In this 10-week online course, students will get to learn with jazz, rock and blues guitar legend, Scott Henderson. Each weekly Unit is filled with fresh coursework, assessments and practice videos guiding students through the guitar improvisation techniques Scott is famous for.

Students can also look forward to engaging Live Lectures with Scott Henderson himself, where he gives personal, hands-on instruction, and answers students’ questions directly. Explore how to apply diatonic scales, learn Scott’s approaches to fretboard organization, and much more.

Course: 10 weeks units, videos. 10 hours live lectures with Scott
Live Lectures: Tuesdays at 12pm Pacific
Cost: $599
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Certificate of Accomplishment: Grade of 70%+
Language: English
Next Start Date: Jan 7, 2019


  • Learn the basics of the 5-pattern system
  • Gain insight into Scott’s approach to fretboard organization
  • Get an introduction to the modes of the major scale and the melodic minor scale
  • Understand how Scott approaches the technical foundations of improvisation
  • Learn numerous terms from Scott’s rich vocabulary
  • Get an introduction to Scott’s approach to chord voicings
  • Learn fretboard exercises frequently used by Scott

Once you’ve enrolled, just kick back and wait for your online course to start on the specified date. We’ll send you a reminder email shortly before your course starts.

  • Once your course is live, a new unit will unlock every week for ten weeks. Each weekly unit contains fresh new coursework, pre-recorded video lessons, assignments, and more.
  • Make sure to review the coursework every week, practice and prep questions, because you’ll have regular Live Lectures with Scott. During these lectures you’ll be able to ask him questions and interact with him.
  • Scott’s course includes 10 assignments which you will need to complete during each weekly unit. This course also includes two assessments in weeks 5 and 10. You will receive instructions and requirements via email prior.
  • All assignments are graded and you will get constructive feedback along with your grade.
  • You can earn an MI Online Certificate of Accomplishment when you obtain a grade of 70% or more once your 10-week course is complete.

You should have intermediate guitar skills, including:

  • A basic understanding of music theory
  • A grasp of scale construction and an awareness of interval structures
  • Knowledge of the basics of building chord structures, including major/minor/dominant seventh chords and altered chords
  • Knowledge of all the notes on the neck
  • Knowledge of the basics of scales and scale organization on the neck
  • Some experience with improvisation


  • A computer (PC/Mac) with at least 4GB RAM
  • We recommend that you connect to an Internet Line with an average speed of 10Mbps or better, and to use an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi
  • The ability to make basic recordings of yourself. Recommended recording software includes Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, etc.
  • The ability to connect with the instructor via video chat applications
  • A guitar and an amplifier
  • We recommend using Chrome or Firefox internet browsers on iOS, MacOS, Windows or Android
  • Full access to install software on the computer you are using



How do I try a free lesson?

Go to the course page you’re interested in and click on the “Try a free lesson” button to sign up.

How do I enroll in a course?

No need to apply. Simply click “Enroll” on our course pages and create your MI Online profile. Once your payment is complete, consider yourself enrolled! All that’s left to do is put a reminder in your calendar of the course start date. We’ll email you a course date reminder and important info to get you started.

Do you offer courses in other languages?

Not yet but we’re working on it – stay tuned!

Can I take the course using my mobile phone or tablet?

Yes! You should, however, be aware that the Live Lecture chat box feature is not available for mobile devices. You can watch and hear your instructor but you won’t be able to ask him questions.

Are MI Online courses available for credit?

Not at this time but we’re looking into it. All courses delivered by MI Online are offered as an avocational option for individuals interested in music training and skills development. Courses are not offered for credit and are not applicable toward the attainment of any degree, certificate, or other academic award.

How many students are there in each course?

We have a maximum of 20 students per class for each of our courses. Our small class sizes helps create a collaborative, intimate space so that you’ll get the most out of your learning experience with your instructor and classmates.

How do MI Online courses work?

