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Guitar Music Theory

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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Location:

United States

Description:

This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep123 What is a Circle Progression? (Using the Circle of 5ths and 4ths)

5/19/2022
What’s a circle chord progression? I discuss this composition technique in my latest podcast episode and explain how it relates to the Circle of Fifths used in music. I give you a few examples based on familiar songs and demonstrate how playing the 5th cycle backward creates the circle of 4ths. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated...

Duration:00:28:23

Ep122 Q&A David Lund Helix

5/12/2022
In episode 122 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome my friend David Lund to talk about the Line 6 Helix plus answer questions about shopping for a guitar, learning songs, playing modes, and more. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Duration:01:17:43

Ep121 How to name and use the Dadd4add9 chord

4/29/2022
In my latest podcast episode, I discuss the Dadd4add9 chord. This is a complex-sounding chord that is actually very easy to play. Use it to spruce up your playing and make things sound more interesting. It also goes by the name Dadd2add4 and even D11. I explain where its names come from and give you examples of how it's used in familiar songs. The following songs are good examples that use the shape in its entirety as Dadd4add9. "Man on the Moon" REM "Closer to Fine" Indigo...

Duration:00:59:42

Ep120 Top 10 Fingerpicking Songs You Should Learn

4/4/2022
In my latest podcast episode, I discuss the top 10 fingerpicking songs you should learn. If you want to develop the fingerpicking techniques commonly used in popular styles of music, these songs are some of the best to learn. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Duration:00:17:01

Ep119 Q&A with Matt Reviere - Pinch harmonics - Thumb Placement - Hearing Protection - Pentatonic Scale - E Flat Tuning

3/19/2022
In my latest podcast episode, Matt Reviere and I answer questions about pinch harmonics, thumb placement, hearing protection, pentatonic scales, E flat tuning, and more. Additionally, we get a voicemail message from Dan Daniels who informs me about a problem with the shipping rates on my website. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated...

Duration:01:18:33

Ep118 Pink Panther Theme

3/7/2022
In my latest podcast episode, I show you an easy way to play the Pink Panther Theme on guitar. This song makes use of the pentatonic scale, blues scale, minor scale, and harmonic minor scale. There's also good use of chromatic half-step movement and a tritone substitution. I also discuss my new Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB Audio Interface (Gen 3) and answer a question about when to change guitar strings. *** 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit...

Duration:01:00:48

Ep117 Blackbird | How Does This Song Work?

2/21/2022
In my latest podcast episode, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring "Blackbird" by The Beatles. This song was written, sung, and played by Paul McCartney. It features a combination of finger picking and finger strumming plus compound 3rd intervals, chromatic voice leading, and a key change. I teach these types of composition techniques in my Fretboard Theory books and video courses. Gear used includes a PRS SE Angelus acoustic/electric guitar and a Fishman Aura...

Duration:00:42:27

Ep116 Matt Reviere - How to Be a Professional Guitarist

2/7/2022
In Episode 116 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome back Carrie Underwood guitarist Matt Reviere. We talk about how Matt got started with playing guitar as a beginner and what he had to do to become good enough to play at a professional level. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Duration:01:23:34

Ep115 Q&A Positions Patterns Acoustic Strings Santana Ear Training and Hate Mail

1/27/2022
In my latest podcast episode, I answer listener questions about fretboard positions, scale patterns, acoustic guitar strings, Carlos Santana guitar tone, ear training, and more plus I share some hate mail. FREE VIDEO COURSE 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. EAR TRAINING...

Duration:01:11:20

Ep114 7 Ways to Improve Your Guitar Playing For Songwriting

1/18/2022
In my latest podcast episode, I give you 7 ways to improve your guitar playing for songwriting. It's difficult to write songs and perform when your guitar skills are weak or nonexistent. This is especially true for newcomers to the songwriting world who have little to no experience playing an instrument. By following my seven recommendations, you can get your guitar skills in order so that nothing holds you back from writing great-sounding, meaningful music. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need...

Duration:00:41:24

Ep113 Thunderstruck ACDC How Does This Song Work?

