Guitar Music Theory Tips
On this page you will find guitar articles and tips that will help you understand how music theory really works, and how this applies to composing your own music.
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"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
Are you a user of the CAGED system to learn guitar scales? Have you tried to learn the CAGED system but are confused? Or maybe you learned it and now are wondering why you are no better than before?
Read here why the CAGED system for guitar is harmful for your playing and why you are going to be better off if you do not use it at all.
Do you want to make your guitar squeal like Dimebag darrel, Joe Satriani, Van Halen and the other greats? Then you absolutely need to master guitar harmonics. They come in two main flavors (natural and artificial) and there are many ways to play them!
Click to learn how to play natural and artificial harmonics for guitar and get them consistently right!
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.
It happens every time. You’re on stage and you are jamming the Blues. It’s your turn to take the solo and you do your best... but it’s not a great solo. And so you wonder: you did everything right, everything by-the-book, so why did your solo not sound exciting?
The answer is: you probably made one of these 5 Blues Guitar Mistakes.
Do you really need to be able to read music fluently in order to understand music theory (and be a good musician)? Or can you become a music theory expert without being able to read? Why do so many people insist on reading music when in real practice is very rare for a guitar player to actually use it? Are there other ways to write down your music?
Come and discover what kind of music notation is more suited for your goals!
What do you need to know when you are starting? If you are a complete beginner of music theory, what should be the first thing you learn? Why everywhere you read people expect you to already know half of music theory?
Fear not, we have a solution for you: Get this FREE eBook on beginning music theory and enjoy all the low-hanging fruits of music theory! - No previous knowledge necessary!!
Are you tired of using the same old pentatonic box? Yes, the pentatonic is a great scale, but sometimes your solo needs a different kick! If you are playing in a metal band, chances are that you don't want another "bluesy" solo: you want a tasty "exotic" solo instead!
Learn here the exotic scales most used in metal. Don't get stuck on the usual "box pattern" blues licks!
There is A LOT of music theory to learn, but do you really need it all? (answer: probably not). And once you know what you need, in what order whould you learn it?
Get here a map that will tell you what music theory you need to learn and in what order, and save a lot or time in your music theory study
Ok, you wrote a great melody for your song. Now you want to put some chords behind that... how do you do that? Trial and error is a very slow method, but what else can you do?
Here you will find a simple FREE eBook on finding the right chords for any melody that will help you in no time!