Music Theory For Guitar
Music Theory For Guitarists FINALLY Explained! Your Frustration In Learning And Understanding Music Theory As A Guitar Player Ends Here!
Have you been struggling to learn music theory for guitar or simply looking for a faster, better and easier way to learn music theory? You're not alone. I know how you feel, a lot of guitar players have felt this way, but what I've found is there are 5 main reasons why guitar players become frustrated when trying to learn music theory on the guitar.
Here are the 5 big reasons other music theory websites, books, resources or products may not work for you:
- The way they try to teach you music theory on the guitar is very often hard to understand and can quickly become overwhelming to learn.
- They typically don't show you how to apply music theory to actual guitar playing. In other words, there is a disconnect between the music theory concepts they attempt to explain and the real music that you want to play or create.
- Most of the time, what is being taught are simply incomplete 'pieces' of music theory without real connection to other concepts.
- Their approach to teaching music theory for guitar is simply BORING - kind of like reading a computer manual… yuk!
- There's a lot of music theory stuff out there for guitar, but not much guidance when it comes to showing you what you need to learn and focus on in order to do the things you want to achieve musically in your life.
If you are like most guitar players, you want a place where you can get:
- music theory help for guitar that is easy to understand but isn't written only for people who began playing guitar yesterday.
- music theory lessons, advice and resources for guitar that will actually show you how to apply what you learn to real life guitar playing.
- a complete picture of the music theory concepts you want to learn, understand and use on your guitar and in your own music.
- an understanding of music theory that is interesting to learn and is not written in a dry and boring way that is painful to read.
- a real idea of what aspects of music theory are the most useful things for you to learn right now and in your guitar playing future.
MusicTheoryForGuitar.com and all our music theory guitar articles, lessons and resources were designed specifically to give you exactly what you want and need so that you really can learn music theory for guitar in an easy-to-understand, fun, entertaining and complete way. Welcome home. :)
Music Theory Guitar Courses
You know how some guitar players always seem to create unique, creative and awesome guitar solos ? Somehow, being creative just comes easy for them. How do they do it? They have mastered how to creatively use scales & modes on guitar... and with this I don't mean a bunch of scale patterns thrown together: I mean REAL musical comprehension.
Scales and modes are one of the most difficult (and controversial) topic in music theory... to really understand them you need a simple system for understanding, learning, mastering and actually using scales and modes in real music without any limitations. Armed with the core knowledge this system will give you, you will be able to learn and connect everything there is to know about the modes, and at the same time use everything you are going to learn to play real music.
Learn how to finally master completely scales and modes on guitar in a ways that is musically useful and will help you to write, improvise, and play the music YOU want to play!
You hear great Blues players creating solos that sound amazing but have no idea how to do it by yourself? Are you thinking too much about "what to play next" rather than letting your emotions speak through your playing? Do you struggle in playing the Blues in all keys and over all the fretboard (as opposed in just one basic position)? If you have answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then you need to learn how music theory applies to Blues, and how to implement this knowledge into your guitar playing in an effective way.
Read about how to finally master all the scales for Blues guitar, how to get rid of your frustration and lack of confidence once and for all, and how to finally play Blues from your heart!
Latest Music Theory Videos
NEW! Everybody tells you that you have to learn scales on guitar. But why exactly? Is there any benefit in learning musical scales on your guitar fretboard? And if you decided to learn scales, how would you go about that?
Find out why and how you need to learn guitar scales here!
Do your soloing sound like you are just playing a scale up and down? Well, you just need to "break it up" a little. In this video we see how to leverage the simple interval of sixth (don't worry, it's explained in the video) and we see a few applications to lead playing. In a few minutes you will sound completely different
Click here to see how use the interval of sixth on guitar and stop sounding like a scale!
The "Octave Pattern" is often used as a shortcut to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard, but it actually makes things harder, not easier. In this video I explain why the octave pattern is NOT a good idea for learning the fretboard, and how it can still be used for other things like creating interesting licks.
Click here to see how to properly use the octave pattern on the guitar fretboard.
