Harmony and Theory

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 1.06.43 PMThese lessons are designed as part of the 10-Week course. If you haven’t yet, check out the Lesson Guide.

Also if you haven’t, download the PDF’s below, It’s helpfull to know all the notes on the guitar, and the Scale Glossary will be a handy reference tool. (Both of these are available in the Power Tools section as well, you don’t need to download them twice).

Notes on the Guitar

Shred Scale Glossary

The material presented here is especially good for you! This is because it’s all referenced from a guitar players point of view. I hate to admit it but a long time ago I flunked a college course on harmony and theory. In that class we each sat in front of a piano. I could shred, but I was young and didn’t know anything about piano or theory. Furthermore I couldn’t read music and the other students in the class could read and knew basic piano. I didn’t get how what the teacher talked about applied to my guitar. Here, each and every video is designed so you can learn the theory concepts on your guitar with a guitar in your hands! Furthermore, although I recommend knowing the notes on the neck, you don’t have to read music at all for any of these theory lessons!!

I’ve heard about Chinese mathematicians who do huge calculations in their head. Their secret is they visualize an abacas then move the beads around in their mind! That’s what I suggest here. Visualize your guitar neck, make it your abacas, and get a clear picture of it in your head!  Some music teachers will say visualizing music on the staff is better. I disagree, knowing the staff is fine but you are a guitar player, you need to know your guitar first! 

My advice is to learn the concepts covered here so you can use it as one of your musical tools. It’s all designed for rock, metal and blues players and is great for understanding songwriting, soloing, putting chords together and especially it’s a great for communicating ideas with other musicians. It’ll also help you connect the dots and establish reference points and understand all kinds of musical concepts.

Don’t let any of these concepts limit you. Theory isn’t something you base your music on, it’s more of an explanation of how music works.

I put these chapters together in a way that I feel flows naturally as a guitarist. Some of the ideas may seem extremely simple, but I included them so you can get the whole picture.

These chapters roughly correlate to the Harmony & Theory Guide in my book “Shred Guitar”, but I’ve included some additional chapters here that were left out of the book. The book was extensively edited, so there is info here in some of these chapters that may not appear in the book.

Anyway, have fun with Harmony & Theory it’s a great tool to become a better player.

Paul H

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