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 and a flat sign (b) lowers the note by one semitone. You can remember this easily by remembering that if you ...
Note Circle: By Rote
It’s a pretty old school approach, but I’ve found that most students find it useful to write out the Note Circle a bunch of times. It might seem a bit over the top, ...
Note Circle: Speaking Out Loud
Another very effective way to try and learn the Note Circle is by saying the names of the notes out loud. Start without the sharps and flats by saying: A - B - C - ...
Note Circle: With A Jam Buddy
If you are lucky enough to have a jam buddy to practise with, you can help each other learn the Note Circle by testing each other. It’s really simple but really effect...
Open String Note Names
Knowing the names of the notes of the open strings of the guitar is very important. We’ll be combining these with the note circle in the next grade. The focus here i...
Your Open String Note Mnemonics
Making up your own mnemonics for the Open String Note Names is a good idea. I always encourage students to make up their own, as well as using mine, as it will help yo...
Music Theory 1
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