Music Theory For Guitar

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Music Theory For Guitarists FINALLY Explained! Your Frustration In Learning And Understanding Music Theory As A Guitar Player Ends Here!

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Most of the time, what is being taught are simply incomplete 'pieces' of music theory without real connection to other concepts.
  4. Their approach to teaching music theory for guitar is simply BORING - kind of like reading a computer manual… yuk!
  5. 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

Guitar Scales and Modes

Master Of The Modes: The Supreme Course To Understanding And Applying Scales And Modes On Guitar

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!

Blues Guitar scales

The Complete System Of Learning, Mastering And Applying Scales For Blues Guitar

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

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How To Make Your Guitar Improvisation Sound Like Music

NEW!Your improvisation sounds like a bunch of ideas thrown together at random with little rhyme or reason? But when you listen to the master improvisers out there, it seems like divine music is springing forth their fingers in real time... even if they are playing very simple licks? How they do that? I answer this question (and show you how to implement the answer in practice) in the new video on how to make your guitar improvisation sound like music

smooth key modulation

Changing Key: How To Modulate Smoothly Using Your Guitar

It's common knowledge that lots of songs in modern music sound the same. Why is it so? It's because most of these songs are composed in a single musical key - because their writers do not know how to change key (to "modulate") in a smooth and musical way.

This is easily fixed: I will share with you few simple tricks so that in 10 minutes from now you will be able to write a chord progression that changes key smoothly.

guitar bend in tune

Instantly Improve The Quality Of Your Guitar Lead Playing With This Simple Trick

When it comes to play guitar, it's the small things that make the difference. In fact just a few simple things can take your playing from amateur to professional. And today we are going to focus on a little thing that indeed has such a great impact on your playing.

Watch this video to see why it is important to bend in tune and how you can learn to do it easily.

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CAGED Sucks Series

CAGED and Pentatonics

CAGED Sucks Part 7: Pentatonic Is Not CAGED

NEW!A CAGED player wrote me that: "if you are playing a pentatonic scale, then you must be using the CAGED system". As I was playing a Blues solo, with notes taken mostly from a pentatonic scale, it follows that I must be a CAGED user. Oh my! Or course I am being sarcastic :-) In fact knowing why CAGED and pentatonics are not the same thing will make you a much better player and make these Blues solos easier. Click on the link to find out how.

CAGED sucks harmonies

CAGED Sucks Part 6: How A Good Scale System Allows You To Do Automatic Guitar Solo Harmonies

When you use a guitar system that works you can do things that seem like magic. So today we are taking a rest from talking about the problems of CAGED, and I'm going to show you something that a good scale system can do easily (and CAGED can't without a lot of thinking)

Click here to see learn how to use the 3-notes-per-string system to write automatic harmonies for lead guitar.

learn the CAGED system

CAGED Sucks Part 5: You Should Not Learn All Systems

Some people say that you have to learn "all guitar systems", "be well-rounded", etc. Curiously they seem to say that to deflect the objection that THEIR system is not working as advertised. I hear this "learn everything" answer most of the time I talk with someone who uses the CAGED system.

Well, "learn everything" sure SOUNDS good... but is it actually? Click here to see why learning to many system is harmful to your progress and why what you need is a single unified guitar scale system


Free Music Theory eBooks

Music Theory Map

Free Music Theory Map: Find Your Way Around Music Theory

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!

Free beginning music theory eBook

Beginning Music Theory Guide Free eBook

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!

Guitar Harmonics

How To Play Guitar Harmonics Free eBook

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

music theory for beginners

Guitarists: Start Learning Music Theory With The Right Foot Forward

NEW! Are you a complete beginner in music theory? You have no idea where you should get started? You need everything explained to you step-by-step? Fear not, I have just the right thing for you! Click here to read how to start learning music theory with the right foot forward.

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3 Lies That (Some) Professional Musicians Routinely Tell, And How They Impact You

Are you reading all the interview of your guitar hero or your favorite singer hoping that this will give you some "tips" for your playing or your music career? Well, I won't mince words here: if you do that you are setting yourself up for failure. Click here to see why some and what lies they tell more often.

results of learning music theory

This Is What Happens When You Learn Music Theory The Right Way

What happens when you learn music theory the right way? What exactly do you learn? Especially, what you can do that you could not do before? These are questions that I receive often: students want to know WHY they should study music theory before they invest the time (and rightly so!) Here's my answers to these questions: click here to see what are the results of learning music theory and how these help you make better music.

right tools intermediate guitarist

Getting Started With The Right Foot: What An Early Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

What are the right tools that an intermediate guitarist should know to move forward? There is a lot on the internet for the complete beginner player and for the advanced guitarist, but preciously little about the intermediate "no man's land" player. In this article I show you what you need to study and master to move to the next level. Click here to see what are the right tools for an intermediate guitar player to learn.

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Latest Music Theory Interviews

Eugene Edwards Music Theory Interview

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!

Christian Muenzner Music Theory Interview

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!

Mr Fastfinger Composition Interview

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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