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
Ep131 "Stay" Lisa Loeb - How Does This Song Work?
31:45

"Stay (I Missed You)" by Lisa Loeb features nice guitar work that uses a capo and unconventional chord shapes. I break down the song for you in this podcast episode and explain how I approach learning a song that uses a capo.

VIDEO https://youtu.be/4kWhUffbKzU


🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Sep 30, 2022
Ep130 Chord Tones and Extensions with Sandy Williams
01:07:06

In episode 130 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome Guitar Theory For Dummies technical editor Sandy Williams to talk about added chord tones, extensions, and naming chords.

TODAY'S SPONSOR
This episode is sponsored by American Musical Supply. Go to https://ter.li/AmericanMusicalSupply-DESI and use promo code DESI to receive $20 off a purchase over $100.

FREE VIDEO COURSE
🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Sep 23, 2022
Ep129 The Power of Love - How Does This Song Work?
01:15:23

In my latest installment of How Does This Song Work, Matt Reviere (Carrie Underwood guitarist) and I give you a music theory breakdown of "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. We take a look at some of the key parts played by guitarist Chris Hayes and explain the key, chords, progressions, and scales used for the guitar solo. This song uses a mixture of major and minor, a bit of the Dorian and Mixolydian modes, and the minor pentatonic blues scale. The bridge features some beautiful extended chords with 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths.

I have also created a separate video with guitar tablature and posted it on YouTube

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Aug 26, 2022
Ep128 Q&A The Middle - Creating Cover Band Tracks - Picking with Fingers - Using Modes - Tenor Guitars - and more
01:23:26

In episode 128 of my Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk about "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World, playing guitar technique exercises, creating cover band tracks, picking with your fingers, using modes, tenor guitars, and more.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Aug 16, 2022
Ep127 Cover Band Gig with Tracks
01:29:52

In my latest podcast episode, I talk about my recent cover band gigs. I used tracks and performed a variety of popular songs.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Aug 05, 2022
Ep126 Q&A Adam Hatfield Line 6 Helix Stomp
01:41:24

In episode 126 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I’m joined by my friend Adam Hatfield to talk about the Line 6 Helix Stomp plus answer listener questions. We answer questions about applying pentatonic scale patterns, using dominant function, playing fingerstyle chord melody guitar, using 4th and 5th harmony, and more plus we talk about gear and amps. This is an audio-only podcast episode. You won't find videos online but I have been posting lots of new videos to my social media profiles. Be sure to like and follow my pages at the links below including my brand new TikTok profile.

https://www.youtube.com/user/GuitarMusicTheoryTab?sub_confirmation=1

https://www.facebook.com/desisernaguitar

https://www.instagram.com/desisernaguitar/?hl=en

https://www.tiktok.com/@desisernaguitar

https://twitter.com/desisernaguitar

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Jul 22, 2022
Ep125 Physiotherapist Mark Tsai Offers Advice on Dealing with Hand Cramping
01:27:35

In episode 125 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome back Physiotherapist Mark Tsai to discuss some recent problems I've had with my hands. We talk about how the way you hold your guitar determines the amount of flexion in your wrists which could cause issues that lead to cramping. I play a little bit of the bass line from Journey's "Don't Stop believing" and explain how my hand locked up halfway through the song at a recent gig. We even get off into the weeds a bit and talk about chronic pain and the books of Dr. John Sarno and Alan Gordon that have helped heal so many people.

Video
https://youtu.be/pA3-aWo13F4

Physiotherapist Mark Tsai
https://www.woodbinephysiotherapy.com/

Podcast Ep81 Hand Anatomy with Physiotherapist Mark Tsai
https://guitarmusictheory.libsyn.com/ep81-hand-anatomy-with-physiotherapist-mark-tsai

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John E. Sarno MD
https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Back-Pain-Mind-Body-Connection/dp/0446557684

The Way Out: A Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Healing Chronic Pain by Alan Gordon
https://www.amazon.ca/Way-Out-Revolutionary-Scientifically-Approach/dp/059308683X/

FlexEx Patented Hand Exerciser https://www.amazon.com/FlexEx-Patented-Hand-Exerciser-Strengthener/dp/B075H8GDLT

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Jul 15, 2022
Ep124 Agent Envy and Fretboard Theory Go Viral on TikTok
02:09:06

Music artist Agent Envy posted a video about my book Fretboard Theory to her TikTok profile that went viral and got a TON of views. She's a guest on this podcast episode and we discuss her music, how learning music theory helps her write songs, and how she built an influential presence on social media.

