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So I've decided to start learning some theory...

Music Theory
Skold  
1 Apr 2008 10:34 | Quote
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Mainly, I wanna learn how to construct chords from scales. Any help?


Note: I've never learned really anything about theory. What I know about music is all self-taught, so...
Doz  
1 Apr 2008 12:18 | Quote
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http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/for_beginners/learning_music_theory_the_beginning.html

I know you dislike Ultimate Guitar, but this lesson. It covers all the basics and will make you quite adept with applying music theory.
Skold  
1 Apr 2008 12:21 | Quote
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Thanks, Doz.
Skold  
1 Apr 2008 12:50 | Quote
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Wow, this stuff is actually fun. I finally found out that one of the batman themes is just a minor triad, then a you just add the combine is with the augmented triad and sharp the 5th. So, it's like 1-3b-5#. Is there a name for that?
blackholesun  
1 Apr 2008 13:50 | Quote
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les_paul  
1 Apr 2008 14:09 | Quote
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Good site Doz! Thanks!
brodyxhollow  
2 Apr 2008 08:12 | Quote
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i think a lot of people are intimidated of the idea of music theory at first, but once you understand it, it can make things really smooth and really interesting. you have a little bit more insight on what you can do and where you can go with your music.
Doz  
2 Apr 2008 10:21 | Quote
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I agree fully with brody, and I think that when people claim it limits you - they are only misunderstanding. Have you ever noticed that the only people who claim theory limits you are the people who don't know theory? ;)
Wigo  
2 Apr 2008 18:08 | Quote
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I had to learn the theory when i broke my wrist, its not that bad or hard to learn
bodom  
2 Apr 2008 18:15 | Quote
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Put it this way because of theory I can play any chord without looking it up in a book or on the internet. That comes in handy trust me.
Guitarslinger124  
2 Apr 2008 21:16 | Quote
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I agree with Bodom. Knowing your stuff saves a lot of time...think about this-you could be writing music instead of having your head stuck in a book learing how to compose. learn the theory early on...or you'll be upset with yourself later.
bodom says:
trust me
period.
KicknGuitar  
3 Apr 2008 00:25 | Quote
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bodom says:
I can play any chord without looking it up in a book or on the internet

It's great for reading any music transcription, and knowing you can figure out the structure of the chord somewhere else to get those other tones out...
Helps when you're trying to play,
G13(b9), Db9, C+7(#9), D7(#9, b5), Db13(#11), C+7(#9) within only 8 beats. I could be playing them anywhere, but because I messed around with the chord structure, I was able to play all of them within 3 or so frets.

Anyway, Skold, if you want some basic stuff, I've done some theory-like lessons, some on chords, some on intervals. Check them out and let me know what you think.

The Many Faces Of Intervals: An Interval Intro To Quality And Size
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=27

The Structure Of Major And Minor Scales
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=26

Chordal Structure: Building Triads By Intervals
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=28

Stripped Chords: A Look At Dave Matthews Chords
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=29
Skold  
4 Apr 2008 14:30 | Quote
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Again, thanks. With what I've learned so far, I constructed a C7 chord, and a Cmaj7 chord without having to look it up.
Doz  
5 Apr 2008 13:14 | Quote
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Ah, cool. Keep at it, get some more chords in.


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