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

Master of the Modes is the course you want to take if you want to focus on lead guitar playing and be able to play over ANY backing track or chord progression

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!

Guitar Chords And Harmony

Complete Chord Mastery

Complete Chord Mastery is the course you want to take if your focus is on rhythm guitar and/or songwriting and composition. It explains harmony on the guitar fretboard for both beginner an advanced players

What if you already knew and were able to play any chord on the guitar, in any position and could freely create your own awesome music? I’m not talking about being able to look up any chord, or sit there and waste time trying to figure it out, I mean being able to instantly find and use any chord in any position as fluently as you can speak. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

If you’re like most guitar players, you might still be struggling to master guitar chords everywhere on the guitar. Hey, I’ve been there too, we all have. It seems like there is soooo much stuff to learn, and it would take a lifetime to really learn it all! That’s what I used to think. It was so frustrating.

...but what I’ve found is there are people in this world who have mastered chords and it didn’t take that long to do. They aren’t any smarter or more talented than you or I. I’ve developed a system that I now use with my own students to demystify the guitar so that they can quickly learn, understand and (fluently) play all sorts of chords (from simple to very advanced), all over the fretboard, in any position, inversion or voicing.

You too can learn how to understand and apply chords and harmony on guitar and be able to write interesting chord progression, use complex chords without even thinking, play awesome rhythm parts on your guitar in any style YOU want!

Blues Guitar scales

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

Scales for Blues Guitar is the course you want to take if you want to focus on pentatonic Blues and Classic Rock leads

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!


Free Music Theory eBooks And Courses

Chord Tone Soloint

Free Chord Tone Soloing Video Course

NEW: When you improvise a guitar lead you keep hitting all the 'wrong notes' and struggle to find the 'right' ones? You know that you have to hit the chord notes, but you struggle to do it in real time? Or maybe you have not idea at all of how to find the 'right' notes.

Well, here's just what the doctor ordered: the free video course on Chord Tone Soloing: How To Always Play The Right Note At The Right Time.

In this course we will explore together how to find the right notes on the fretboard (not just in theory) and how to practice to do everything in real time so that you will be ready to have fun at your next jam.

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!

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!

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Latest Music Theory Videos

notes in guitar chords

How To Learn All The Notes In All The Chords

NEW!Can you tell at the top of your mind what are the notes in the G# minor triad? If the answer does not appear INSTANTLY in your mind, then you need to read this, right now. Knowing all the notes in all the chords is an important skill that will help you making music in any situation (Improvisation, composition, jamming, etc) The good news are: learning the notes in the chords is much easier than you think! Click here to see a simple exercise that you can do to learn the notes in all chords and that you can do anytime - even without your guitar.

guitar dynamics control

How To Control The Dynamics In Your Guitar Playing

The mark of a great guitarist is the nuances in his/her playing like phrasing and dynamics. In fact, I found that all the guitarists that I appreciate AND all the guitarists who have a good tone are masters of dynamics. In this video I show you what dynamics is on the guitar, how to train it, and what dynamics can do for your playing and your guitar tone. See here how to control the dynamics on your guitar.

chord tone soloing

What Is Chord Tone Soloing?

Typical situation: you are improvising with the right scale for your backing track, but somehow what you play still does not sound good. What is happening? The most likely reason is that you are not targeting the notes of the chords in the backing track (a procedure called Chord Tone Soloing). In theory, Chord Tone Soloing is easy, but in practice many guitarists get stuck in trying to remember the notes in the chords and finding them on the fretboard. Fear not, and watch this video that explains what Chord Tone Soloing is and how to learn it the right way so it will feel easy and musical.

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Latest Music Theory Articles

music theory for guitar is different

Is Music Theory For Guitar Different Than Music Theory For Other Instruments?

NEW! Is music theory for guitar different than music theory for other instruments? Well, in theory it's the same... but in practice it's very different. The topics of study for a pianist or a violinist are different than what a guitarist should focus on... and the method is different too! Click here to understand how Music Theory for Guitarists is different from music theory for piano (or trombone), and how this affects you.

do yo need theory to write music

Do You Need Music Theory To Write A Song?

"Do you really need theory to write a song?" is one of the most common questions I receive. The answer is both "yes" and "no", and probably not for the reason you think it is. Click here to see if you really need theory to write music, how the musicians who adamantly refuse to study theory are in fact making their own life harder, and how you can make YOUR life easier! (5 minutes read)

too old to learn theory?

Are You Too Old To Learn Music Theory?

I noticed recently how many guitarists seem to think that they are 'too old' to learn music theory, or how they think that learning theory does not make sense for them, since they played 'all their life' by ear. I also noticed that the age of the guitarists who say they are 'too old to learn' spans from 25 to 90 years old. Click here to see how to see if you are too old to learn music theory. The answer is not as simple as it seems! (4 minutes read)

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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


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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What My Students Say

James Maxwell

James Maxwell

Course: Master of the Modes

"I have been playing guitar for 30 years and have a Bachelor's of Arts in music, but I was still missing a huge piece of the puzzle. After buying several recommend books and countless Youtube tutorials I was left very frustrated. The information was there but it was still boring and lifeless. When I found the Master of the Modes course I knew I was on the right track just by how it was described so I enrolled immediately."

Josh Beetler

Josh Beetler

Course: Master of the Modes

"This course is the first and only course I've ever found that simplified the entire process of learning scales into comprehensive, well though out lessons that build upon one another. I can't wait for the next lesson!"

Gottfrid Norberg Waxin

Gottfrid Norberg Waxin

Course: Master of the Modes

"The Master Of The Modes course is one of the best investments I've made into my own guitar playing. It's such a fun course that explores the theory and practice of modes in a way that I haven't seen before. I have been able to progress with Tommaso's course very quickly, and a big part of that comes from how the concepts are being taught."

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