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Andrew Cockburn
Hello, and welcome to Andrew's Theory Lessons!

Over time I am hoping that this will become a complete theory course that will enable players of all levels to learn all they need to know about theory to support their guitar playing.

If the list of lessons looks a little daunting, here is how I suggest you read them, starting with the simplest first. I have also categorised them in terms of dificulty level. Some lessons are in the planning stages and not yet complete, but I'll list those as well so that you can see what is coming next, and I'll keep this list updated over time.You can click on the titles to go straight to the lesson itself.

If you are more experienced, feel free to dive straight in to the lessons that interest you the most!

I'm also happy to do requests, so if there are any parts of musical theory that interest you and you would like a lesson on, let me know on the main theory board.

Happy theory learning cool.gif

  1. Guitar Parts (Beginner)
  2. Theory Basics for Guitar (Beginner)
  3. Reading Music - Tabs and Music Notation (beginner)
  4. How Can I Tell Which Key a Song is in? (Beginner)
  5. Reading Scale Diagrams
  6. Introduction to Scales (Beginner)
  7. The Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales(Beginner)
  8. The Major Pentatonic Scale (Beginner)
  9. Major Scales 101 (Beginner)
  10. Minor Scales 101 (Beginner)
  11. Writing Solos
  12. Intervals, Triads, Chords and Harmonies (Intermediate)
  13. Arpeggios 101
  14. The Circle of 5ths (Intermediate)
  15. Chords for Scales (Intermediate)
  16. CAGED (Intermediate)
  17. Time 101 (Intermediate)
  18. Ear Training (Intermediate)
  19. Moving the boxes (Intermediate)
  20. Breaking out of the boxes (Intermediate)
  21. Harmonics (Internediate)
  22. Modes 101 (Advanced)
  23. Minor Scales Revisited (Advanced)
  24. Complex Harmonies (Advanced)
  25. Three notes per String Scales (Advanced)
  26. Exotic Scales (Advanced)
  27. Theory Features (Advanced)


Oh - and don't miss Vinod's sight reading course.
ibanezkiller
why are some of them not clickable?
Andrew Cockburn
QUOTE (ibanezkiller @ Jul 17 2007, 11:47 AM) *
why are some of them not clickable?


As I said in the post, I haven't written them all yet!
ibanezkiller
ah thanks so much
fire
checked some until now, can only say : great job!
megadeth1117
hey, i don't mean to rush you seeing you are very busy with the other lessons, but do you have an idea when the "writing solos" part will be finished

thanks in advance smile.gif
Andrew Cockburn
Thanks for asking - I'm still thinking about that one so it is unlikely to be the next one or two ...
n0x
ahhh man, wicked stuff andrew! It is 7.30am here, and I told myself that I would sleep around 4, except that I found this section and I have been reading for about 5 hours now biggrin.gif... I do not want to see how my eyes look >_< ;p... Thank you for all your hard work on this, it is extremely beneficial, for all of us. biggrin.gif!
Andrew Cockburn
QUOTE (n0x @ Aug 25 2007, 07:25 AM) *
ahhh man, wicked stuff andrew! It is 7.30am here, and I told myself that I would sleep around 4, except that I found this section and I have been reading for about 5 hours now biggrin.gif... I do not want to see how my eyes look >_< ;p... Thank you for all your hard work on this, it is extremely beneficial, for all of us. biggrin.gif!


Wow, reading it all at once will make you go blind blink.gif glad you liked it though smile.gif
coxy81
Well tonights been about 4.5 hours of reading and practice on the scales and modes. The hands are getting sore, but i want to keep going. These theory lessons on scales and modes have been of GREAT help. Thanks Andrew!! biggrin.gif
jammer91
Just what i was looking for. This should be in the main page...

