What Is Your Approach On Learning Theory?
Ivan Milenkovic
Jul 3 2011, 09:30 PM
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How do you guys usually learn theory?

Do you learn from books, articles, wiki, videos...

What is by your opinion most effective and best way to actually learn music theory basics? (chords, scales, diatonic theory, circle of fifths/fourths, modes etc..)

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Jul 3 2011, 10:19 PM
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For me, it was taking a couple of semesters of ear training and theory in school. I think the focus on theory while away from an instrument was very worthwhile. It probably just scratched the surface of all that's out there in the world of music ... intervals, scales, key signiatures, time signiatures, harmony, and notation was about all that was covered in those two semesters but it really took a lot of mystery out of the structure of music. Since then, I think I just pick up a little bit at a time and try to at least apply some theory to each song or lesson that I'm learning if not more than to make sure I know what scales are being used and the backing chords.

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Gabriel Leopardi
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I learn it from private teachers and from books. Both are very effective for me for learning theory. The problem when you are alone studying is what book you'll choose to study... so it's cool to ask a teacher or some musician friends to recomend some books..

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I always try and learn the theory behind any song or riff I might be learning. Sometimes I even try to transpose stuff from one key to another just to see if I can. Also meet once a week with my guitar teacher, and we often go over theory together and he clears up any questions I may have thought of throughout the week. Finally, I've found that if you just pay attention to the stuff floating around the forums here, you can learn a ton of theory just by doing that! biggrin.gif

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i have a friend that is a guitar teacher, and when he have free time he usually gives me lessons also read books on theory, the one i am ready aight now is called "The Progressive Guitarist - Practical Theory For Guitar" by Don Latarsky

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Cosmin Lupu
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I usually have the same approach as casinostrat - pay attention to what I play, when and over what i play it smile.gif I learned theory from books as well, but usually, through time, I managed to apply maybe less than half of what I know biggrin.gif

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Theory is one aspect of my playing I really need to improve on. When I first started playing I tried really hard to learn theory but got very confused very quick. When I found GMC I began reading Andrew's Theory Lesson and they helped me so much... as did Andrew smile.gif

I've kind of let my theory study slip (for shame I know) over the last couple of years but I am slowly getting back at it. It's just keeping it all straight when learning on your own. I do have a few books, but I find Andrew's lesson very helpful and he has them arranged in a good order to learn as well imho.

Quadrium has some great lessons on here as well over in the theory section.

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The way I got my first real touch on theory (concerning scales and chords, some jazz chord progressions, arpeggios and which chords go with each other...) was with a teacher, and I think anyone who's struggling with theory should consider having one. I had luck since my teacher was a really fun guy with whom we'd keep jamming over and over (he'd teach me the theory and then we'd jam till I got the knack of it, him giving me advice if it didn't go right). These days I haven't been studying much theory, although I've been thinking of studying some since I've been at a loss of ideas as to how to write songs (I'd like to write jazzy pieces but it's HARD). Too bad I work full-time, go to gym and study to get to the med school - not much time for practicing. But the way I study at the moment is that I play jazz pieces (mostly easy ones such as Fly me to the Moon, What a difference a day made and such, just comping) and try the figure out the idea behing the chord progressions. I take the key and try to implement the progressions to different keys. If I like what I hear, I'll try to get the sound into my own playing by repeating the progression in various situations. It's slow and sometimes tedious, but... dunno. My style? biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Kristian Hyvarinen @ Jul 6 2011, 06:26 AM) *
The way I got my first real touch on theory (concerning scales and chords, some jazz chord progressions, arpeggios and which chords go with each other...) was with a teacher, and I think anyone who's struggling with theory should consider having one. I had luck since my teacher was a really fun guy with whom we'd keep jamming over and over (he'd teach me the theory and then we'd jam till I got the knack of it, him giving me advice if it didn't go right). These days I haven't been studying much theory, although I've been thinking of studying some since I've been at a loss of ideas as to how to write songs (I'd like to write jazzy pieces but it's HARD). Too bad I work full-time, go to gym and study to get to the med school - not much time for practicing. But the way I study at the moment is that I play jazz pieces (mostly easy ones such as Fly me to the Moon, What a difference a day made and such, just comping) and try the figure out the idea behing the chord progressions. I take the key and try to implement the progressions to different keys. If I like what I hear, I'll try to get the sound into my own playing by repeating the progression in various situations. It's slow and sometimes tedious, but... dunno. My style? biggrin.gif


I see this as a good approach smile.gif it's all about implementing the things you like into your playing and of course, understanding them wink.gif

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I usually take small bits of info. from books, or try experiment with some ideas mentioned by other players, then apply that info. to what I'm doing at the time. Only a small bit at a time, though, so it sinks in nicely.

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Cosmin Lupu
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QUOTE (dark dude @ Jul 6 2011, 09:55 AM) *
I usually take small bits of info. from books, or try experiment with some ideas mentioned by other players, then apply that info. to what I'm doing at the time. Only a small bit at a time, though, so it sinks in nicely.


Good approach, baby steps are always good, because they are certain smile.gif once taken, you advance little by little!

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