Podcast Video Link
https://youtu.be/wo-2lI4O0m0

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🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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Agent Envy TikTok
https://www.tiktok.com/@agent.envy/video/7076867526180834606?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1&lang=en

Desi Serna Guitar TikTok
https://www.tiktok.com/@desisernaguitar?lang=en

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Hospital Sox Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/track/2UrMgiWNQkgovhFtFENLOj?si=e3bdfa1c7af54795

Hospital Sox Spotify
https://music.apple.com/us/album/hospital-sox/1535493112?i=1535493113

Hospital Sox YouTube
https://youtu.be/pyGby6yA2o4

Jun 30, 2022
Ep123 What is a Circle Progression? (Using the Circle of 5ths and 4ths)
28:26

What’s a circle chord progression? I discuss this composition technique in my latest podcast episode and explain how it relates to the Circle of Fifths used in music. I give you a few examples based on familiar songs and demonstrate how playing the 5th cycle backward creates the circle of 4ths. 

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Click here to view the video version of Fretboard Theory online.

May 19, 2022
Ep122 Q&A David Lund Helix
01:17:47

In episode 122 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome my friend David Lund to talk about the Line 6 Helix plus answer questions about shopping for a guitar, learning songs, playing modes, and more.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

May 12, 2022
Ep121 How to name and use the Dadd4add9 chord
59:47

In my latest podcast episode, I discuss the Dadd4add9 chord. This is a complex-sounding chord that is actually very easy to play. Use it to spruce up your playing and make things sound more interesting. It also goes by the name Dadd2add4 and even D11. I explain where its names come from and give you examples of how it's used in familiar songs.

The following songs are good examples that use the shape in its entirety as Dadd4add9.

"Man on the Moon" REM
"Closer to Fine" Indigo Girls
"Jumper" Third Eye Blind
"Sugar Mountain" Neil Young (tune down whole step)
"Engine Driver" The Decemberists

These songs omit the E note creating the simpler Dadd4 chord.

"Why Georgia" John Mayer
"Crossroads" John Mayer
"Hysteria" Def Leppard
"2000 Miles" The Pretenders
"Hosanna" Paul Baloche
"Songs She Sang in the Shower" Jason Isbell
"#41" Dave Matthews Band
"Have a Cigar" Pink Floyd
"Bigmouth Strikes Again" The Smiths

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

GEAR
PRS SE Angelus acoustic/electric guitar
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Preamp

Apr 29, 2022
Ep120 Top 10 Fingerpicking Songs You Should Learn
17:04

In my latest podcast episode, I discuss the top 10 fingerpicking songs you should learn. If you want to develop the fingerpicking techniques commonly used in popular styles of music, these songs are some of the best to learn.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Apr 04, 2022
Ep119 Q&A with Matt Reviere - Pinch harmonics - Thumb Placement - Hearing Protection - Pentatonic Scale - E Flat Tuning
01:18:40

In my latest podcast episode, Matt Reviere and I answer questions about pinch harmonics, thumb placement, hearing protection, pentatonic scales, E flat tuning, and more. Additionally, we get a voicemail message from Dan Daniels who informs me about a problem with the shipping rates on my website.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Mar 20, 2022
Ep118 Pink Panther Theme
01:00:56

In my latest podcast episode, I show you an easy way to play the Pink Panther Theme on guitar. This song makes use of the pentatonic scale, blues scale, minor scale, and harmonic minor scale. There's also good use of chromatic half-step movement and a tritone substitution. I also discuss my new Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB Audio Interface (Gen 3) and answer a question about when to change guitar strings.

