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Andrew Cockburn
post Mar 30 2007, 03:50 PM
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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.

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  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.


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post Jul 17 2007, 04:47 PM
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why are some of them not clickable?


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post Jul 17 2007, 05:10 PM
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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!

This post has been edited by Andrew Cockburn: Jul 17 2007, 05:10 PM


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post Jul 17 2007, 05:17 PM
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ah thanks so much


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post Aug 1 2007, 02:12 PM
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checked some until now, can only say : great job!


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post Aug 25 2007, 10:29 AM
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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

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post Aug 25 2007, 10:41 AM
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Thanks for asking - I'm still thinking about that one so it is unlikely to be the next one or two ...


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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!
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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


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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
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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


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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.


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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


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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.


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Andrew u forgot to add a link to the CAGED lesson

EDIT: Sorry you did, my bad.

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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.


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Just added lessons on the Harmonic and Melodic minor scales


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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!
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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


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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!..

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