All our courses are 10 weeks. Each week you’ll watch pre-recorded video lessons. You’ll also receive an assignment, which is due before your scheduled Live Lecture with your Instructor. Your Live Lectures are your virtual classrooms and your opportunity to engage with, and learn directly from, your Course Instructor.

How long is the course accessible for?

You can access your course material for up to 12 months after your course ends.

What happens if I miss a Live Lecture?

We understand that our students come from all over the world and learn on different time zones. All our lectures are available for replay 48 to 72 hours after the schedule Live Lecture, so you can view any lectures you missed.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We support payments from Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal.

Can I pay for the course using a Payment Plan?

Yes, you can purchase all our courses in three monthly installments using your credit card.




Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson’s body of work as a solo artist, as co-leader of the legendary fusion band Tribal Tech, and as sideman to jazz-fusion keyboard legends Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea, has earned him numerous #1 Jazz Guitarist accolades from the major guitar magazines.

Having toured in more than over 60 countries many times over, while putting in 30-plus years as an instructor at the famed Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California, he has recorded more than 20 albums as a leader, including 10 with Tribal Tech.

Scott’s focus on beautiful tone alongside his striking ability to blend rock, blues, funk, and jazz, has helped him to develop a popular, soulful, and unique voice on the guitar.


Unit 1: The CAGED/Five-Pattern System
Learn the CAGED/Five-pattern system, an efficient system for organizing scales on the neck that has been in use at Musicians Institute/GIT since 1977.

Unit 2: The Modes
The modes of the major scale can be hard to understand. Scott will explain how the modes work and will demonstrate the Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian (Natural Minor) and Locrian scales.

Unit 3: The Dorian and Phrygian Scales
In depth work on the Dorian and the Phrygian mode, two of the more exotic minor scales found in the diatonic system.

Unit 4: The Melodic Minor Scale
The Melodic Minor Scale is one of the most important scales to master for jazz improvisers. Scott discusses how to approach the scale and why it is such an important concept to understand.

Unit 5: The Super Locrian Scale
For a more tension-based sound over dominant chords, few scales are as unique as the Super Locrian scale. Scott goes in-depth on this dissonant and unusual sounding scale.

Unit 6: The Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale
The Melodic Minor scale has modes, just as you find with the major scale, and many of these modes are essential for jazz improvisers.

Unit 7: The Diminished Scale
Scott sheds light on the use of the symmetrical diminished scale.

Unit 8: Chromatic Chord Tone Embellishment
To achieve a more traditional jazz sound, Chromatic Chord Tone Embellishment is a concept which will enable you to nail that sound pretty quickly.

Unit 9: Guitar Fretboard Approaches
The guitar fretboard can be approached in many ways, Scott discusses one of the methods he has used over the years to develop freedom on the neck.

Unit 10: Chord Vocabulary
Learning chords is a lifelong endeavor. Scott has a unique way of making the most out of every chord he learns, and shares his approach which will give you a completely new perspective on chord voicings.

Fully Interactive Live Lectures with Scott Henderson

Graded assignments to test and track your progress

Fresh weekly coursework and video lessons


Legendary guitarist Scott Henderson will take you through the basic approaches to improvisation and general organization on the guitar. The course will also explore the application of diatonic scales and the approaches to the modes of the Melodic Minor scale, as well as other advanced scales.

The goal of this course is to offer unique insight into how one of the most respected guitarists in the industry approaches music-making, how he communicates with the guitar to achieve his instantly recognizable voice, and how he has built his unique musical vocabulary. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a true guitar master and to develop your musical artistry.


“I took Scott’s improvisation class. It was really good, and I learned tons of new stuff. It was money well spent!”
Student, April 2017

“How often do you get to ask your guitar heroes for advice? This was worth the price. There were a few A-HA moments that will likely benefit my playing in the next 10-15 years. Very valuable.”
Student, October 2017

“Scott Henderson is a phenomenal guitarist with amazing articulation. With his online course you will unlock the secrets of his skills.”
Bruce Kulick, Kiss


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