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🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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GEAR
Epiphone Dot semi-hollow body electric guitar
PRS 57/08 pickups
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
EMPIRE KEMPER PROFILE PACK from Tone Junkie

Mar 08, 2022
Ep117 Blackbird | How Does This Song Work?
42:28

In my latest podcast episode, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring "Blackbird" by The Beatles. This song was written, sung, and played by Paul McCartney. It features a combination of finger picking and finger strumming plus compound 3rd intervals, chromatic voice leading, and a key change. I teach these types of composition techniques in my Fretboard Theory books and video courses. Gear used includes a PRS SE Angelus acoustic/electric guitar and a Fishman Aura Spectrum DI.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Feb 21, 2022
Ep116 Matt Reviere - How to Be a Professional Guitarist
01:23:35

In Episode 116 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome back Carrie Underwood guitarist Matt Reviere. We talk about how Matt got started with playing guitar as a beginner and what he had to do to become good enough to play at a professional level.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Feb 07, 2022
Ep115 Q&A Positions Patterns Acoustic Strings Santana Ear Training and Hate Mail
01:11:21

In my latest podcast episode, I answer listener questions about fretboard positions, scale patterns, acoustic guitar strings, Carlos Santana guitar tone, ear training, and more plus I share some hate mail.

FREE VIDEO COURSE
🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

EAR TRAINING GAMES
https://fretshare.com/games

GEAR
PRS DGT
Seymour Duncan APH-1 pickups
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
67 PRO VERB KEMPER PROFILE PACK from Tone Junkie

Jan 27, 2022
Ep114 7 Ways to Improve Your Guitar Playing For Songwriting
41:25

In my latest podcast episode, I give you 7 ways to improve your guitar playing for songwriting. It's difficult to write songs and perform when your guitar skills are weak or nonexistent. This is especially true for newcomers to the songwriting world who have little to no experience playing an instrument. By following my seven recommendations, you can get your guitar skills in order so that nothing holds you back from writing great-sounding, meaningful music.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

GEAR
PRS SE P20 Parlor Guitar Antique White
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Preamp

Jan 18, 2022
Ep113 Thunderstruck ACDC How Does This Song Work?
56:00

In this free guitar lesson, I give you an overview of the song “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. You get to know the key and chords. You see the scales and modes used to play the main riff and lead guitar solo. You may be surprised to find out that Angus Young and his brother Malcolm managed to use a bit of harmonic minor and mixolydian mode, proving that AC/DC's music is more than just your typical three-chord rock. Most of the rhythm guitar parts played throughout “Thunderstruck” are simple, but there's a lot to learn about tone, technique, and timing.

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🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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Basketball History 101 Podcast

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GEAR

  • PRS McCarty 594
  • Seymour Duncan SH-1 59 pickups
  • Kemper Profiling Amplifier
  • Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack
Dec 30, 2021
Ep112 Please Come Home for Christmas | How Does This Song Work?
01:09:14

“Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles includes some interesting twists and turns that leave your average guitarist wondering how the seemingly unrelated chords sound so good together. In this free guitar lesson, I explain how the song makes use of composition techniques such as chromatic voice leading and secondary dominants to create a soulful, rhythm and blues, Christmas classic. I explain everything from counting the 12/8 time signature to using the major pentatonic scale featured during the guitar solo. Instead of showing the specific guitar parts played in the song, I give you a general overview of the music by explaining the basic chords, song structure, and music theory. I position the chords in my version a little differently from the recording in order to make it easier for you to see the musical movement on the guitar fretboard.

CHORDS AND TABLATURE
https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/please-come-home-for-christmas-how-does-this-song-work/

OFFICIAL SHEET MUSIC
https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/en-US/se/ID_No/409582/Product.aspx

FOX TRACKS MUSIC
Get a complimentary Direction + Sound call to talk through whatever might be keeping your music from hitting the world’s eardrums, along with a free, downloadable home recording guide so you can set up a pro studio at home.
foxtracksmusic.com/desi

FREE VIDEO COURSE
What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

GEAR
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster (hardware, pickups, and wiring upgrades by Bluesman Vintage Guitars)
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack
Tone Junkie Tweed Deluxe Profile Pack

