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theory May 11, 2017

I just want to quickly share a website with you that I’ve found really helpful when teaching guitar. I believe it’s fantastic for any music student, and it’s free! It’s also accessible by students so they can train at home or on their devices and it’s even available as an app. The site is musictheory.net. So good!

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Theory, Recognition and Ear Training can be a tricky things to teach – especially in a half hour or 45min lesson, however I find that musictheory.net is incredibly useful for students to get better at recognising:

  • Notes
  • Intervals
  • Triads
  • Larger chords
  • Piano keys
  • Fretboard identification
  • Key signatures
  • and more

It’s also really helpful having access to the flash based theory lessons covering topics such as:

  • Notes on the Staff
  • Durations
  • Scale construction
  • Time signatures
  • Key signatures
  • Intervals
  • Diatonic triads
  • Inversions
  • Roman numeral analysis
  • and more

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What is Music Theory?

theory Mar 14, 2017

Well, it’s basically the study of all things musical. This includes the bread and butter stuff like pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals and chord construction. But it’s also the study of how it all works together and how you can use it! Building your knowledge of music theory is probably the biggest investment you could make when learning any instrument, and…it doesn’t have to be slow or tedious.

How it Started

When I started learning guitar, all I wanted to do was play! I don’t think I’d even heard of the term “music theory”. My first teacher just showed me some chords to strum and I was off to a flying start playing guitar. This worked great for a few years. I would just learn more chord shapes, pick a song I wanted to play and then play it over and over till I memorised it. I learned a scale or two and then dabbled in improvising – which is making up guitar solos...

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