How to Learn Guitar Theory on the Fretboard (Guitar Soul Music)

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All guitar players may have different ways of thinking about music theory initially, but they all end up applying musical concepts to the guitar fretboard in a similar manner. This is because the fretboard is a grid and learning it properly requires mapping out chords and scales in the forms of shapes and patterns. So the end result is the same. Today's guitarists can focus on this end result without dwelling too much on the details of written notation or traditional theory. This guitar specific application of music theory, which focuses on the guitar fretboard, is called guitar theory.

Guitar players make many attempts to learn more about how music works. They study notation, learn about the circle of fifths, memorize step formulas for certain scales, and the list goes on and on. What good does all this do in terms of affecting how guitarists play? Not much. There's more to it. Without following through to the guitar fretboard new musical information is useless.

Traditional thought has corrupted the teaching of guitar for too long. Guitar players shouldn't base their studies on methods created for other instruments, like the piano or orchestra instruments. Good musicians prepare themselves to understand and play their instruments specifically. Modern guitar players need to focus on mapping out guitar scales, chords and progressions on the fretboard and this is precisely what guitar theory will teach.

Guitar theory will focus on properly visualizing shapes, patterns and how they connect on the fretboard. Good guitar players understand how musical components relate to each other by the way these pieces fit together. Taking a hands-on approach to learning guitar theory can save players from much frustration and literally add years to their musical development.

Play Until Your Fingers Bleed!
Mr. Desi Serna

Author of Fretboard Theory

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