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Information of Guitar Music Theory

Let me tell you some of the basics, music theory as it applies to guitar is built up of the following: scales, steps, chords and chord progressions. Each of these contribute to the overall song. It can be thought of as a recipe as if you are making a type of food. Start with a tortilla, add some rice, beans, some chicken, sauce and cheese. These are each parts in the recipe that contribute to the overall delicious burrito. The better each of these ingredients are, the more well defined and unique the taste but each of them contribute, even if they have been tasted before to making it something you can recognize.

To make a song you need to use different things like: a major scale, a chord progression and rhythm . A scale is typically a major or minor scale, it represents the relationship that notes have to each other. The C Major Scale is defined as: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C. A G Major Scale is defined as: G A B C D E F# G. Now each of these has a step sequence between them. It helps to use different amounts of steps like a whole or a half step. For C Major it’s: C whole step D whole step E half step F whole step G whole step A whole step B half step C.

The next piece of information to understand with regards to guitar music theory is that there are also chords. A chord is like a scale, you typically only hear two types, major and minor chords. A C Major chords looks like this: (C E G), the intervals that define this are: C 2 steps E 1.5 steps G. A major chord is defined as: 2 steps – second note – 1.5 steps – third note and a minor chord is defined as: 1.5 steps – second note – 2 steps – third note.

Now that you know something about scales and chords you can see that you need to learn about progressions. If you can start to add these variations in to the progression: ACE, DFA, CEG, FAC, GBD, EGB and BEG you will have achieved a song. You alternate what chords you play and then that is the building block of the song. There are plenty of other resources out there to make sure you learn guitar music theory. I hope you have the terminology down now so that in the the future when you see how these relate to styles you will know that you can just play certain chords and scales with progressions and make happy songs.