Category: music theory

Outline for a Crash Course for Brand New Guitar Players

A crash course for teaching brand new guitar players how to play the instrument would strip away all the talk and get right to the basics. It would focus on getting the student to play melodies (and eventually chords) as quickly as possible. It would also teach  just enough “theory” to allow the student to progress to the next

Practicing Scales is Not All About Theory

It is very common to criticize music instructors who emphasize exercises and scales for new students. Probably because many students are not patient enough to work through and acquire the skills needed to actually play stuff on their instrument. While granting that often the right balance isn’t struck, the simple fact is new players are

Is Music Theory Necessary for New Guitar Players?

Many guitar players can go a long way and be effective players without knowing much actual guitar theory. That’s pretty clear if you just watch guitar players. By “actual” guitar theory I mean having a formal understanding of how scales work, how chords are related, how to read traditional music notation, etc., etc. But it