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Laura Zahn has a degree in Music from Indiana University, and has been teaching consistently in the Greater Philadelphia and Lower Merion areas since graduating in 2010. You can read her Bio below:
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So you’ve been playing guitar for a couple years now, and you’ve got all the basic techniques down. Bar chords are no problem, you can solo with the major and minor pentatonic and blues scales, and maybe you’ve even gotten into learning some 7th chords or rootless voicings. Now the question becomes: do you know what you’re playing and why you’re playing it? This is where music theory comes into the equation. If you want to better understand chord makeups, chord progressions, and what scales and melodies can work over them, then you have to start to understand at least the basics of music theory. Applying what you learn from theory can open up new worlds of possibility in your playing and composing, and can really help spur on some periods of creativity and inventiveness. However, tackling these concepts immediately on the guitar can prove a daunting task because of how string instruments are constructed, so I recommend learning some basic piano.
But I’m a guitar player you say! Why should I learn piano? Well, piano really is the ultimate theory and composition instrument because of how logically it’s laid out for you. (Disclaimer: If you haven’t done so already, you’re going to want to learn how to read notes on the guitar so that translating what you learn on the piano to the guitar won’t be so difficult. I personally recommend starting with Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method: Grade 1, and then moving onto Berklee Press: A Modern Method for Guitar, Volume 1.) Even getting through just the first half of one of these books with a good teacher should at least give you the foundation to figure out how to translate notes from the piano to the guitar. For example, you might see something as follows when you first begin learning theory, and if you don’t know the notes on the treble clef it’s almost impossible to understand. It explains the order of half steps and whole steps which constitutes the major scale in any key.
Tablature is a system of reading guitar music which is based on fret numbers as opposed to symbols on a staff. As guitarists we have two options when it comes to reading music. One is standard notation, which is essential for translating music to anyone who’s not a guitar or bass player, and the other is tablature. There are many people who will disagree with me on this, but I feel that learning how to read tablature and rhythms is enough to get by for the casual guitarist. However, if you want to begin to learn music theory, get into the realms of jazz or classical music or pursue music as a career, then it is essential that you learn how to read standard notation.
Introducing standard notation too early on can be a little boring for guitarists excited to start playing the music that they love, so I almost always start with teaching tablature (unless the music that they love happens to be jazz or classical). Once you’re able to read tablature there are endless resources available to you on the internet and in transcription books to keep you busy for a long, long time. The good news is that tablature is an incredibly simple system for translating guitar music. Once you get the basics of reading tabs, you should find a teacher or a book that explains reading rhythms. This is really important in comprehending more complex solo passages or strumming patterns, and is often overlooked by guitarists.
This is what a line of blank tablature looks like: