Saturday, 2 January 2010

Beginner Guitar Lesson #3 - Musical Theory

Hi! I'm very pleased that you're still reading my blog, and that you're ready to become a better guitar player. You've made to the third beginner guitar lesson, and now you are the step closer to your goal. That is great!
In last 2 lessons, you've learned something about chords and tablatures. Now, it's time to talk a little bit about music theory and to apply it to the guitar. I will try to make it as simple as I can, so I need you to have your full attention. Ok? Good.
I will give you a list of types of music notes which are we going to use sometimes. At this time you don't need to know the theory behind these notes, just remember how they look, and what 'beat' or 'count' value they represent.

1) whole note (semibreve) - 4 counts

2) half note (minim) - 2 count

3) quarter note (crotchet) - 1 count

4) eighth note (quaver) - 1/2 count

Remember, adding a dot (.) to a note adds half value of that note.

Ok, we need to put those notes somewhere. We put notes on the treble clef. A clef tells you which notes are represented by each line and space on the musical stave. We will look at the G clef or table clef.

- a this is clef

The clef is placed on the stave at the very beginning of a piece of music. When it's the treble clef, then the stave is called the treble stave.

- this is a treble stave

We have 7 notes in the musical alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

One more important thing for you to know are time signatures. Time signatures tell you what time you are to play a peace of music in. You will recognize it as a 2 numbers, and they are one above the other.

- a four four time signature

If you want to learn more on how to apply this music theory to guitar fret board, then you must check out Jamorama. It is the best guitar guide ever with lots of exercises and video lessons. Even I learned something new from their guides.

Keep rockin',

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