One of the dilemmas of the guitarist is whether to study music theory or not. That question has an easy answer: in the world of the guitar as in any other instrument or skill, the more you learn the better you will be, and music theory can help you to improve as a guitarist regardless of the style you play.
We can discover how music works for ourselves through the instrument if we have the time and ability to do it, also with music theory for beginners books or with video tutorials on the internet.
Either way, here are a few reasons why you should know about music theory:
- It Improves communication with other musicians. Knowing a little music theory helps you to interact with other musicians, no matter what instrument they play, they are all understood with musical language regardless of style.
- Makes chord learning easier. Learning chords is one of the guitarist’s priorities and although you play for a lot of time you always find new positions that you have not seen before. Chords are based on formulas and knowing them helps to understand those positions and even create your own positions.
- Learning scales improves your playing. As with the chords the knowledge of the scales implies understanding the “intervals” between the notes that form them as this defines their sound.
- Music theory will help you to improvise your solos and write your own songs. Being able to express yourself or create songs with ease with the guitar is really important and a proof of the importance of music theory.
- Music theory for beginners is never as simple as it seems, since it is like learning to speak a new language, so, give yourself time to understand it, learn the basics and that’s how you can be a better guitarist and musician.