Music Theory 1
The good news is this first grade is quite easy, so you should be able to complete this module in a couple of weeks. If you have some knowledge of music theory (or are super smart) you might even finish it in a few hours.
Once you’ve completed Grade 1 you will:
- Understand tones and semitones
- Understand sharps and flats
- Understand octaves
- Know the notes in the Note Circle from memory
- Know the open string note names from memory
To start, we're going to do some practical exercises. These will help you remember essential bits of information needed for Grade 2. That's when you'll work out the name of every note on the guitar - a pretty big deal!
The Note Circle
The note circle with teach you the 12 notes we use in Western Music and explain the relationships between notes!
Tones And Semitones
Each step around the Note Circle represents the interval of a semitone (shown above in blue). This is equal to a one-fret step on your guitar. This means every fre...
Sharps And Flats
A sharp sign (#) raises the pitch of a note by a semitone, a flat sign (b) lowers the note by one semitone. There's an easy way to remember this. Sit on something shar...
Note Circle: Memorise By Writing
Learn the notes by writing out the note circle. Old School, but it works!
Note Circle: Memorise Verbally
Speaking the notes out loud is a great way to really get them into your brain, and saying the notes backwards can be quite challenging!
Note Circle: With A Jam Buddy
If you got a friend joining you on your journey - you can test each other. Great practice and more fun than doing it alone!
Open String Note Names
You absolutely need to know the note nnames of the open strings, and how they're numbered!
Your Open String Note Mnemonics
Can you make up your own Mnemonic to help you remember the note names of the open strings?