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CAGED Sucks Series
NEW! We proceed relentlessly with our video series on the problems of the CAGED system: today we examine if the CAGED system is a "natural" system "inherent in the tuning of the guitar" as many of its proponent claim (with these exact words).
Bit of a spoiler alert: we are going to find that there is nothing natural in the CAGED system, and it's going to be really instructive. Click here to answer the question: is CAGED a "natural" scale system? (and if not, what is?)
In our series highlighting the problem of the (in)famous CAGED system, today we will have a look at what is considered one of the advantages of the CAGED system, but turns out to be actually a weak point: the integration of scales and arpeggio patterns
Click here to learn the difference between visual and mechanical integration, why the CAGED system does not integrates arpeggio with scales, and what you can do about it.
In response to some questions from our readers, I am going to analyze in detail the problems of the CAGED system for guitar scales and chords and why I discourage its use. While it is important to know what to study/practice, it's even more important to know what NOT to study/practice lest we waste years going in the wrong direction.
In this first instalment of the series we will see how the inconsistencies of the CAGED system impact your picking hand and force you to learn the same thing needlessly many times over. Click here to see how the CAGED system increases your practice load rather than reducing it (and what can be done about it).
Free Music Theory eBooks
Do you need to learn all music theory? What part of music theory is relevant to your goals and what is not? How do you know where you are exactly in your learning process and what would be the next thing to study? To answer this and many other question, here is our very popular map of music theory that will allow you to learn theory in the correct order and help you stay on the right track!
Includes a larger format that you can print as a poster (using a normal printer) so you can hang it in your practice space!
Are you a complete beginner on music theory on guitar and you need some help in starting from absolute zero? Don't worry: we got you covered! You can download here your free copy of our Beginning Music Theory Guide: this short and simple eBook will get you started so that later you can move to our more advanced eBook and courses.
If you need a gentle but comprehensive introduction to music theory on guitar, this is the eBook you want to read first!
One of the techniques that REQUIRE you to know some music theory is playing harmonics on guitar (both natural and artificial harmonics). If you hear Dimebag Darrel or Joe Satriani make their guitar squeal, and you are not able to, then what you are missing is most likely the basic music theory to understand how harmonics work! Luckily for you, we wrote a free eBook on how to play harmonics on guitar, covering theory, practice, and the position of ALL harmonics on your guitar (yes, ALL of them!)
Download here your free copy of the How To Play Guitar Harmonics eBook
Latest Music Theory Articles
NEW! "I don't want to learn music theory because it's full of rules". How many times you heard one of your friend say that? And what if I told you that music theory has no rules (absolutely not a single one)? "But I don't want to think of notes scales and chords when I play!" Neither do I: the aim is not to think about all this stuff, but to make theory second nature so you don't need to think!
Click here to see how music theory can make you a stronger musician if you study it the right way.
You know all these people who tell you that music theory is not useful? In my experience it's because they learned 'fake' music theory. Many of the things that pass for music theory in online resources are not music theory at all! 'Real' music theory helps you become a better musician and guitar player... while other things that are commonly taught as music theory (but are not actual theory) will make you lose time and focus, and in fact may even hamper your progress!
Click here to learn the difference between real vs fake music theory
Do you think Music Theory is harmful for your creativity? Everybody tells you to learn to play and that theory "can come later"? You think you don't need theory because you can "play by ear"? Read here what theory is, what it is for, and what it can do for you and your creativity.
Save yourself a world of pain and frustration by eliminating these six music theory misconceptions.
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Latest Music Theory Interviews
How does it feel to play for a country legend? And how your music theory skills can help you land such a high-caliber gig? Discover it in our interview with Eugene Edwards, guitar player for Dwight Yoakam. Eugene talks about being familiar with theory is invaluable while in studio and on the road. A must-read for everyone who wants to have a career as a session player!
Read our new interview with Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession). Christian shares with us some of his tricks on how to use theory to compose music out-of-the-box, and how to have theoretical concepts work for you rather than being slave of them. Recommended read!
How does a Zen Master study music theory? Read it in our exclusive interview with Mr Fastfinger, AKA Mika Tyyska. Mika talks about ear training, how movies and compositions are similar, and how a cartoon character can be your guiding vision for playing guitar!
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