Guitar Music Theory

By Desi Serna

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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Episode Date
Ep158 The Harmonic Minor Scale and How to Use It
Apr 18, 2024
Ep157 Q&A Circle of fifths - playing left-handed - Squier guitar mods - playing and singing - intervals
Apr 10, 2024
Ep156 Biggest Part of Me - How Does This Song Work? - Scott Sheriff
Mar 28, 2024
Ep155 Q&A Modes - Rocksmith - Major Scale Patterns - Memorizing Songs - Effects Pedals - Foot Tapping - You Oughta Know
Mar 15, 2024
Ep154 What Scales Are Used in Sweet Child O’ Mine?
Feb 24, 2024
Ep153 Matt Reviere Slash Guns N Roses Guitar Style and Tones
Jan 30, 2024
Ep152 Q&A Keith Richards Open G Tuning - Acoustic Amps - Memorizing Songs - Sus4 Chords - Cheap Versus Expensive Acoustic Guitar
Jan 16, 2024
Ep151 The Best Christmas Songs
Dec 20, 2023
Ep150 Q&A Guitar Modelers - PRS Guitars - Beginner Struggles - Slide - Drop-D Tuning - Acoustic Gigs
Dec 18, 2023
Ep149 Guitar Octaves and Songs That Use Them
Nov 30, 2023
Ep148 What Is Syncopation?
Nov 15, 2023
Ep147 Scott Sheriff - Keyboardist For Carrie Underwood and Huey Lewis Tribute
Nov 10, 2023
Ep146 Q&A Chord tones and extensions - white rabbit - playing with injuries and hand limitations - keeping track of measures while soloing - applying pentatonic scale patterns - requiring your chops after time off
Oct 12, 2023
Ep145 "Satellite" Dave Matthews Band - How Does This Song Work?
Oct 05, 2023
Ep144 What Guitar Scales Should I Learn?
Sep 13, 2023
Ep143 Using the Major 2 Chord in Music
Aug 15, 2023
Ep142 Mixolydian Mode in Huey Lewis and the News
Jun 27, 2023
Ep141 Q&A Chord recognition - chord fills - Halfway Gone by Lifehouse - online versus in-person lessons - purchasing a looper pedal - sharps and the circle of fifths - playing faster on an Ibanez guitar - flat sevenths - learning songs
May 24, 2023
Ep140 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - How Does This Song Work?
May 15, 2023
Ep139 No More Mr. Nice Guy - How Does This Song Work?
Apr 15, 2023
Ep138 Q&A arpeggios from hell - practice structure - strumming and singing - 5/4 time signature - parallel modes - King of Birds
Mar 11, 2023
Ep137 Minor Seven Chord Hack and Q&A looper pedals - exercises - stage fright - ADHD - and more
Feb 03, 2023
Ep136 Adding Effects to Acoustic Guitar
Jan 19, 2023
Ep135 Matt Reviere Christmas Music
Dec 09, 2022
Ep134 Q&A Chord Progressions - Modes - Chromatic Voice Leading - Bass Playing
Nov 15, 2022
Ep133 Q&A Using a Pick - Modal Mixture - Chord Tone Soloing - Bass Arpeggios - Harmonic Minor - Guitar Overdrive
Oct 25, 2022
Ep132 Q&A Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes - Running Down a Dream - Modes - Worship Guitar
Oct 14, 2022
Ep131 "Stay" Lisa Loeb - How Does This Song Work?
Sep 30, 2022
Ep130 Chord Tones and Extensions with Sandy Williams
Sep 23, 2022
Ep129 The Power of Love - How Does This Song Work?
Aug 26, 2022
Ep128 Q&A The Middle - Creating Cover Band Tracks - Picking with Fingers - Using Modes - Tenor Guitars - and more
Aug 16, 2022
Ep127 Cover Band Gig with Tracks
Aug 05, 2022
Ep126 Q&A Adam Hatfield Line 6 Helix Stomp
Jul 22, 2022
Ep125 Physiotherapist Mark Tsai Offers Advice on Dealing with Hand Cramping
Jul 15, 2022
Ep124 Agent Envy and Fretboard Theory Go Viral on TikTok
Jun 30, 2022
Ep123 What is a Circle Progression? (Using the Circle of 5ths and 4ths)
May 19, 2022
Ep122 Q&A David Lund Helix
May 12, 2022
Ep121 How to name and use the Dadd4add9 chord
Apr 29, 2022
Ep120 Top 10 Fingerpicking Songs You Should Learn
Apr 04, 2022
Ep119 Q&A with Matt Reviere - Pinch harmonics - Thumb Placement - Hearing Protection - Pentatonic Scale - E Flat Tuning
Mar 20, 2022
Ep118 Pink Panther Theme
Mar 08, 2022
Ep117 Blackbird | How Does This Song Work?
