Music Theory 2
You’ll be pleased to hear that this second grade is also pretty easy. Most people should be able to complete this grade in a couple of weeks, some in as little as a few days. The focus here is on consolidating your knowledge of the Note Circle, applying it to the guitar and being able to work out the name of any note from the first five frets of the guitar neck.
By this stage it’s important that you have read the notes on how and why you should learn music theory (it’s in the introduction to this course). If you haven’t, please go and check this section out; it will help you stay motivated if you understand how and why you’re doing all this work!
Putting this information into practice is really important and knowing the names of the notes on the guitar is a super useful skill that is often overlooked by guitar players. Musicians playing any other instrument are taught the notes they are playing from their very first lesson. I find it crazy that many guitarists seem to think that it’s OK not to learn them. It is possible to play without learning this basic skill but without it you’ll find yourself struggling to move beyond beginner level.
Once you’ve completed Grade 2 you will:
- Be able to apply the theory of the Note Circle to the guitar neck
- Know how to read and understand guitar TAB
- Know how to read and understand Chord Boxes
- Understand the differences between scales, chords and arpeggios
- Know how to work out the name of the first five fretted notes on every string!
Notes In The First Five Frets
Time to start learning the notes on the guitar fretboard! We're starting with notes in the first five frets - combining the open string notes with the note circle!
How To Read Guitar TAB
Guitar TAB is the most commonly used way to write music for guitar. It's not perfect, but it is VERY EASY which has helped it popularity grow! Learn it NOW.
Reading Chord Box Diagrams
You have almost certainly read a chord box by now, I'm hoping you're learning guitar and not just theory... but thought I'd get into the details a little more here!
Your Own Chord Book
Making your own chord book is a great way or organising your knowledge in your mind. Writing a chord book will really help you get things clear in your mind!
Fretboard Diagrams For Scales
We use fretboard diagrams to show scales as well as chords, but they often have more than one note on each string. So which gets played first? Find out here!
Chords, Scales & Arpeggios
Many beginners wonder about the differences between chords, scales and arpeggios... so let's nip that in the bud right now! :)
Food For Chord Thought
How do chords work? How many notes do they have? Why are the shapes different? Why if there more than one way to play a chord? So many questions!! :) good!