Dec 18, 2021
Rolling Stones 500 The Beatles
02:31

Let It Be is known as The Beatles’ breakup record: the one where squabbles among John, Paul, George, and Ringo began to overtake the music, resulting in their darkest, most divisive set of songs. In our season 2 premiere, Paul and Ringo join best-selling author and Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield to take us step-by-step through the making of the album, from the failed back-to-basics concept to the famous 1969 rooftop gig to the bitter feud over producer Phil Spector’s involvement. Listen only on Amazon Music. Listen to Rolling Stone 500: http://wondery.fm/RS500_Music_Theory

Dec 11, 2021
Ep111 Major 7 Chords - Upgrading Inexpensive Guitars - Structuring Practice Time - Ear Training - and More
59:51

In episode 111 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I answer questions about major 7 chords, upgrading inexpensive guitars, structuring practice time, and more.

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🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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In I Am Mine, the latest edition of Audible’s Words + Music series, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder reflects on a life at the intersection of art, sensitivity, and masculinity. Listen now at audible.com/Vedder

Dec 07, 2021
Ep110 Guitar Theory For Dummies 2nd Edition
01:04:59

In my latest podcast episode, I talk about the *2nd edition* release of my book, Guitar Theory For Dummies. This book covers scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more for guitar and has been a good-enough seller to warrant a second printing. Yay!

This episode is supported in part by Hosa Cables. Visit hosatech.com and use code THEORY30 to get 30% off your next order.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the question about your playing, and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Nov 23, 2021
Ep109 Wonderwall | How Does This Song Work
01:05:17

In my latest podcast episode, I examine the song "Wonderwall" by Oasis. This popular guitar song features a challenging syncopated strumming pattern plus makes use of pedal tones and a capo.

This episode is supported in part by Hosa Cables. Visit hosatech.com and use code THEORY30 to get 30% off your next order.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the question about your playing, and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

GEAR
PRS SE Angelus acoustic/electric guitar
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Preamp

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
01:01:15

In this podcast episode I answer listener questions about finding keys, the construction of the pentatonic scale, how to practice major scale patterns, guidelines for teaching, Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jr., Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, playing and singing at the same time, and more.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Oct 27, 2021
Ep107 Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar
01:09:17

VIEW BEGINNER GUITAR PRIMER HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0941VSZYZ

Today, I want to talk about my latest book, Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar.

There are a lot of guitar books available to teach you the basics of playing guitar, but there aren’t many to explain what the process is like and how you should get prepared to take your first steps.

This is where my book comes in. It’s not a beginner guitar method. Instead, I talk about what you can expect during the learning process, how to get in the right state of mind, and what you need to know about the guitar’s role in music. I also explain how to select the best gear to start with, whether or not you should begin on an acoustic or electric guitar, and whether or not you should read music.

People often dive straight into playing guitar without knowing enough about what they’re getting into. As a result, they make mistakes, get confused and frustrated. This hurts their progress and can even cause them to quit. I wrote Beginner Guitar Primer so that newcomers can avoid these mistakes and get on the right track right out of the gate.

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FREE VIDEO COURSE

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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TODAY'S GUITAR

PRS P20 Parlor Acoustic Guitar https://prsguitars.com/acoustics/se_p20_2021

Oct 15, 2021
Ep106 Fretboard Theory Student Composes Music in GarageBand
01:13:03

In episode 106 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, Fretboard Theory student, Stephen Brutscher, talks about how he used what he learned about music composition to record his own instrumental guitar tracks using GarageBand for Mac. Check out his album, Doomed Paradise by Ghost Knives, here: https://ghostknives.hearnow.com/

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Oct 05, 2021
Ep105 Under the Bridge - How Does This Song Work?
45:27

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers features chords that don't seem to fit together in any one key. In this lesson, I show you how guitarist John Frusciante makes use of pedal tones and modal interchange (also called modal mixture or borrowed chords) to compose this 90s classic. I break down the intro, verse, chorus, and bridge and explain the music theory behind the chord progressions.

