Why learn music theory? It makes your knowledge of the guitar transportable. Discover a cool sound in one place on the fretboard and quickly figure out how to play it in a different position or key. Instead of just memorizing where to put your fingers, see the underlying patterns. Understanding the logic behind the music you love will make you a better, more versatile guitar player.
Learn a few ways to understand the circle of fifths and how to play progressions with changing tonalities.
Playing by ear is a great skill to have, but being able to read music is an asset that will take you to the next level as a guitarist.
Create short melodic patterns and repeat them on successive steps of the major scale.
Bored of soloing with the major scale or the minor pentatonic? Looking for something new to help expand your musical palette? The Mixolydian mode might just be the thing. This mode can be a great tool for improvising in blues, jazz, rock, or practically any other style.
Have you ever improvised using a tried-and-true scale—only to hit a note that just doesn’t sound right once a chord change comes along? Here’s a remedy for this common problem: By targeting the notes of a given tune’s chord progression, you can create solos that sound more copacetic.
Learn to connect the fingerboard positions you know so you can move up and down the neck more smoothly.
You'll start with a familiar-sounding major-pentatonic phrase and then move it up each step of the G major scale.
As you practice your scales, it’s good to remind yourself of the function of the individual notes of those scales. Here we start with open-position scales taken from the chord progression for "Autumn Leaves."
The music in most guitar books and magazines is written in standard notation and tablature. Here's how to read standard guitar notation and guitar tabs.