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.
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.
So far our discussion on determining the key of a song has been biased towards major keys. Now let’s look at songs at what to do with songs in minor keys.
We know the starting and ending chords are sometimes good indicators a songs key. But what else can help us figure out what key a song is in?
Figuring out what key a song is in is something guitarists usually do if they are playing music with others. How can you tell what key a song is in?
One of the best ways to cement what you learn on guitar, believe it or not, is to learn some of the basics of a different instrument. Guitar Noise extends a hearty “welcome back” to Bruce Fleming, who takes some of the rudiments of music theory and shows how to apply it to the keyboard, enabling you to get started with making chords.
Music theory for guitar doesn’t have to be a scary subject. This page answers some of your most common questions about theory.
Understanding chords makes learning tunes, melodies, improvising and licks much easier. Here are some practical facts about chords that will help.
No matter what you see or hear in notated music, there are only three types of chords, as they relate to key centers: tonic, dominant and subdominant.