Best Way To Learn Music Theory For Beginners

If you are a beginner and want to learn music theory, then concentrate on the relationship between chords and scales. By focusing on those 2 elements, also known as harmony and melody, you will learn a large amount of music theory. In this article, I keep things simple and give a 5 topic outline to help you learn theory so you can become a better musician.

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Guitar Chord Names: How To Name Chords

You will often see musicians in forums asking about a particular chord name and what it is. Usually, its the complex chord names that cause confusion, ones with sharp-this and/or flat that in the name. I have a 5-point checklist to deconstruct any chord name which will help you with all chord names you encounter.

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The Pentatonic Scale And Major Scale Modes

I cover the missing notes from the pentatonic scale that builds 6 of the 7 modes of the major scale. I'll even cover a simple trick to play the Locrian pentatonic. First I compare the major pentatonic to the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes. Then I compare the minor pentatonic scale to the Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian modes.

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Music Symbols and Meanings (Guitar)

I cover over 70 music symbols, their meanings and how to use what they represent in your improvisation and songwriting. For example, if you are not aware of time signatures, then all your originals are probably in common time. In this article, I explain the symbols associated with guitar technique, time & rhythm, dynamics, ornamentation, percussive embellishments, chords, directions and general symbols used in music notation.

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CAGED System (Guitar Fretboard Visualization)

I cover the guitar fretboard visualization tool known as the CAGED system. It is the basis for moveable chord forms such as barre chords. Using the CAGED system, you can play any type of chord or scale anywhere along the fretboard. I cover how to use the system and how not to fall prey to the pitfall of the CAGED system.

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Circle Of Fifths: Fundamental Music Theory

The circle of fifths is an excellent music theory graphic that every musician should know inside and out. It shows you all the notes in any major or natural minor scale and the key signature for each of those scales. You can also use it to build the triads in the major scale, as well as use it for transposing and modulation.

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