Feb 21, 2022
Ep116 Matt Reviere - How to Be a Professional Guitarist
Feb 07, 2022
Ep115 Q&A Positions Patterns Acoustic Strings Santana Ear Training and Hate Mail
Jan 27, 2022
Ep114 7 Ways to Improve Your Guitar Playing For Songwriting
Jan 18, 2022
Ep113 Thunderstruck ACDC How Does This Song Work?
Dec 30, 2021
Ep112 Please Come Home for Christmas | How Does This Song Work?
Dec 18, 2021
Rolling Stones 500 The Beatles
Dec 11, 2021
Ep111 Major 7 Chords - Upgrading Inexpensive Guitars - Structuring Practice Time - Ear Training - and More
Dec 07, 2021
Ep110 Guitar Theory For Dummies 2nd Edition
Nov 23, 2021
Ep109 Wonderwall | How Does This Song Work
Nov 16, 2021
Ep108 Questions – Finding keys, construction of the pentatonic scale, major scale patterns, guidelines for teaching, Family Tradition, Jingle Bell Rock, playing and singing at the same time, and more
Oct 27, 2021
Ep107 Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar
Oct 15, 2021
Ep106 Fretboard Theory Student Composes Music in GarageBand
Oct 05, 2021
Ep105 Under the Bridge - How Does This Song Work?
Sep 25, 2021
Ep104 Q&A Speed - CAGED Arpeggios - Guitar Soloing - Kemper Profiling Amplifier - Hosa Cables - Using a Pick - Transposing a Song
Sep 16, 2021
Ep103 Single-coil and Humbucker Guitar Pickups Tone Test
Sep 11, 2021
Ep102 All Right Now | How Does This Song Work?
Sep 01, 2021
Ep101 Sound Man Joel Hilsden Part 2 of 2
Aug 09, 2021
Ep100 Sound Man Joel Hilsden Part 1 of 2
Aug 02, 2021
Ep99 Q&A Halfstep movement - 251 chord changes - sharps and flats - recording basics - picking bass - dominant 5 chords - altered harmony
Jul 20, 2021
Ep98 Why the CAGED System Will NOT Hurt Your Guitar Playing
Jul 09, 2021
Ep97 Moondance | How Does This Song Work?
Jun 25, 2021
Ep96 How to Use a Guitar Practice Amp
Jun 17, 2021
Ep95 Sometimes You Gotta Simplify
Jun 10, 2021
Ep94 Q&A Fretboard Theory, alternate picking, blues rhythm, sustain, minor CAGED, Kemper with pedals, and more
Jun 05, 2021
Ep93 Using Slash Chords on Guitar
May 14, 2021
Ep92 Exodus Bob Marley GUITAR LOOP
May 07, 2021
Ep91 The Major Scale Contains Six Pentatonic Scales
Apr 28, 2021
Ep90 Q&A Memorizing Notes, Practicing With Limited Time, C Form Barre Chord, Thumb Strumming, Choosing Your Neck Shape, And More
Apr 06, 2021
Ep89 Why You Should Use a Capo
Mar 30, 2021
Ep88 Joe Robinson’s 4am Practice Routine
Mar 16, 2021
Ep87 Email Questions - Scale Patterns, Pickup Configurations, Amps, Recording Yourself, and More
Mar 10, 2021
Ep86 What Does Playing Over Chords Mean?
Mar 04, 2021
Ep85 Former Classical Guitar Professor Keith Stevens
Feb 24, 2021
Ep84 Jungle Boogie | How Does This Song Work?
Feb 18, 2021
Ep83 Guitar Amps and Effects with HW From Tone Junkie
Feb 10, 2021
Ep82 Down Under | How Does This Song Work?
Feb 05, 2021
Ep81 Hand Anatomy with Physiotherapist Mark Tsai
Jan 20, 2021
Ep80 How to Correctly Play Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Cold Shot" Riff
Jan 14, 2021
Ep79 2021 Guitar Plan
Jan 06, 2021
Ep78 Jingle Bell Rock Lead
Dec 23, 2020
Ep77 How to Play Legato on Guitar
Dec 18, 2020
Ep76 Walk Away James Gang | How Does This Song Work?
Dec 09, 2020
Ep75 Gravity by John Mayer | How Does This Song Work?
Nov 25, 2020
Ep74 Email Questions: Learning Pentatonic Scale Patterns, Playing Country Guitar Solos, Identifying Roots and Modes, Practicing Picking Exercises, Changing Scales Over Chords
Nov 18, 2020
Ep73 Erich Andreas - What Made Eddie Van Halen So Great?
Nov 11, 2020
Ep72 Should You Learn How to Read Music?
Nov 04, 2020
Ep71 What Are Chord Inversions and Chord Voicings?
Oct 28, 2020
Ep70 You Don't Need to Use All 5 Pentatonic Patterns
Oct 21, 2020
Ep69 Eruption Tapping | How Does It Work?