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OTHER VIDEOS
https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/under-the-bridge-chords-and-tab/

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GEAR
Bluesman Vintage Guitars Sedan (Stratocaster-type guitar)
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack

Sep 25, 2021
Ep104 Q&A Speed - CAGED Arpeggios - Guitar Soloing - Kemper Profiling Amplifier - Hosa Cables - Using a Pick - Transposing a Song
57:47

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Have a question or comment to submit? Go here: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/contact/

Want to connect for a private online lesson? Book here: https://desiserna.as.me/schedule.php

Ready for my Fretboard Theory video course? Enroll here: https://guitarmusictheory.teachable.com/p/fretboard-theory/

Looking for Guitar Picking Mechanics? Enroll here: https://guitarmusictheory.teachable.com/p/guitar-picking-mechanics-video

Sep 16, 2021
Ep103 Single-coil and Humbucker Guitar Pickups Tone Test
24:03

Can you hear the difference between a single-coil guitar pickup and a humbucker? Test your ear by listening to my blind samples played in the style of familiar songs. You should notice that the lower output single-coil pickups sound thinner, brighter, and with less depth but more clarity. The higher output humbuckers sound thicker with more midrange, depth, and sustain. The twangy, snappy sound of single-coil pickups typically work better for clean tones and when light to moderate overdrive is in use. Humbucking pickups typically work better for higher gain tones. Humbuckers are actually two single-coils wired together. Humbuckers get their name because they cancel the 60-cycle hum that can be an issue with single-coil pickups in some settings where electronic interference is present. All these sound samples are played through a Kemper Profiling Amplifier using profiles from Tone Junkie and Top Jimi. I used the same settings for both guitars in each example. What are your favorite tones? Let me know in the comments!

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

GEAR
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster (hardware, pickups, and wiring upgrades by Bluesman Vintage Guitars)
PRS McCarty 594 (Seymour Duncan SH-1 59 pickups)
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack (1968 Super Lead)
Tone Junkie PLEXI SL KEMPER PROFILE PACK (1971 Marshall Super Lead 1959SL)
Tone Junkie TWEED DELUXE KEMPER PROFILE PACK (Fender Tweed Deluxe)
Tone Junkie 67 PRO VERB KEMPER PROFILE PACK (Fender Pro Reverb)

Sep 11, 2021
Ep102 All Right Now | How Does This Song Work?
35:33

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring "All Right Now" by Free. I examine this song's music theory by taking a look at the key, chords, progression, mode, and the different types of scales used in the guitar solo. You see how this song fits into the A Mixolydian mode and makes use of both the major pentatonic scale and the minor pentatonic scale.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

GEAR
PRS McCarty 594
Seymour Duncan SH-1 59 pickups
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack

Sep 01, 2021
Ep101 Sound Man Joel Hilsden Part 2 of 2
01:02:34

In this podcast episode, you hear Part 2 of my tech talk with sound man, Joel Hilsden. We continue our conversation about things guitar players should know in order to get great live sound, and we get to answering email questions. We talk about running your acoustic guitar direct using a DI box, miking your amplifier, using a digital device such as a Line 6 Helix or Kemper Profiling Amplifier, and more.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Aug 09, 2021
Ep100 Sound Man Joel Hilsden Part 1 of 2
01:13:41

In this podcast episode, I talk tech with my friend and sound man, Joel Hilsden. Joel has extensive experience running sound in various types of venues and over the course of our conversation, we talk about things guitar players should know in order to get great live sound. We talk about running your acoustic guitar direct using a DI box, miking your amplifier, using a digital device such as a Line 6 Helix or Kemper profiling Amplifier, and more. Joel and I covered so much ground that I split the audio up into two podcasts. This is part one. The next podcast episode will feature part two, so stay tuned for that.

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Aug 02, 2021
Ep99 Q&A Halfstep movement - 251 chord changes - sharps and flats - recording basics - picking bass - dominant 5 chords - altered harmony
01:03:41

In this episode, I answer email questions about half-step movement, 251 chord progressions, sharps and flats, recording basics, playing bass with a pick, dominant 5 chords, altered harmony, and more.

