Music theory doesn’t have to be cumbersome or overly mathematical.
The set of principles we call “music theory” is a system of organization. We give the elements of music distinct names so we can categorize and identify them. These form the building blocks that we can then combine and recombine in endless combinations. These relationships between notes and chords form melodies, chord progressions, and songs.
For the purpose of the average strummer or songwriter, a basic understanding of these relationships is very helpful. You can learn to recognize patterns by ear, and some of those patterns appear in hundreds of songs. This helps you learn new songs much faster, and also gives you more choices on the guitar when you play them.
So to me, a “practical” music theory course for the strummer or writer would focus on chords, chord progressions, and how those progressions show up in real music.
I’m offering my first online theory course on Zoom starting Saturday, February 4, 2023. Classes will meet for six Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18, with a break on 2/25 and continuing March 4, 11, and 18.
Zoom sessions will run noon-1:30p EST, and will recorded and archived to watch any time! Just $179 US.