music theory for guitar

Beginner’s guide to guitar notes, intervals, scales, and chords

One thing that used to confuse me when I started learning guitar was the relationship between the notes on the neck. Looking at guitar notes on the neck, they seemed like a bunch of notes thrown there together with no relationship with each other. I used to think, that good guitar players could pick notes …

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Why “How Much Music Theory Should I Learn” is not the Right Question to Ask (and what to ask instead)

In 7 myths about music theory, I explain what music theory is not, what it is, and have hopefully convinced you that you need it if you’re learning a musical instrument. But how much music theory do you need? In this lesson, I will show you that this question isn’t the most ideal question to …

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4 Scales you can use if you’re improvising in minor keys

4 Minor scales you can use if you’re improvising on guitar (and how to use them)

What guitar scale should you improvise on if you’re playing in the key of C major? The C major scale, right? Or else the C major pentatonic scale, which doesn’t have any different notes, only less. What guitar scale should you improvise on if the music is in the key of A minor? A minor …

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Should Rock Guitar Players Learn Music Theory?

James Hetfield, Metallica’s singer, songwriter and of course, guitar player has made reference to his lack of formal knowledge of music theory many a time in interviews and elsewhere. He does mention being taught some theory by the late Cliff Burton, but it’s unlikely he spent time in a class spelling out the relative minor …

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