12/30/2021
In this free guitar lesson, I give you an overview of the song “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. You get to know the key and chords. You see the scales and modes used to play the main riff and lead guitar solo. You may be surprised to find out that Angus Young and his brother Malcolm managed to use a bit of harmonic minor and mixolydian mode, proving that AC/DC's music is more than just your typical three-chord rock. Most of the rhythm guitar parts played throughout “Thunderstruck” are simple, but...

Duration:00:55:59

Ep112 Please Come Home for Christmas | How Does This Song Work?

12/17/2021
“Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles includes some interesting twists and turns that leave your average guitarist wondering how the seemingly unrelated chords sound so good together. In this free guitar lesson, I explain how the song makes use of composition techniques such as chromatic voice leading and secondary dominants to create a soulful, rhythm and blues, Christmas classic. I explain everything from counting the 12/8 time signature to using the major pentatonic scale...

Duration:01:09:13

Rolling Stones 500 The Beatles

12/11/2021
Let It Be is known as The Beatles’ breakup record: the one where squabbles among John, Paul, George, and Ringo began to overtake the music, resulting in their darkest, most divisive set of songs. In our season 2 premiere, Paul and Ringo join best-selling author and Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield to take us step-by-step through the making of the album, from the failed back-to-basics concept to the famous 1969 rooftop gig to the bitter feud over producer Phil Spector’s involvement. Listen...

Duration:00:02:30

Ep111 Major 7 Chords - Upgrading Inexpensive Guitars - Structuring Practice Time - Ear Training - and More

12/7/2021
In episode 111 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I answer questions about major 7 chords, upgrading inexpensive guitars, structuring practice time, and more. ********************* 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. ********************* In I Am Mine, the latest edition of Audible’s Words + Music series,...

Duration:00:59:50

Ep110 Guitar Theory For Dummies 2nd Edition

11/23/2021
In my latest podcast episode, I talk about the *2nd edition* release of my book, Guitar Theory For Dummies. This book covers scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more for guitar and has been a good-enough seller to warrant a second printing. Yay! This episode is supported in part by Hosa Cables. Visit hosatech.com and use code THEORY30 to get 30% off your next order. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the question...

Duration:01:04:58

Ep109 Wonderwall | How Does This Song Work

11/16/2021
In my latest podcast episode, I examine the song "Wonderwall" by Oasis. This popular guitar song features a challenging syncopated strumming pattern plus makes use of pedal tones and a capo. This episode is supported in part by Hosa Cables. Visit hosatech.com and use code THEORY30 to get 30% off your next order. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the question about your playing, and get FREE custom video instruction...

Duration:01:05:16

Ep108 Questions – Finding keys, construction of the pentatonic scale, major scale patterns, guidelines for teaching, Family Tradition, Jingle Bell Rock, playing and singing at the same time, and more

10/27/2021
In this podcast episode I answer listener questions about finding keys, the construction of the pentatonic scale, how to practice major scale patterns, guidelines for teaching, Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jr., Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, playing and singing at the same time, and more. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated...

Duration:01:01:14

Ep107 Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar

10/15/2021
VIEW BEGINNER GUITAR PRIMER HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0941VSZYZ Today, I want to talk about my latest book, Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar. There are a lot of guitar books available to teach you the basics of playing guitar, but there aren’t many to explain what the process is like and how you should get prepared to take your first steps. This is where my book comes in. It’s not a beginner guitar method. Instead, I talk about what...

Duration:01:09:16

Ep106 Fretboard Theory Student Composes Music in GarageBand

10/5/2021
In episode 106 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, Fretboard Theory student, Stephen Brutscher, talks about how he used what he learned about music composition to record his own instrumental guitar tracks using GarageBand for Mac. Check out his album, Doomed Paradise by Ghost Knives, here: https://ghostknives.hearnow.com/ 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom...

Duration:01:13:01

Ep105 Under the Bridge - How Does This Song Work?

9/25/2021
🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. ************************** "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers features chords that don't seem to fit together in any one key. In this lesson, I show you how guitarist John Frusciante makes use of pedal tones and modal interchange (also called modal mixture or...

Duration:00:45:26