Music Theory 2
By this stage it’s important that you have read the notes on how and why you should learn music theory from the Introduction to this course. If you haven’t, please go and check that section out; it will help you stay motivated if you understand how and why you’re doing all this work!
You’ll be pleased to hear that this second grade is also pretty easy. Most people should be able to complete this grade in a couple of weeks, some in as little as a few days. The focus here is on consolidating your knowledge of the Note Circle, applying it to the guitar and being able to work out the name of any note from the first five frets of the guitar neck.
Putting this information into practice is really important, and knowing the names of the notes on the guitar is a super useful skill that is often overlooked by guitar players. Musicians playing most other instruments are taught the notes they are playing from their very first lesson, and I find it crazy that many guitarists seem to think that it’s OK not to learn them! It is possible to play some things without learning this basic skill but without it you’ll find yourself struggling to move beyond beginner level.
In this grade you will:
- Apply the theory of the Note Circle to the guitar neck
- Learn to read and understand guitar TAB
- Learn to read and understand Chord Boxes
- Understand the differences between Scales, Chords and Arpeggios
- Be able to work out the name of the first five fretted notes on every string of the guitar!
Notes In The First Five Frets
You’ve memorized those open string note names, right? And you remember your Note Circle? Well, now you can easily work out the name of every note on the guitar neck! ...
How To Read Guitar TAB
The information in this lesson is included in my Beginner Guitar Course, but it’s so important to the practical study of music theory that I have included it here as w...
Reading Chord Box Diagrams
It’s really important to learn how to read chord boxes. These diagrams can be used to show chords, arpeggios and note relationships. They show you where to put your fi...
Your Own Chord Book
Making your own chord book is a great way or organising your knowledge in your mind. Writing a chord book will really help you get things clear in your mind!
Fretboard Diagrams For Scales
When chord box-type fretboard diagrams are used to show scales, you will see that there is often more than one note on a string, so it’s important to understand the or...
Chords, Scales & Arpeggios
One theory question that often seems to come up around this point is what the difference is between chords, scales and arpeggios, so I figured that we should nip this ...
Food For Chord Thought
As well as teaching you specific things, I like to sow seeds of thought for you! Perhaps these ideas will bounce around in your subconscious, making connections while ...