 

🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

Jul 20, 2021
Ep98 Why the CAGED System Will NOT Hurt Your Guitar Playing
42:19

Some people say the guitar CAGED system sucks and is harmful to your playing, but 99.99% of the guitar-playing community disagrees with this assertion and finds the CAGED system to be an important part of understanding the fretboard and playing music. Find out how the CAGED system is useful for navigating the neck, playing chords, and playing scale patterns in this free guitar lesson.

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🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

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Fretboard Theory Course
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Jul 09, 2021
Ep97 Moondance | How Does This Song Work?
29:05

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring “Moondance" by Van Morrison. This song is in the general key of A minor and mixes chords from parallel scales including Aeolian mode (natural minor), Dorian mode, and harmonic minor. It is also played using a swing feel, which is based on the triplet shuffle rhythm. Learn to play the basic chord changes and follow the three sections of the song; verse, pre-chorus, and chorus.

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Jun 25, 2021
Ep96 How to Use a Guitar Practice Amp
45:30

In this free guitar lesson, I explain how to use a guitar practice amp. Get to know how to set up a basic clean sound and properly adjust the Gain, Volume, and Master output knobs. Learn how to add overdrive and distortion by changing the Amp Type. Add effects such as reverb, delay, and chorus so you match the sounds of the songs you play.

I use a Boss Katana Air in my example, but other types of desktop guitar practice amps work similarly including the Yamaha THR, Positive Grid Spark, Blackstar Fly 3, Vox Mini5, Fender Mustang GT, and Roland Cube.

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Jun 17, 2021
Ep95 Sometimes You Gotta Simplify
20:32

In this free guitar lesson, I explain how sometimes you gotta simplify. In order to be a good guitarist, you want your playing to sound smooth and in control. This means, when you’re faced with a part that causes you to stumble, it’s better to play a simplified version of it than to make noticeable mistakes. To demonstrate how this is done, I give you an example taken from Gary Moore’s guitar solo in the song, “Still Got the Blues (For You).”

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Jun 10, 2021
Ep94 Q&A Fretboard Theory, alternate picking, blues rhythm, sustain, minor CAGED, Kemper with pedals, and more
01:02:23

Answers to your questions including how to progress through Fretboard Theory, when to use alternate picking, how to jump into key instantly in any position, being a better blues rhythm guitarist, what to do after losing a finger, getting good sustain, minor CAGED chord forms, putting a pedalboard in front of a Kemper Profiling Amplifier, and more.

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Jun 05, 2021
Ep93 Using Slash Chords on Guitar
52:26

In this free guitar lesson, I explain what slash chords are in music, why composers use them, and when you might choose to skip them while reading a chart. Slash chords do not refer to the guitarist known as Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame. The term slash refers to the use of a forward slash in a chord name such as G/B, C/G, or D/F#. Whenever a chord name includes a forward slash, the letter before the slash is the basic chord and the letter after the slash is the alternate bass note. Normally, when you play a G chord, you have a G note in the lowest or bass position. The chord G/B is a G chord but with a B note in the bass position. This means you would begin strumming on B and leave the G note below it (as well as the 6th string) out. You would call any version of a G chord with B in the bass “G with B in the bass” or “G over B” or “G/B.”

 

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May 14, 2021
Ep92 Exodus Bob Marley GUITAR LOOP
36:01

In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to make a groovy guitar loop based on Bob Marley’s “Exodus.” I show you how to record several layers using a looper effects pedal. The parts include a scratchy set of chord changes, a thumping bass line, some popcorn picking technique, and part of the vocal melody.

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May 07, 2021
Ep91 The Major Scale Contains Six Pentatonic Scales
31:21

In this free guitar lesson, I’m going to show you how the major scale contains six different pentatonic scales. Knowing this will help you understand the construction of scales, keys, and how you might want to change pentatonic scales over chords like Jimi Hendrix.

 

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Apr 28, 2021
Ep90 Q&A Memorizing Notes, Practicing With Limited Time, C Form Barre Chord, Thumb Strumming, Choosing Your Neck Shape, And More
59:07

Today, I answer more listener questions about memorizing notes, practicing with limited time, fingering the C form barre chord, strumming with your thumb, choosing your neck shape, using Fretboard Theory, and more.

 

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Apr 06, 2021
Ep89 Why You Should Use a Capo
30:11

In this free guitar lesson, I explain why you should use a capo. Some people think using a capo on guitar is a sissy way to transpose a piece of music. But using a capo on guitar is about more than just playing in different keys–it’s about making use of chord shapes that make your playing sound better.

 

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Mar 30, 2021
Ep88 Joe Robinson’s 4am Practice Routine
01:02:32

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In today’s podcast episode, super-skilled guitarist and singer/songwriter Joe Robinson discusses his diligent practice routine that begins at four o’clock in the morning. Joe is an Australian native but has been a resident of Nashville, Tennessee since 2010. Joe is well-known for both his electric guitar playing and his chord-melody fingerstyle acoustic skills. Visit Joe’s website: https://www.joerobinson.com/

Mar 16, 2021
Ep87 Email Questions - Scale Patterns, Pickup Configurations, Amps, Recording Yourself, and More
01:11:57

Today, I answer email questions about guitar scale patterns, pickup configurations, amps, recording yourself, and more.

 

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Mar 10, 2021
Ep86 What Does Playing Over Chords Mean?
39:52

In this free guitar lesson, I answer the question, What Does Playing Over Chords Mean? If you’re interested in soloing over chord changes, outlining chord progressions, or using chord tone soloing, I’ll explain what you need to do.

 

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Mar 04, 2021
Ep85 Former Classical Guitar Professor Keith Stevens
01:25:56

In podcast episode 85, I sit down and talk with Keith Stevens. Keith used to teach classical guitar at James Madison University in Harrisburg VA and now owns and operates Stevens School of Music in Troy VA. We talk about the difference between classical and rock techniques, and the best way to learn guitar in general.

 

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Feb 24, 2021
Ep84 Jungle Boogie | How Does This Song Work?
43:04

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and The Gang. This song features a scratchy funk guitar, chords from Dorian mode, and a bass riff that makes use of chromatic passing tones and 3 over 2 polyrhythms.

 

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Feb 18, 2021
Ep83 Guitar Amps and Effects with HW From Tone Junkie
01:26:03

In this free guitar lesson, I talk guitar amps and effects with HW from Tone Junkie. Tone Junkie is a company that makes amp profiles for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. The owner, HW, is an expert on guitar amps, effects, modelers and more. We talk about the different types of setups guitarists use and the pros and cons of different pieces of gear.

 

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Feb 10, 2021
Ep82 Down Under | How Does This Song Work?
38:56

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring “Down Under” by Men at Work. This reggae-inspired song features great rhythm guitar tracks that make use of CAGED system chord shapes, sixteenth note strumming, and hybrid picking technique. Instead of using guitar tablature, I just show you the main chords and parts of the song and explain the music theory.

 

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#menatwork #downunder #downunderchords

 

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Feb 05, 2021
Ep81 Hand Anatomy with Physiotherapist Mark Tsai
01:15:40

In this free guitar lesson, I talk with a physiotherapist about hand anatomy, why we have more control over some fingers than others, and things you can do to improve your hand dexterity and play to your strengths.

 

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Jan 20, 2021
Ep80 How to Correctly Play Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Cold Shot" Riff
49:38

In this free guitar lesson, I teach you how to play the opening riff heard in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s song, “Cold Shot.” I explain what you need to do to play it using the right tone, timing, and technique. I also answer some email questions.

 

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Jan 14, 2021
Ep79 2021 Guitar Plan
01:10:02

In my latest podcast episode, I talk about different things you can do with your guitar playing in 2021. If you're looking to get more out of your playing but you're not sure what to do exactly, I give you several suggestions.

 

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Jan 06, 2021
Ep78 Jingle Bell Rock Lead
42:20

In this free guitar lesson, I talk about the rockabilly lead guitar fills heard in the song “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms.

 

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Dec 23, 2020
Ep77 How to Play Legato on Guitar
51:39

In this free guitar lesson, I explain and demonstrate what it means to play legato on guitar. Legato refers to the smooth transition between notes using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

 

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Dec 18, 2020
Ep76 Walk Away James Gang | How Does This Song Work?
42:11

In this free guitar lesson, I analyze the song “Walk Away” by Joe Walsh as recorded by his former band, James Gang. You get to know the key, chords, and progression as well as the scales used for the guitar solo.

