Learning Music Theory for Guitar

Guitarists and other musicians need music theory delivered in a painless manner. If you're looking for the easiest introduction possible to music theory or simply want to brush up on theory you already know, check out these lessons from Guitar Noise's talented writers and teachers. Topics covered range from basic overviews, such as The Musical Genome Theory series of lessons to articles on specific things, such as extended and altered chords.

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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