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

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Have you been struggling to learn music theory for guitar? Or are you simply looking for a faster, better and easier way to learn music theory? You're not alone. I know how you feel and a lot of guitar players have felt this way. 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 become overwhelming fast.
  2. They 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 incomplete 'pieces' of music theory without real connection to other concepts.
  4. Their approach to teaching music theory for guitar is just BORING - kind of like reading a computer manual… yuk!
  5. There's a lot of music theory stuff out there for guitar. But there is not not much guidance about what you need to do so that you can focus on what you want to achieve with your music.

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.

We designed MusicTheoryForGuitar.com and all our music theory guitar articles, lessons and resources to give you exactly what you want and need. Now you can learn music theory for guitar in a fun, easy-to-understand, and complete way.

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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 if:

  • You want to focus on lead guitar playing.
  • You want to completely master the guitar fretboard
  • You want be able to improvise over ANY backing track or chord progression

It's a course for both beginner an advanced players.

Some guitar players 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 be creative with scales & modes on guitar... and with this I don't mean a bunch of scale patterns thrown together: I mean REAL musical insight.

Scales and modes are one of the most difficult (and controversial) topic in music theory... To make them easy-to-understand you need a simple and consistent system. A system for learning, mastering, and actually using scales and modes in real music without any limitations.

Armed with the core knowledge of Master of the Modes, you will learn and connect all there is to know about the modes. And yes, together we will use everything you are going to learn to play real music.

Learn how to finally master completely scales and modes on guitar. Learn a system 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.
  • You are interested in songwriting and composition.
  • You want to learn harmony on the guitar fretboard.

It's a course 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 find and play any chord right away 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 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 simple harmony system that I use with my own real-life students. This system takes out the mystery from the guitar so that they can learn, understand and (fluently) play all sorts of chords in a short time. You too will be able to play any chord, 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. You will be able to write cool chord progression - the kind that make people say "what did he just play?". You will be able to use complex chords without even thinking. You will be able to 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? Do you struggle in playing the Blues in all keys and over all the fretboard (as opposed in just one basic position)? Are you thinking too much about "what to play next"? Wouldn't you rather than let your emotions speak through your playing?

If you have answered "yes" to any of the questions above, then you need to learn how music theory applies to Blues. And you need to understand how to use this knowledge into your guitar playing in an effective way.

Here's how to finally master all the scales for Blues guitar. Get rid of your frustration and lack of confidence once and for all. Learn how to 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 questions, 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

enharmonic notes

Is Ab the same NOTE as G#? [Practical consequences of music theory]

NEW!Is Ab the same note as G#? This is one of the question in music theory that nobody seems to answer in a clear way, even if the answer must be just yes or no. I will tell you the answer immediately: Ab is not the same note as G#. And in fact, the difference between these two notes has very practical consequences when you use them in your music. In this video, we'll see why Ab and G# are different notes, and we will also understand why musicians are so particular in using sharps or flats when spelling out scales and chords (it turns out that there is a practical reason for that!)

spicing perfect cadence

How To Make The Most Common Chord Progression Sound Wonderful [Simple Music Theory]

The most common chord progressions in all music is probably the progression from the V chord of the key to the I chord of the key (sometimes referred to as the 'perfect cadence'). In C major this chord progression is G(7) to C, and in C minor it's G(7) to Cm. If you try to play it, this chord progression sounds really plain. In centuries of music theory, great musicians have found several ways to make this simple chord movement sound different and interesting - and we are going to learn them together today! Click here to see how to spice up the perfect cadence and make a plain chord progression sound sophisticated.

most emotional note

What Is The Most Emotional Note In C Major? [Controversial Music Theory]

What is the most emotional note in the key of C major? This is clearly a loaded question: different people hear different notes as 'the most emotional one', and the context in which the note is played matters too. And yet, everything else being the same, in my opinion, there is one note that can be called the most emotional one in C major. This note has been used by countless composers and songwriters to create heart-rending and tear-jerking melodies and chord progressions. Click here to see which one is the most emotional note in C major, and how to make it work in your music.

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Latest Music Theory Articles

better guitar tone

7 Simple Tips To Have A Better Guitar Tone And Spend Nothing

NEW! Most guitar players are on a quest to find a great guitar tone, and are on the hunt for the best guitar, amp, digital modeler... And yet, we all know guitarists that have the best rig in the world and still have a bad tone. The fact is that regarding tone, the player comes before the instrument. Click here to see how you can get a great guitar tone by spending nothing and only changing the way you play and approach the instrument.

music theory for guitar is different

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

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)

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Latest Music Theory Interviews

Jeff Loomis Music Theory Interview

We recently interviewed Jeff Loomis of Nevermore fame, and picked his mind on his approach to composition. Jeff shares some great advice on dealing with writer's block and on keeping your solos fresh and spontaneous.

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!

Julia Kosterova Music Theory Interview

An exclusive interview with raising star Julia Kosterova about how she approached composing on her new album Springs of Time. Learn how Julia used music theory to create melodic and original songs. Click here to listen to the inteview with Julia Kosterova on composition.

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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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