Oct 15, 2020
Ep68 Fabio Marraccini From the Where Music Meets Technology Podcast
Oct 06, 2020
Ep67 Tips For Small-Handed Short-Fingered Guitarists
Sep 29, 2020
Ep66 Nashville Artist Development University
Sep 23, 2020
Ep65 Q&A Keeping Time, Using Modes Over Chords, Teaching Children, Playing What You Hear, Small Hands
Sep 16, 2020
Ep64 Interview w/ Carrie Underwood Guitarist Matt Reviere
Sep 11, 2020
Ep63 The Thrill is Gone | How Does This Song Work?
Sep 01, 2020
Ep62 Your Love | How Does This Song Work?
Aug 25, 2020
Ep61 Difference Between Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
Aug 07, 2020
Ep60 Top 10 Guitar Solos You Should Learn
Jul 30, 2020
Ep59 Play That Funky Music | How Does This Song Work?
Jul 23, 2020
Ep58 Summer of ‘69 Chord Tone Soloing
Jul 08, 2020
Ep57 The Star-Spangled Banner
Jun 30, 2020
Ep56 Email Questions | Theory, Number System, Complex Chord Changes, Backing Tracks
Jun 25, 2020
Ep55 Runnin’ Down a Dream | How Does This Song Work?
Jun 19, 2020
Ep54 Hard to Handle | How Does This Song Work?
Jun 11, 2020
Ep53 Email Questions | Kemper-Mode Intervals-Creative Genius-DGT
May 28, 2020
Ep52 Blues is Not 145
May 20, 2020
Ep51 What Is “1 4 5” in Music?
May 11, 2020
Ep50 Ramblin Man | How Does This Song Work?
Apr 30, 2020
Ep49 Lean On Me Bill Withers Guitar Chords
Apr 08, 2020
Ep48 Twilight Zone | How Does This Song Work?
Apr 01, 2020
Ep47 Still Got the Blues (For You) | How Does This Song Work?
Mar 18, 2020
Ep46 The Nature Versus Nurture Debate
Mar 11, 2020
Ep45 House of the Rising Sun | How Does This Song Work?
Mar 06, 2020
Ep44 What are Sus2 and Sus4 Chords?
Feb 26, 2020
Ep43 Using Perfect 4th Intervals on IV Chords
Feb 12, 2020
Ep42 How to Put Together a Live Rig For Playing Gigs
Feb 02, 2020
Ep41 Tom Sawyer | How Does This Song Work?
Jan 16, 2020
Ep40 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 3 of 3
Jan 10, 2020
Ep39 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 2 of 3
Jan 04, 2020
Ep38 Q&A from 12-31-2019 Part 1 of 3
Dec 31, 2019
Ep37 Jingle Bell Rock | How Does This Song Work?
Dec 19, 2019
Ep36 Music Intervals (And Why Every Guitarist Needs to Know Them)
Dec 12, 2019
Ep35 HW Talks Tone Junkie and the Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Dec 05, 2019
Ep34 How to Use a Guitar Looper Pedal
Nov 23, 2019
Ep33 In What Key Is Sweet Home Alabama?
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 32- Best Ear Training Exercise For Guitar.mp3
Nov 07, 2019
Episode 31 "Thank You" Led Zeppelin | How Does This Song Work
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 30 #1 Best Exercise to Improve Your Guitar Playing
Oct 25, 2019
Episode 29 "Comfortably Numb" | How Does This Song Work?
Oct 18, 2019
Episode 28 Everything You Need to Know About Guitar Gear
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 27: 9 Ways to Become a Better and Happier Guitar Player
Oct 04, 2019
Episode 26: Slow Down Music For Guitar
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 25: The Importance of Learning Songs
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 24: The History of Guitar Music Theory
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 23 New Pentatonic Scale Patterns Video.mp3
Mar 09, 2018
Episode 22 Guitar Picking Mechanics
Jan 16, 2018
Episode 21 Playing Pedal Point and Pedal Tones
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 20 Using Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns For Improvisation
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 19 Chord Tone Soloing and Outlining Chord Progressions
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 18 Lead Patterns with Major Scales and Modes
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 17 Pentatonic Lead Patterns
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 16 Chromatic Passing Chords Diminished and Augmented
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 15 Key Changes Borrowed Chords and Circle of Fifths
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 14 Dominant Function and Harmonic Minor Chord Progressions
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 13 Scale Formulas and Renumbering Chord Progressions
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 12 What Is the Key of a Song?
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 11 Interview with Guitarist and Singer Songwriter Joe Robinson
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 10 Blues Guitar Scales Chords Progressions and Theory
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 09 Playing Chords with Added Chord Tones and Extensions
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 08 Playing Music Intervals On Guitar
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 07 Music Modes and Playing Modal Guitar Scales
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 06 Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers For Guitar
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 05 How to Learn Major Scale Patterns and Play Major Scale Songs
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 04 Using Guitar CAGED Chord Forms to Play Arpeggios and Chord Inversions
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 03 How to Learn Pentatonic Scale Patterns and Play Pentatonic Songs
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 02 Learn the Notes On the Guitar Fretboard
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 01 What is Guitar Theory?
Dec 13, 2017