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Posted by: Andrew Cockburn May 7 2008, 07:21 PM

Theory is just a way to explain what is it that you're playing

Don't look at it as a "book of rules"



This is something I have said a lot in the past - Theory is a great way of understanding what you play, and suggesting new routes to explore, but it is not something to bind you, exploration is still important!

Posted by: Ivan Milenkovic May 7 2008, 07:28 PM

Well Said Muris, theory language is primarily there for standardized communication between musicians and to know what they are talking about when talking about music. It should not be considered de facto standard because musician then could not be able to go beyond its limits.

Posted by: Marcus Siepen May 8 2008, 10:30 AM

I absolutely agree with Muris. In music there are no rules, try whatever comes to your mind, no matter if any theory tells you that this is forbidden, always try to push your boundaries. If everybody would just obey those rules great bands like for example System of a Down would not exist, those guys don't follow any rule, sometimes their songs are so chaotic and weird, still I love them wink.gif

Posted by: Jerry Arcidiacono May 8 2008, 02:20 PM

Great tip from Muris.
Theory is definately something about the way you talk about music with other musicians.

Posted by: Vinod Saranga May 8 2008, 02:26 PM

Yes in Music there is no rules biggrin.gif  Just creativity

Posted by: Danilo Capezzuto May 8 2008, 03:01 PM

QUOTE (Jerry Arcidiacono @ May 8 2008, 03:20 PM) *
Great tip from Muris.
Theory is definately something about the way you talk about music with other musicians.

You are right Jerry, is just like a dictionary, you need to learn words to talk with other people. Then, when you learn a lot of words you can write "hermetic poems" that no one will understand...like Holdsworth... laugh.gif

Posted by: Andrew Cockburn May 8 2008, 03:31 PM

I would also say that if you come up with something that sounds amazing but breaks the rules ... just add a new rule to the book! This is what current theory is - a list of rules that people thought led to good sounds, and it can always be added to.

Posted by: Vinod Saranga May 8 2008, 03:34 PM

QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ May 8 2008, 08:01 PM) *
I would also say that if you come up with something that sounds amazing but breaks the rules ... just add a new rule to the book! This is what current theory is - a list of rules that people thought led to good sounds, and it can always be added to.


Well said Andrew ,that was in mind too but I couldn't express it biggrin.gif

Posted by: Pablo Vazquez May 8 2008, 09:02 PM

Great tip man!!

Posted by: Bogdan Radovic May 8 2008, 09:17 PM

Great tip Muris ! Theory is great to know and will help you a lot but we should not get locked inside it while creating etc.. wink.gif Breaking the "low" is a cool way to find new boundaries smile.gif

Posted by: Kristofer Dahl May 9 2008, 08:16 AM

Excellent tip - this is one of the reason I think that starting with theory isn't always the best way of learning guitar.

It's a bit like attending University before you have experienced life huh.gif If you learn a bunch of songs, solos or riffs first - theory will make alot more sense. In the long run theory will open up to completely new possibilities you would never have thought of.

Also - people who never learn theory often end up doing the same thing over and over without realising it... Of course if what you're doing sounds good then it is good - but many people are looking to get out of "the rut". If they realised theory would make them less repetitive, they would probably dive into it straight away!

Posted by: Muris Varajic May 9 2008, 01:50 PM

QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ May 9 2008, 09:16 AM) *
It's a bit like attending University before you have experienced life huh.gif


Just like that,exactly!! smile.gif

Posted by: Andrew Cockburn May 9 2008, 02:25 PM

laugh.gif - I attended University before I had really experienced life - maybe that's why I just teach theory!

Posted by: Kristofer Dahl May 9 2008, 02:29 PM

QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ May 9 2008, 01:25 PM) *
laugh.gif - I attended University before I had really experienced life - maybe that's why I just teach theory!


Most people that attend University do it before experiencing life - it's a huge problem in society! (and if it wheren't for that we would probably have 10x more rockstars)

Jee I think I got political there!! unsure.gif ohmy.gif

Posted by: Nemanja Filipovic May 10 2008, 01:04 PM

QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ May 9 2008, 03:29 PM) *
Most people that attend University do it before experiencing life - it's a huge problem in society! (and if it wheren't for that we would probably have 10x more rockstars)

Jee I think I got political there!! unsure.gif ohmy.gif

I agree,here in music academy,gifted kids that skip grades attend to uni with 16 or 17 years old,and that is very bad,for the same reason that you sad there.

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