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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

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Excellent. Listen to complement info in Desi’s book Fretboard Theory.

By RPBsix - May 22 2020
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Thanks for all you do for “guitar engineers”!

Amazing content

By J.Alan.T - May 19 2020
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Desi is an amazing guitar teacher. He really breaks things down in a easy to understand way.

iTunes Ratings

532 Ratings
Average Ratings
446
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12
15

Excellent. Listen to complement info in Desi’s book Fretboard Theory.

By RPBsix - May 22 2020
Read more
Thanks for all you do for “guitar engineers”!

Amazing content

By J.Alan.T - May 19 2020
Read more
Desi is an amazing guitar teacher. He really breaks things down in a easy to understand way.
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Guitar Music Theory

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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Rank #1: Episode 03 How to Learn Pentatonic Scale Patterns and Play Pentatonic Songs

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How to learn one of the most commonly used scales on guitar, the pentatonic scale. The five pentatonic scale patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

43mins

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Rank #2: Episode 04 Using Guitar CAGED Chord Forms to Play Arpeggios and Chord Inversions

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This free lesson focuses on how guitar players use the CAGED system to play various chord shapes, chord voicings, chord inversions, and arpeggio patterns. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

43mins

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Rank #3: Episode 30 #1 Best Exercise to Improve Your Guitar Playing

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If you want to get good at playing the guitar, you need to develop the right skills.

Developing the right skills involves increasing your hand strength and finger dexterity.

You also need to improve the coordination between your hands.

Many guitarists look to guitar exercises to develop these skills.

In this free guitar lesson, I explain the best exercise you can do. 

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 25 2019

56mins

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Rank #4: Episode 23 New Pentatonic Scale Patterns Video.mp3

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Today’s podcast episode is based on the newly updated Chapter 2 from my Fretboard Theory video series and deals with playing pentatonic scale patterns. This chapter update is also sold separately as a stand-alone course called, Pentatonic Scale Patterns: How to Easily Master the Patterns Used to Play Music’s Most Iconic Guitar Riffs and Solos. The audio you hear in today’s podcast is a collection of excerpts pulled directly from the video. If you would like to view the actual video lesson along with its added resources including pentatonic song lists, backing tracks, and tabs, go to: http://www.guitar-music-theory.com/pentatonic/

Mar 09 2018

43mins

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Rank #5: Episode 22 Guitar Picking Mechanics

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In this free guitar lesson, you receive an overview of the book and video course, Guitar Picking Mechanics. This instruction features techniques and exercises for increasing your picking accuracy, speed, and comfort. Get equipped to play popular styles of music more proficiently so you can become a better and more confident guitarist. View the full course at: http://GuitarMusicTheory.com/pick

Jan 16 2018

44mins

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Rank #6: Episode 05 How to Learn Major Scale Patterns and Play Major Scale Songs

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This lesson teaches how guitar players learn major scale patterns on the fretboard and how these patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, lead guitar solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: Ep36 Music Intervals (And Why Every Guitarist Needs to Know Them)

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In this free guitar lesson, you are taught music intervals and why it’s so important for guitarists to learn them.

Get to know interval shapes and interval names such as 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths.

Follow the exercises to become more familiar with identifying intervals on the guitar fretboard and recognizing their sound by ear.

This lesson is suitable for guitarists from beginners to intermediate to advanced.

Enroll in my FREE Music Theory course

Dec 12 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: Episode 19 Chord Tone Soloing and Outlining Chord Progressions

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In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use chord tone soloing to connect scales more closely to their related chords, and outline particular chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

47mins

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Rank #9: Ep38 Q&A from 12-31-2019 Part 1 of 3

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🎸 What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com and click on the answer that best describes you.

In part 1 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Dec 31 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #10: Episode 31 "Thank You" Led Zeppelin | How Does This Song Work

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In this installment of How Does This Song Work?, you take a look at the song "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin.

You get to know the music theory behind the song, including the key, why the chords work together, and which scales to use for soloing.

Enroll in a free music theory course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 31 2019

36mins

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Rank #11: Ep46 The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

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Is guitar talent something you’re born with, or is it something you develop through study and practice? How do you know when you’ve reached your limits? When should you give up on something? I answer these questions and discuss how to make the best of your guitar playing in my latest podcast episode.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get on a plan to progressively play and sound better today. 

