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Guitar Music Theory

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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Episode 30 #1 Best Exercise to Improve Your Guitar Playing

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.

56mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 23 New Pentatonic Scale Patterns Video.mp3

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/

43mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 22 Guitar Picking Mechanics

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

44mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Ep36 Music Intervals (And Why Every Guitarist Needs to Know Them)

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

39mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 19 Chord Tone Soloing and Outlining Chord Progressions

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.

47mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 06 Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers For Guitar

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.

42mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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Ep38 Q&A from 12-31-2019 Part 1 of 3

🎸 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.

1hr 3mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 31 "Thank You" Led Zeppelin | How Does This Song Work

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.

36mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 32- Best Ear Training Exercise For Guitar.mp3

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 

32mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Ep42 How to Put Together a Live Rig For Playing Gigs

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. 

1hr 15mins

2 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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

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.

31mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Ep34 How to Use a Guitar Looper Pedal

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

48mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 20 Using Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns For Improvisation

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.

39mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 07 Music Modes and Playing Modal Guitar Scales

Learn the music theory behind guitar modes and hear how they're used in popular music. Play modal scales including Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

28mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 17 Pentatonic Lead Patterns

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.

35mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 18 Lead Patterns with Major Scales and Modes

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.

58mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Episode 14 Dominant Function and Harmonic Minor Chord Progressions

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.

49mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 15 Key Changes Borrowed Chords and Circle of Fifths

In this free guitar lesson you look at several related topics including: modulation, key changes, modal interchange, borrowed chords, and the circle of fifths. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

57mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #18