Music theory for guitarists | A short three part tutorial to get you started

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  1. fretflip

    fretflip TDPRI Member Vendor Member

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    I recently finished this three part tutorial and figured it might bring you value, the tutorial explains notes and pitch, scale degrees and intervals, and in the last part how chords are created. Follow links below.

    1. Notes explained (pitch, accidentals, semi-tone, the chromatic scale)

    2. Scale Degrees and Intervals (scales, chord qualities)

    3. Harmonizing Scales (musical key, the Nashville number system)

    Please reply or PM if any questions. Enjoy!
     
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    Nice job, good read, I already know this stuff but I read some of it and I like it. Very good definitions and graphics.

    Thanks for sharing
     
  3. fretflip

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    Very welcome, and thank you for your feedback. I cleaned up some writings from my personal common-place at fretflip.com and made it kind of coherent suitable to share. There are a lot of questions on the topics covered in the tutorial and I have seen a lot of very long explanations to even the simplest concepts so I figured my short write ups with a lot of graphics would bring value to the community. I do have some more stuff I would like to share, so stay in tune! :)
     
  4. Omar from ST

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    Great job! :)
     
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    Very well put together! Thanks for sharing this!
     
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    Hi fretflip, You are so correct, people can write novels on what they think is required to play a C chord. It can so overkill as to bore someone into quitting the study.

    Everything can be simplified and simplifying is the best way to learn.

    For example, a student wants to know the theory on how a chord is made.

    Simplified, just the facts, no excess verbiage,

    scale,
    C D E F G A B C

    scale in 3rds,
    C E G B D F A C

    chords,
    CEG = C
    DFA = Dm
    EGB = Em
    FAC = F
    GBD = G
    ACE = Am
    BDF = B Diminished

    done,

    That is all the info you need to understand how a chord is made.

    Hopefully it would be self explanitory,, if not I make sure I get paid before they realize lol, definately worth playing and talking about for a lifetime. Play the chords, eventually the theory will not be needed in your playing, not that ever was needed in the first place to play,, now pay me!!!
     
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  7. Deeve

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    Bookmarked ypur site for return visits, @fretflip

    Thanks for a cool resource.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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