Should You Learn Music Theory?

October 19, 2016

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Music Theory, Should it be learned?

Music theory is being able to understand modes and notes and a whole bunch of complicated stuff. As you can see, I never learned music theory. This article is going to be aimed more towards the beginner to intermediate players. If you were an expert, you wouldn’t need this advice.

It Matters where You are in Your Playing

If you’re a beginner, don’t even bother learning all of the details of the modes and everything. You should learn the scales and a little bit of the music theory of the scales. A LOT of professionals don’t know music theory, they just know the scales and with much practice, they know what notes they like. You’re a beginner, you don’t have to know the details of everything. Just get into it and enjoy yourself, you can decide later.

If you’re an intermediate player then the decision is up to you. You really don’t have to bore yourself with it if it is that bad. If you really want to learn it and you’re already playing some crazy stuff, then learn it. It is mostly for creating your own music though.

It matters What You Want To Do…

This relates directly to what I just said. If you have no problem with just playing your favorite music, then don’t even bother.

If you’re not going to be creating music, then you don’t really need to learn music theory.

People will tell you otherwise and that is their opinion. If the same people that tell you this are then trying to sell you some lessons right after, then you know what kind of people you’re dealing with. If you enjoy what you’re doing then don’t change it. If you’re sounding good playing guitar, then you should be fine.


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