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Music theory often gets a bad rap for being boring, difficult and basically standing in the way of you and enjoying your instrument. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Is music theory difficult?
Although there are some great resources out there, not all music-theory lessons – especially those online – are accurate, never-mind accessible. It’s true that some aspects of music theory can be confusing but this is more often due to poor, overcomplicated teaching rather than the difficulty of the concept itself.
Every player will at some point experience a plateau in their playing where they aren’t sure of the steps to take to improve; that’s where music theory comes in! Music theory ‘connects the dots’. For example, you might know how to play bar chords on the guitar but not understand how patterns of root notes are connected across the fretboard… theory answers these questions.
Why learn music theory?
Whether focussing on scales, chord construction, intervals or reading music, the main reasons to learn music theory are to unlock the potential of your instrument, improve your ear and ability to improvise with others, and to give you more creative freedom.
Each music theory cheat-sheet focusses on one core concept. I have deliberately tried to only include the absolute essentials of each topic while being careful not to exclude any important points.
Get in touch!
Whether you are just interested in learning some theory for yourself, or working towards a specific qualification, e.g. ABRSM or Trinity exams, then these guides should come in handy. If you would like to request a specific cheat-sheet or enquire about online music theory lessons then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you asap!