifetime Membership (All Courses)
Lifetime Access

Q: Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
A: Yes! We are confident that you'll find no resource on the internet for fret-board harmony study as comprehensive & organized as Way Of The Guitar

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, simply let us know within 7 days of your purchase, and we will give you a complete refund. This guarantee means that your purchase is absolutely risk-free! 

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