Thanks big time, now its more organised instead of the old blind fold pick-n-choose
JVM
Andrew, it would be nice if you updated this thread with each new lesson you add. I mean you do it up in the list, but just an edit, and beneath it add what lesson you added on the date. I mean I think I've read all of them but I don't want to miss anything tongue.gif Just a thought.
Andrew Cockburn
QUOTE (JVM @ Sep 17 2007, 07:42 AM) *
Andrew, it would be nice if you updated this thread with each new lesson you add. I mean you do it up in the list, but just an edit, and beneath it add what lesson you added on the date. I mean I think I've read all of them but I don't want to miss anything tongue.gif Just a thought.


ok - always willing to help avid theory fans smile.gif
VinceG
I thank you Andrew. I have just been recently trying to better my playing by learning theory. I have 4 days of free time every week and this might fill the gap for a while.
jammer91
Andrew u forgot to add a link to the CAGED lesson

EDIT: Sorry you did, my bad.
Andrew Cockburn
Just Added a new Guitar Parts Lesson - aimed at beginners, it helps to identify different parts of the guitar and goes over a few common guitars.
Andrew Cockburn
Just added lessons on the Harmonic and Melodic minor scales
Francisca
thanks so much for putting together these theory lessons Andrew. They're great. I've learned a lot in little time, and with the index it's easy to find what I need. Tops!
Andrew Cockburn
QUOTE (Francisca @ Nov 13 2007, 05:16 PM) *
thanks so much for putting together these theory lessons Andrew. They're great. I've learned a lot in little time, and with the index it's easy to find what I need. Tops!


Glad you like them Francisca smile.gif
fgdvir
Thank you SOOO much.
I had Problem with the theoty lessons because I know the besics' and I didn't know how to find execly what I wanted, until now!..

thanks
OrganisedConfusion
This is awesome. I just found this. Lots of learning ahead for me biggrin.gif

I best get started.
Andrew Cockburn
Enjoy smile.gif
Twibeard
QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 30 2007, 11:08 PM) *
Enjoy smile.gif

28.260 ++ Topic views? that must be a record Andrew biggrin.gif cool...


Edit: the number is still rising
Andrew Cockburn
Heh, I never noticed that smile.gif
Batista
Heya Andrew.

Are you on your way on the "Writing Soloes" lesson or are you on your way planing it? Would be really helpfull for me nowadays=)

Cheers,
Batista
Andrew Cockburn
QUOTE (Batista @ Dec 8 2007, 08:19 PM) *
Heya Andrew.

Are you on your way on the "Writing Soloes" lesson or are you on your way planing it? Would be really helpfull for me nowadays=)

Cheers,
Batista


Hi Batista - I haven;t written any lessons for a few weeks as I have been moving house. I will be getting back in the saddle shortly though, and will give this one some thought smile.gif
Batista
Ahh okey=) Hope you'll get happy with the new joint then! And thanks for taking my request under consideration. I really appreciate it smile.gif
Andrew Cockburn
Just added a lesson on Simple Harmonies, here.
Khaos Keith
my godi just cant get enough of your theory threads andrew haha. they are written so well and easy to understand, even for me, someone very new to music as far as theory is concerned. I LOVE IT!! and i cant wait for the writing solos section hahah
ThatGuy
You should start on the Breaking Out Of The Boxes.
jammer91
QUOTE (Khaos Keith @ Dec 17 2007, 09:31 PM) *
my godi just cant get enough of your theory threads andrew haha. they are written so well and easy to understand, even for me, someone very new to music as far as theory is concerned. I LOVE IT!! and i cant wait for the writing solos section hahah


Yes i have to agree. There is only one complaint. I wish i had this lesson in a book. After a day of playing hours of battlefield 2, watching tv, practicing guitar in front of a pc, my eyes sort of get tired and a fell a surging headache. The when i visit the theory lessons i cant really concentrate on whats written.

I know i can start learning theory before the other things i do (or even reduce amount of time wasted), but it would be very convenient to have a theory book. You make things so easy to understand thats why my only theory guru is going to be you Andrew. Why dont you consider publishing a theory book. It would probably be the best theory book there is. Do consider it.

