With a simple trick involving building chords, you can learn the bass and treble clef notes of standard notation. It’s not so easy if you do not know how to build chords in thirds. If you don’t know how to build chords then you should learn. By the end of the article, you’ll easily remember the notes of the lines and spaces of both clefs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.