Basic Theory for Guitar TUTORIAL
Welcome to your Music Theory for Guitarists Course!
Hi there! I’m Jack, and I have been teaching music for many many years, and in all of that time, the main thing I have noticed that holds students back, whether they have played for months or for decades, is a lack of an understanding of the basics of music theory. So I have created this course to address that issue so that students will have their fundamentals down and will therefore be able to continually improve without limit.
In this module we will learn the fundamental language of music, which all guitarists should know. Most all styles of popular music are a combination of a few different systems of historical influences- the main two being traditional music- such as classical music and folk music coming out of Europe, which is best understood using basic music theory (sometimes called diatonic theory) and the other system being the the more modal style of Blues Music, which works with a different system that is best understood after having the basic language of music at your disposal.
All popular styles fall between these two basic traditions, borrowing more or less heavily from one or the other. It is best to start with the more traditional theory first before tackling blues theory, as it is more foundational, and that is what this course is all about! You will will learn all about basic major and minor scales, and apply that knowledge to the guitar. This will cover major scales, minor scales, learning to apply them to the guitar with their most common scale shapes. It will also include all of your basic triad and seven chords, applied to the guitar, and most importantly, you will learn to recognize the relationship between chords and scales, which will help you as a songwriter, a soloist and an interpreter of other peoples’ songs and compositions as well.
Not only that, having this basic language at your disposal will allow you to have a context for any skill you learn in the future and will help you to understand how music works as a whole. Believe me, you will be so glad to have this course under your belt! So sign up today!
Feel free to watch this introductory video to learn more about what’s to come….
What you’ll learn:
- Understanding how Major and Minor Scales Work
- Understanding what chords relate to those scales
- Learn to understand chord progressions and what scales they suggest
- Learn to improv with basic scales over chord jams
- Best if you can already play a few basic chords