Guitar Theory Lessons You Can Actually Understand
I'm glad you've shown interest in guitar theory
lessons, because that suggests you understand how important
this knowledge is, not only to your
guitar playing but your overall
understanding of music.
These lessons will help you connect your fretboard, chord and
and deepen your understanding of how music works on guitar. This is
crucial if you want to improvise confidently and come up with ideas in
Many guitarists don't bother with this stuff, and
I can only say they don't know what they're missing out on. I'm sure
results will prove most rewarding!
The problem is, a
lot of guitar theory lessons out there are poorly explained and
overcomplicated. I've made it my goal to teach guitar theory in a way
that focuses your learning on only the most important concepts,
explained in plain English. I'll introduce you to some
terminology, but it will be backed up with clear and simple
Theory Lessons Contents
please make sure you've been through the fretboard foundations
to guitar theory?
Take the foundation
Learning theory is far easier when you
know the major scale.
It's arguably the basis of western music, and the scale against which
harmonies can be referenced. This lesson
gives you all the details and provides you with clear diagrams of the
major scale in different positions.
Introduces you to the theory
behind how root notes work in
forming guitar chords. An essential primer for the guitar theory
lessons on chord construction below.
How to construct chords, from
basic major and minor triads to more advanced, extended chords. Take
your knowledge of the major scale (above) and use
it to discover a wealth of chord voicings on the fretboard, not just
the plain old ones you're used to. Easy-to-follow, nothing overwhelming
here but very rewarding indeed. Also in this series...
on from the chord theory series above, learn how to construct chord
inversions on the fretboard, giving you even more chord voicing
options. Also in this series...
lesson will help you understand the concept of harmonizing scales and how you can
pull chords from scales. In short, it brings together your knowledge of
chord theory and scales into one system.
Learn the concept of parallel keys and how the use of minor key chords
in major key progressions can be related to a simple scale change. See also...
Learn how to build economical triad shapes in any key by harmonizing
the major scale in 3 positions on the top 3 strings of the guitar. This
will help you to explore more melodic expression with your chord
playing. Relative Triads
Using your knowledge of triad shapes, learn how we can play them over
relative triads to create more complex harmony and melody. For example,
what happens when we play Bm over Em?
Shows you how to identify a
"starting point" for your
soloing by connecting scale patterns to chord shapes. This is about
using your knowledge of those basic barre/movable chords from the
chords section and superimposing scale patterns on those same
Ever wondered where sharps and flats come
This lesson explains how sharps and flats are formed in scales and
chords. It should also help you understand how important the major
scale is in music theory in general.
Learn how to identify and
use passing tones in
scales. These are tones you should avoid emphasising (e.g. holding
onto) in your solos. Includes a backing track and ear training
exercises to help you pick out the passing tones in the example scales.
Learn how to build meaningful
musical phrases from scales in your solos. This series will show you
how to explore scales with purpose and beyond the linear meandering
that so many players get trapped in when starting out with scales.
is about moving a collection of notes to a new pitch. This lesson looks
specifically and transposing chord progressions to a new key using 3
First learn how to build arpeggios block
by block, then learn how to
weave them into
your guitar solos. This series introduces you to the world of
arpeggios, how to construct them and how you can use them to "vertically enhance"
your solos and create
more meaningful lead phrases.
of the Major Scale
Series which looks
at the 7
modes of the major scale. Each lesson takes you
through the individual
"flavour" and characteristics of each mode, with jam tracks to help you
experiment with your own ideas. Finally, we learn how the modes work
together as part of a larger musical expression.
How to Solo Over Chord Changes
Gives you a clear process for playing melodies (lead) through
chord changes. Very important, as most songs use more than one chord!
Connects your knowledge of chord shapes, arpeggios and scales to chord
progressions. See also...
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