Music Theory for Guitar

Learning the absolute essentials of music theory for guitar is not as difficult as you think. We know guitarists need their music theory delivered in a painless manner so we've paired our talented writers with essential topics ranging from absolute beginner to refresher courses.

Nov22
Rocket Science

Let’s approach music theory and how it relates to the guitar with a simple idea: music theory is actually simple and fun. It’s not rocket science.

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Jun25
Hong Kong Musicians

In this part of Counterpoint things start getting a bit more complicated. Mainly because our musical choices can back us into corners.

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May28
The Clash

Punk music is generally loud, fast, and distorted. And that means you’ll be playing power chords almost all of the time.

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May14

Learn how to harmonize the major scale and create diatonic chords in the final part of Jim Bowley’s trilogy, “The Only Theory Lesson You’ll Ever Need.”

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May08

After reading part one, we’ve now got the basic terminology of counterpoint behind us. We now move on to writing counterpoint melodies.

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May05

Counterpoint is a style of music where you have multiple instruments doing different things at the same time, adding up to something bigger than its parts.

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Apr16

Can anyone really play 10, 15, or 20,000 different chords? Yep, you bet. Tom reveals the system for navigating the fretboard that he teaches his students.

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Apr15

In Part 2 of Jim Bowley’s introduction to basic music theory, you’ll create the Major Scale, possibly the most important musical knowledge you can learn!

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Mar05

Jim Bowley lays down the basics of music theory – in “Part 1″ you learn about notes and where they are on the fretboard of your guitar.

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