Music theory is usually one of the most difficult topics for people to learn. Today you will understand the easiest way to break down music theory to understand it the best way. It is easier than you think! There are only 4 categories in music theory. The first step is to identify which of these categories the theory you are learning belongs to.
This might be the most difficult thing new musicians get confused by in theory. There are so many new words, many of which are not even English. If you identify what you are learning is a new word, it applies to this category. Terminology is used in all the following categories as well.
This category includes anything with more than 1 note played at a time.
This means anything that uses 1 note at a time.
This does not involve notes at all, but this is the study of time. Music takes place over a period of time. Rhythm is the study of how time is manipulated with patterns.
Each category can be explored to very deep levels, but it does not need to be confusing. Understanding how things work is not rocket science. People often make this more complicated than it needs to be.
Do you want to learn more about guitar than open chords? The next step is to start learning some melodies. There are many different ways to learn melodies. I am going to give you two ways to learn melodies quickly.
- Pick a song that you know well. The better you know the song, the easier you will learn a melody. The better you know the song, the longer you will remember it. This Is the most basic foundation to learn any song. Tomorrows post will be about learning a new song better.
- Go on YouTube and look up a lesson for the song you are learning. You can look up “How to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on guitar”. There is pretty much a lesson for every song you will ever want to play in your entire career. This is an easy way to learn, because you can visually see someone’s hand and they tell you what they are playing.
- Memorize the melody. This is the most important part of learning guitar. Everything you work on should make its way to your memory.
- Practice it over and over. The more you practice it, the better you get at playing it. The more you repeat it, the better you will remember it years from now.
Here is the second approach to learning a melody. This approach is a little bit harder to learn at first, but will make learning faster in the future. This approach will also make it easier to reference a melody you once knew, but forgot.
- Pick a song that you know well. This is for the same reason mentioned above.
- Print off guitar tab for the song you want to learn. This is for two reasons. First: It is there for you to easily access while you are learning it. Second: Store it in a 3 ring binder with a paper protector so that you can keep it for years. You can see your progress and it will be a easy reference if you forget it.
- Memorize the melody. This is for the same reason mentioned above.
- Practice it over and over. This is for the same reason mentioned above.
As you see, the two approaches are very similar. These are both easy to do, and it will be fun. Enjoy!
Howdy! Are you brand new to guitar? Are you a guitar teacher looking for the easiest way to teach beginning guitar ideas? Read over this blog post and check out some of the other posts in this series. Here are 3 tips to memorize the names of the strings on the guitar. If you follow these 3 tips you will memorize them quickly, and never forget them.
- Easter bunny goes dancing at Easter (From high sounding string to low sounding string)
- Eat All Day Get Big Easy (From Low sounding string to high sounding string)
- Eat Apples Daily Grow Big Ears (From Low sounding string to high sounding string)
- Even Average Dogs Get Bones Eventually (From Low sounding string to high sounding string)
- Eleven Angry Donuts greet big Elephants (From Low sounding string to high sounding string)
- Elves Ate Dirt getting better ebooks (From Low sounding string to high sounding string)
- Elvis bit grannies dog after epilepsy (From high sounding string to low sounding string)
Make up your own as well. It does not need to be good, it can be crazy. To make this process faster, try running around your house screaming the pneumonic you choose to memorize. This will activate your adrenaline which will improve your memory and recall.
This is the easiest way to memorize open guitar strings. Try it, I promise you will see dramatic improvement quickly.