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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7 Types Of Music Notation For Guitar

There are a number of different systems of music notation for the guitar. Those systems are standard treble clef, lead sheets, guitar tab, chord charts, chord diagrams, Nashville numbers, and Roman number analysis. I explain each type, have graphics for each, cover how to read and use each of them, and have PDF files free for download.

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What Is A Triad? Triads In Music Theory For Guitar

If you want to know what a triad is in music then the answer is here. I give the definition of the four basic music triads: major, minor, augmented and diminished. Triads in music are the basis of all harmony and I have open and closed guitar chords for all the types of triads in music.

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Music Intervals: What Is An Octave & What Are Intervals?

Music intervals and the chromatic scale are the results of dividing an octave into 12 equal parts known as semitones. Once you know all of the music intervals, then you can build any scale or chord based on the intervals that comprise them. Intervals and the octave are fundamental aspects of music theory and are easy to understand.

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