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      Play Guitar By Ear - Music Theory


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  Traditional guitar lessons and method books are usually based on
  classical theory principles, unfortunately classical theory and ear             training falls short of the mark for the modern guitarist who wants to
  play guitar by ear.

  A great acronym for the guitarist who wants to play by ear is
  L. U. C. K

  L = labor
  U = under
  C = correct
  K = knowledge

  with the emphasis on "correct" knowledge, here is an example of
  what I mean "correct" knowledge or should I say appropriate

  Classical theory clearly states "you cannot have parallel fifths
  in your music writing", considering 'power chords' consist of the
  root note and it's fifth this would mean well over 60% of modern
  compositions such as "Layla" by Eric Clapton, "Won't Back Down"
  by Tom Petty etc could not exist, simply because the opening
  chords are power chords (firths) moving to other power chords in
  a parallel sequence.

  We have already discussed two learning hazards for the guitarist
  who wants to play by ear (a) printed sheet music - in a different
  key than the recorded version (b) TAB - being at the mercy of the
  ability of the person who contributed the song.

  It's now time to add another learning hazard - music theory! Now,
  I'm a big fan of music theory "as long as it serves you well!"

  Music theory is in a constant state of flux, as it needs to be to
  be able to describe the sounds that are developing as music
  continues to develop and reflect today's society and the human
  intellect's constant need to hear more and more complex

  Make certain your theory or music studies relate to the music you
  want to play otherwise it's a waste of time and money and will
  leave you more confused than when you started.

  In summary, classical theory is appropriate when applied to
  classical music but does not convert well when trying to explain
  or communicate modern music. It's like "trying to play tennis
  with a cricket bat", you simply have the wrong tool for the job.

  By the way, when I'm talking about 'modern music', I'm referring
  to music after the 1930's.

  What type of theory should you study when learning to play the
  guitar by ear?

  If you a learning to play classical guitar by ear, study
  classical theory, if it's not classical guitar you want to play
  by ear, study 'Jazz theory' for music written from 1930 onwards.

  Don't be put off by the term 'jazz' ... blues, rock, fusion, jazz
  and country music etc., can all be explained under the umbrella
  of 'jazz' theory.

  Okay, that seems pretty straight forward, classical theory for
  classical music, jazz theory for everything else!

  I wish it was that simple, remember our acronym? Labor, Under,
  Correct, Knowledge.

  By now you should be seeing a common theme - 'quality of
  information', is the name of the game ... dedication alone just won't cut     it! 

  Since we now live in the information age, information itself is
  no longer the issue, the key is the 'quality' of the information.

  The ability to focus on only quality information that is
  relevant to the music you intend to play will put you on the fast
  track to playing the guitar by ear.


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