And i too cant wait for a writing solos lesson (really cant wait). Are you going to include how to use licks in different scales (because im a total noob at that, and that is the fundamental of solo writing).
Staples
This alone was worth the subscription fee. Thanks.
JackDiddly
laugh.gif thanks so much for what you have in here! I've been playing guitar for about 6 years now...and thanks to the challenging of a fellow musician I'm broadening my knowledge of theory.

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Bulletproof
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Andrew!!!! I never thought that I would enjoy Theory as much as I do now...I really how you start off very very simple as it makes it stick so much easier. Only problem I have personally is that I go to University FULL time..and they try to cram ungodly amount of knowledge into me already but any extra..I will be filling up with this....thanks a ton!!

Yours truly
Andrew Cockburn
Thanks Bulletproof, JackDiddley and Staples - really glad this is helping you out - be sure to let me know if you have any requests!
Andrew Cockburn
Added lesson on Suspended and added tone chords :

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=11531
glazmusik
Going over your theory stuff is one of the main things in my daily guitar session. This is such a great section!

The only thing that I wish this site had (but it might already have it and I don't know; if so, just tell me where!) is a complete collection of all the scales in one place. Well, maybe not COMPLETE, because that would be a lot, but maybe just one comprehensive listing of your basic scales, and then the more advanced ones, or just formulas of them, just all in one page. That would be cool.

Besides that, thanks a TON, Andrew!
Andrew Cockburn
You are welcome !

We don't really have a scales page yet, although there are plenty of good ones around - I use this one.
glazmusik
Wow! That is a pretty amazing scales tool! Thanks again!
demonmyst
Andrew, by reading one of these a day, a person can go from knowing nothing to having advanced knowledge in theory...in like a week haha. Thank you. :]
-Fox-
AWESOME gouge! Thanks a lot for the great information! Immensely useful!!!
UMPHREAK
How bout a theory lesson on how to figure out basic arpeggio shapes, no technique but just what notes to hit, I know this would be useful to anyone working on soloing, chord playing, or sweeping.
Andrew Cockburn
Great idea! I'll add it to the list smile.gif
superize
i was just wondering if you are going to make nr 10 on then list writing solos
Andrew Cockburn
One day, when I figure out a good way to do it!
superize
QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 8 2008, 09:41 PM) *
One day, when I figure out a good way to do it!


ok......
Andrew Cockburn
QUOTE (superize @ Apr 9 2008, 08:42 AM) *
ok......


Sorry, I didn't mean that to sound quite so dismissive - the way this works is that a lot of theory lessons are very cut and dried, and a straight forward presentation of the facts - for instance lessons on scales or chords etc. Others are a lot more subjective and can be things that you personally know how to do but are very hard to explain - like finding the key of a song. Writing solos is definitely in the latter category, and before I approach it I need some ideas on how to present it, which needs a lot of thought.
OrganisedConfusion
QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 10 2008, 03:51 PM) *
Sorry, I didn't mean that to sound quite so dismissive - the way this works is that a lot of theory lessons are very cut and dried, and a straight forward presentation of the facts - for instance lessons on scales or chords etc. Others are a lot more subjective and can be things that you personally know how to do but are very hard to explain - like finding the key of a song. Writing solos is definitely in the latter category, and before I approach it I need some ideas on how to present it, which needs a lot of thought.

A lot of it comes down to genre as well with soloing as every genre has its own soloing style. And you can have solos that follow the vocal line, counterpoint solos and god knows how many other types. Maybe splitting it down into different sections for some of the key genres may help?
Casper
Hey andrew awesome theory lessons, I was wondering if you were planning on doing the Part 3 - Ionian, Lydian, Mixolydian any time in the near future biggrin.gif
Andrew Cockburn
Hi Chris,

Glad you like the lessons smile.gif I hope to get around to finishing these lessons at some stage, ut Kris is keeping me busy with the Wiki, Copmpetitions, Moderating ... the list goes on! Soon I hope ...
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