Online Student

Craig Schmoller

Online Student
The Scale IS the Chord, and the Chord IS the Scaleā„¢ - 
Member since 2009

About Me

Hello, and thanks for stopping in.

Berklee’s the place to be, eh? I’ve been doing electric guitar for a few decades, and in that time I noticed: It seems like the best things originate at Berklee.

I am a DIY player, by ear and occasional book. Cut my teeth on Clapton/Hendrix recordings, etc, and by late 1974 was learning Holdsworth off the vinyl at 16 rpm. Later, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever. I studied a little jazz theory privately from Berklee alumni and others.

Managing to ‘make a living’ in music in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, I did some light recording, funk/soul bands in Chicago, occasional blues gigs down south on the ‘chitlun circuit’, and Fusion bands. Following a 10-year hiatus (earned a B.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University in 1986), I performed regularly a couple times a week from 1995 to 2005, mid-size venues. Half dozen recordings.

That’s all history. I’m currently in love with, and working exclusively with, fifths-tuned instruments: NST guitar, FFT (full-fifths tuning) guitar (CGDAEB), long-scale cittern, bouzouki, mandolin, etc., applying a Jazz focus. I’ve nearly forgotten how to play in Standard Tuning!

This is clearly the right time to be here: There are so many talents right here on this network, and great instructors. I’m eager to learn from you all.

Here’s to being in the right place, at the right time, folks -


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Experience & Education


  • President, Chief Engineer, Subject Matter Expert for
    2002 to September 2012 (over 10 years)

    Advanced Music Theory Software Tools for Mandolin, Cittern and Guitar - A Modal Perspective for Improvisors

  • Staff Writer for
    2007 to December 2011 (about 5 years)

    Tips and Tricks, All Theory, All the Time.

  • Principle Guitar, contributing arranger for STWCI Music Ministry
    1994 to 2004 (over 10 years)

    Concert, recording, broadcast, various media, P&W

  • Sideman, Guitar for Various rock, funk, fusion, show acts
    1974 to 1982 (over 8 years)


  • Master Certificate in Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training at Berklee
    2009 to 2011 (2 years)
  • Sholarship Awarded in Mark Mothersbaugh Celebrity Online Scholarship at Berklee
    2010 to 2010 (Less than a year)
  • Private Study in Standards, Improv and Jazz Theory Analysis at Paul Renz (Berklee alumnus)
    2004 to 2005 (1 years)
  • B.S. Computer Science in Software Engineering at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
    1983 to 1986 (3 years)
  • Guitar Studies in Jazz Theory and Improv w/Frank Dawson at American Conservatory, Chicago, IL
    1975 to 1975 (Less than a year)