Guitar Theory or Fretboard Theory

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What is Music Theory? It’s the study of music and all things essential to music. It’s how music works. So, what is Guitar Theory? It’s how music works with relation to a guitar. If you want to learn how to play guitar or if you are a beginner wanting to learn to play guitar, then you’ve come to the right place because already knowing fretboard theory is going to help put you ahead of the pack when it comes to learning to play guitar.

And that’s why we’ll be dealing mostly with Theory instead of learning to shred and tap and rip out power chords. There will be someone not far down the line who can sit down with you one on one and teach you all of the rich stuff. 

So Glad I Did!

 

A few years before picking up my first guitar, my mom gave me some piano lessons and it was during that time that I learned Music Theory. Over the years I’ve retained what was pertinent to the music I have made along the way.

Knowledge of the strings and where the notes are is one of those bits of knowledge that have proven invaluable. Now I know it may be hard to believe but I still know a few professional musicians who couldn’t tell you any note above the fifth fret on any string. That’s putting a lot of blind faith into luck. And hope. And rote memorization. Hopefully, you’re not going to be like that!

This site is for those who know absolutely nothing about fretboard theory but are ready to take the plunge and get as much out of their playing as they possibly can. If you already know fretboard theory, then use it to reinforce what you already know. As incentives to help you, I’m excited to include a few freebies, too, just to say “thank you!”

Theory will be presented as a series of posts. Each builds on the previous post and each should be considered an individual lesson. While you’re learning from each post, feel free to peruse the website where you’ll learn much, much more! I am going to show you the parts of the guitar, how to tune a guitar and just a few techniques that you will use. From there, the sky is the limit.

Watch Out For Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS)

 

Be sure to keep your eyes open for some pretty good deals on guitars, guitar gear, computer software (if I didn’t use it, I wouldn’t bring it into the house). You’re going to get gear reviews. Pretty cool stuff!

And hopefully we can share a little humor along the way. You DO know how many guitar players it takes to change a light bulb, don’t ya? Twenty. One to do it and nineteen to say they could have done it better…

So c’mon… let’s get started…

Leave Me Some Feedback

 

MegaphoneLike what you see and read? Go to the Leave Comments section and let me know what you think. Don’t like what you see and read? Be sure to leave me a comment or two. I really want to know what you think. I really want to know what you want!

 

 


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3 Comments

  1. Fay

    Your website looks great. The pictures explain a lot and reflect your ideas. Your story about learning guitar is great for your website. This can help people learn a lot about how to tune the guitar and new skills. The fonts are clear and consistent. I think explaining about the different types of guitars might be helpful for beginners or buyers.

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    1. Mike (Post author)

      Thank you for the comment, Fay, and for the suggestion. I think you are correct and I’ll be having a gear review coming up in the not distant future. Also maybe some articles on sore fingertips and how to deal with it, etc. I appreciate your input and your kind words!

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  2. Fay

    This is helpful information about guitar theory. Your experience and story with guitar is interesting and inspires me to try new things. I hope I can become experienced at guitar through this website.

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