Category: music tracks

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

Learning to Read Music Step 5: Playing Simple Melodies

Once you have a feel for how the musical staff works, and you have worked with some basic scales, it’s time to try a few simple melodies. Not chording to familiar tunes. That will come soon enough (and no doubt are already doing it). What we’re talking about here is playing some simple songs from