Tag: Theory

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Music Composition for Beginners 4: Popular chord progressions

How chords color their progressions, and four iconic examples from pop music.
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Music Composition for Beginners 2: Major, minor and dominant seventh chords

An introduction to major seventh, minor seventh and dominant chords, and how to deploy them while you play.

Music Composition for Beginners 1: Minor, major and power chords (Part 2)

The formulas behind major and minor chords, and how to use CAGED to play them.

Music Composition for Beginners 1: Major, minor and power chords (Part 1)

An introduction to chord formulas and how to form power chords, major chords, and minor chords.
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Music Theory for Beginners 2: Sharps, flats and key changes

An introduction to sharps and flats, keys, and dealing with key changes.
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Music Theory for Beginners 1: Introduction to scales

An introduction to intervals, major and minor scales, and box shapes.

How music theory can make you a better guitarist

Modes, scales, arpeggios, triads—they can be a lot to take in. But stick it out and you’ll find music theory will make learning the guitar far easier.
Fretboard patterns and shortcuts

Beginner Music Theory: Fretboard patterns and shortcuts

Once you understand how patterns on the fretboard work, you can use them as shortcuts to find other notes and new ways to play your favorite riffs.
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Beginner Music Theory: Finding your way across the fretboard

Learning how to identify the notes on a guitar is like having a map of a city you’re visiting—you shouldn’t do without one.

Beginner Music Theory: Learn the five essential chord shapes

Once you pick up the shapes of the famous five—C, A, G, E and D—you’ll be able to play almost any chord.