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Guitar Theory

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  • Know Your Notes – Yeah I know. It’s a pain in the butt, but you can’t call yourself a musician unless you know the notes up and down the fingerboard.
  • The Major Scale – The mother of all music theory. If you want to learn theory, you gotta know the major scale.
  • The Circle of Fifths – The tool you need for understanding keys and key signatures.
  • IntervalsThe internal structure of music. It all comes down to intervals.
  • Triads – The foundation of harmony. Here you will learn the fundamentals of chord construction and the difference between major, minor, augmented and diminished chords.
  • Triad Inversions – Mapping out the fingerboard. Here you will learn to see major, minor, augmented and diminished chords in all possible positions.
  • The Chord Scale – Harmonizing the major scale with triads. This is where all those cool chord progressions come from.
  • Relative Major/Minor – Understanding the “dual personality” of key signatures.
  • Pentatonic Scales – The starting point for playing great solos. These scales are used by every guitarist who ever spanked the plank.
  • 7th Chords – Stepping beyond the basics. These chords are the bread and butter of blues and jazz.
  • Modes – The lead guitar player’s secret weapon. Everybody talks about modes, but few understand what they are or how to use them.
  • Fingerboard Organization – Organizing the fretboard based on triads, 7th chords, pentatonic scales and modes.
  • Melodic Patterns – Scale sequences for developing melodic freedom. These exercises will help you to take command of the fingerboard.

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