Mar 11 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #12: Episode 06 Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers For Guitar

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In this free guitar lesson you learn how to build triads and chords with the major scale, and how these chords are used to play chord progressions and play by numbers. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

42mins

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Rank #13: Episode 32- Best Ear Training Exercise For Guitar.mp3

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In this free guitar lesson, you learn why playing songs and studying music theory is the best ear training you can do.

Regularly playing music will benefit how you hear music far more than ear training exercises.

Get help with MUSIC THEORY and PLAYING SONGS. Enroll in a FREE course at: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=upload 

Nov 07 2019

32mins

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Rank #14: Ep42 How to Put Together a Live Rig For Playing Gigs

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What kind of guitar amplifier and effects pedals do you need to play a gig? Should you mic your amp or go direct using a digital amp emulation device? In this free guitar lesson, I tell you what you need to know in order to be prepared for your next live performance.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 02 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: Episode 27: 9 Ways to Become a Better and Happier Guitar Player

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Are you feeling dissatisfied with your guitar playing?

Do you wish you could get better, but you're unsure what to do?

If you'd like to make more progress with your guitar playing plus get more enjoyment out of the experience, here are nine ways to do it.

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 04 2019

31mins

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Rank #16: Ep34 How to Use a Guitar Looper Pedal

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In this free guitar lesson, you learn how to use a guitar looper pedal.

See how to start and stop your loop on time.

Get ideas on how to practice and perform music with a looper pedal.

What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction CALIBRATED to your current level and discover how to PROGRESSIVELY play and sound better—today—in as little as 33 minutes!

https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Nov 23 2019

48mins

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Rank #17: Episode 20 Using Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns For Improvisation

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In this free guitar lesson you learn how harmonic minor scale patterns are used in improvisation. This includes a review of building the harmonic minor scale, using pentatonic lead patterns in harmonic minor, and outlining V7 chords with arpeggios. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

39mins

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Rank #18: Episode 17 Pentatonic Lead Patterns

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In this free guitar lesson you learn that when it comes to using the pentatonic scale, it's not necessary to utilize every position or every part of every pattern. Most guitar players, including some of the most famous ones, favor only a few particular sections of these different patterns that work well together. When viewed together, these sections are sometimes called “lead patterns”. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

35mins

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Rank #19: Episode 18 Lead Patterns with Major Scales and Modes

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In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use pentatonic lead patterns for playing major scales and modes. You learn how the pentatonic scale relates to the major scale. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

58mins

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Rank #20: Episode 14 Dominant Function and Harmonic Minor Chord Progressions

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In this free guitar lesson you learn about dominant function and using dominant seventh chords. This includes instruction on secondary dominants, voice leading and harmonic minor chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13 2017

49mins

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Ep58 Summer of ‘69 Chord Tone Soloing

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In this free guitar lesson, you learn how to play over the song “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams using the chord tone soloing technique. You also learn how to play a solo by moving horizontally on one string.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Jul 08 2020

33mins

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Ep57 The Star-Spangled Banner

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In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions and I also talk about playing the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Jun 30 2020

46mins

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Ep56 Email Questions | Theory, Number System, Complex Chord Changes, Backing Tracks

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In this free guitar lesson, I answer emails questions about music theory, the number system, playing over complex chord changes, creating backing tracks, and more.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Jun 25 2020

57mins

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Ep55 Runnin’ Down a Dream | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty. You get to know how this song makes use of the blues scale, added chord tones, and modal interchange. I also answer a few email questions.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Jun 19 2020

46mins

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Ep54 Hard to Handle | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes. You get to know how this song uses a blues-influenced composition technique that involves mixing major and minor tonalities. 

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Jun 11 2020

41mins

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Ep53 Email Questions | Kemper-Mode Intervals-Creative Genius-DGT

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In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions regarding the Kemper Profiling Amplifier, mode intervals, tapping into your creative genius, my PRS DGT guitar, and more. 

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

May 28 2020

1hr 11mins

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Ep52 Blues is Not 145

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In this free guitar lesson, I explain why a blues chord progression is not 1-4-5, technically. Blues is actually 5-5-5 and makes use of dominant 7th chords, Mixolydian mode, and dominant scales.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

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May 20 2020

53mins

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Ep51 What Is “1 4 5” in Music?

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In this free guitar lesson, I explain what a "1 4 5" chord progression is and play some examples to help you train your ear. I also answer email questions. 

🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory for guitar and how it relates to popular songs? Visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

May 11 2020

1hr 11mins

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Ep50 Ramblin Man | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Ramblin’ Man” by The Allman Brothers Band. You get to know important details about the song’s composition including the key, scales, modes, chords, and progression.

🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory for guitar and how it relates to popular songs? Visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get to know how “Ramblin’ Man” and similar songs work so you can improvise and compose music like a pro. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Apr 30 2020

52mins

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Ep49 Lean On Me Bill Withers Guitar Chords

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In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to play the chords to “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. I focus on the song’s introduction. You play the same chord voicings played by the pianos on the recording. This requires a bit of fancy finger work that is best suited for guitar players who are beyond the beginning stage.

🎸 Get FREE guitar instruction to help you move beyond the basics and understand music theory. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Apr 08 2020

1hr 11mins

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Ep48 Twilight Zone | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring. I will go over the main sections of the song, and you will get to know the key, chords, progressions, scales, and modes used in the music. If you want to learn how to actually play this song, you can use the information I provide here along with the tablature which can be found online.

If you’d like to learn more about music theory for guitar, or maybe back up and fill in gaps in your playing so you can play better at this level, visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Apr 01 2020

28mins

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Ep47 Still Got the Blues (For You) | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring "Still Got the Blues (For You)" by Gary Moore.

I’m going to take a look at the general chord progressions and key as well as the scales used for the solos and how the main lead line connects to the chords.

If you’re a student of my Fretboard Theory program and you’ve advanced to Volume II, you’re going to see many of the concepts I teach in the course at play in this song. 

If all this music theory talk goes over your head, visit my GuitarMusicTheory.com website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and I'll recommend a FREE course calibrated to your current level.

Mar 18 2020

51mins

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Ep46 The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

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Is guitar talent something you’re born with, or is it something you develop through study and practice? How do you know when you’ve reached your limits? When should you give up on something? I answer these questions and discuss how to make the best of your guitar playing in my latest podcast episode.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get on a plan to progressively play and sound better today. 

Mar 11 2020

1hr 13mins

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Ep45 House of the Rising Sun | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson you get to know how the chords in “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals fit together. This includes a discussion on parallel scales, modal interchange, and voice leading.

I also answer email questions.

🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory and how it relates to familiar songs? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and receive a FREE 6-step lesson series on scales, chords, progressions, modes, composition techniques and more.

Mar 06 2020

29mins

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Ep44 What are Sus2 and Sus4 Chords?

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In episode 44 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I explain what sus2 and sus4 chords are and how they get used in familiar songs.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 26 2020

44mins

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Ep43 Using Perfect 4th Intervals on IV Chords

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What do the songs “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner, and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses have in common?

They all make use of a perfect 4th interval over the IV chord.

Why do you need to know this? Because it's a common composition technique used in popular music and it helps you understand why songs often contain notes that are out of key.

I explain all the details and play through examples in today's podcast episode. 

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 12 2020

39mins

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Ep42 How to Put Together a Live Rig For Playing Gigs

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What kind of guitar amplifier and effects pedals do you need to play a gig? Should you mic your amp or go direct using a digital amp emulation device? In this free guitar lesson, I tell you what you need to know in order to be prepared for your next live performance.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 02 2020

1hr 15mins

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Ep41 Tom Sawyer | How Does This Song Work?

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In this free guitar lesson, I analyze some of the guitar parts heard in the song “Tom Sawyer” by Rush and explain how the parts work.

You get to know the song’s music theory including the key, chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, and more.

I also discuss guitarist Alex Lifeson’s musical influences and how “Tom Sawyer” borrows ideas from music by The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Cream.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Jan 16 2020

18mins

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Ep40 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 3 of 3

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🎸 What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com and click on the answer that best describes you.

In part 3 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer more questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Jan 10 2020

1hr 34mins

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Ep39 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 2 of 3

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🎸 What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com and click on the answer that best describes you.

In part 2 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer more questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Jan 04 2020

1hr 4mins

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iTunes Ratings

532 Ratings
Average Ratings
446
39
20
12
15

Excellent. Listen to complement info in Desi’s book Fretboard Theory.

By RPBsix - May 22 2020
Read more
Thanks for all you do for “guitar engineers”!

Amazing content

By J.Alan.T - May 19 2020
Read more
Desi is an amazing guitar teacher. He really breaks things down in a easy to understand way.