 

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Dec 09, 2020
Ep75 Gravity by John Mayer | How Does This Song Work?
42:28

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Gravity” by John Mayer. I give you an overview of the song including the chords, progression, composition techniques, and the scales used for the solos. I also demonstrate a part from the live version of the song.

 

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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
01:01:22

In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions regarding learning pentatonic scale patterns, playing country guitar solos, identifying roots and modes, practicing picking exercises, and changing scales over chords.

 

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Nov 18, 2020
Ep73 Erich Andreas - What Made Eddie Van Halen So Great?
01:16:54

In episode 73 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk with Your Guitar Sage, Erich Andreas. We talk about how we got started teaching guitar online and what made Eddie Van Halen so great.

 

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Nov 11, 2020
Ep72 Should You Learn How to Read Music?
58:11

Should guitar players learn how to read music? In this free guitar lesson, I discuss the pros and cons of reading standard musical notation. I talk about where your time might be better spent and how professional guitarists use their sight-reading skills.

 

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Nov 04, 2020
Ep71 What Are Chord Inversions and Chord Voicings?
37:55

In this free guitar lesson, I explain what chord inversions, chord voicings, and drop 2 chords are. I demonstrate how you can add variety to your playing with different chord shapes, and how these chord forms are used in familiar guitar songs. I make use of the CAGED chord system as taught in my course Fretboard Theory Chapter 3. 

 

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Oct 28, 2020
Ep70 You Don't Need to Use All 5 Pentatonic Patterns
34:54

In this free guitar lesson, I explain to you that it’s not necessary to use all five pentatonic scale patterns. Most players have particular patterns and portions of patterns they favor and use most of the time. I’m going to show you why players do this and why you should do it too.

 

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Oct 21, 2020
Ep69 Eruption Tapping | How Does It Work?
49:59

In this free guitar lesson, I demonstrate part of the instrumental track, “Eruption,” that is featured on the very first Van Halen record and performed by Eddie Van Halen. I explain how the finger tapping technique works, how the tapping uses arpeggios, and how those arpeggios create a chord progression that features modal interchange and harmonic minor. I also discuss how I dial in an Eruption tone and my reverb, delay, and phaser settings.

 

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#eruption #vanhalen #eddievanhalen

 

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Oct 15, 2020
Ep68 Fabio Marraccini From the Where Music Meets Technology Podcast
01:01:01

Interview with Fretboard Theory student Fabio Marraccini from the Where Music Meets Technology podcast. We talk music theory, modes, rock music, and more.

 

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Oct 06, 2020
Ep67 Tips For Small-Handed Short-Fingered Guitarists
01:04:10

In this free guitar lesson, I have tips for small-handed and short-fingered guitars. If you struggle to play guitar because you have little hands or stubby fingers, these tips will help you eliminate most of your problems. The four things I’m going to talk about include:

 

What is the ideal hand size to play guitar?


Which guitars are best for small-handed players?


How should small-handed players hold their guitar?


What can small-handed players do differently on the fretboard?

 

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Sep 29, 2020
Ep66 Nashville Artist Development University
01:07:19

Interview with two special guests, Kory Brunson and Jason Wyatt from Nashville Artist Development University (NADU). https://naduniversity.com/

 

We talk about what it takes to become a successful music artist and how their program is putting many musicians on the fastback to living their dreams. If you’ve ever wondered how the music industry works, you’re going to find this discussion interesting.

 

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Sep 23, 2020
Ep65 Q&A Keeping Time, Using Modes Over Chords, Teaching Children, Playing What You Hear, Small Hands
01:04:41

In Episode 65 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I answer questions about keeping time, using modes over chords, teaching children, playing what you hear, small hands, and more.

 

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Sep 16, 2020
Ep64 Interview w/ Carrie Underwood Guitarist Matt Reviere
01:17:48

In episode 64 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk with Carrie Underwood guitarist Matt Reviere. I ask him what it’s like being part of such a big live show, which pieces of gear he uses, and how he prepares for his performances.

 

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Sep 11, 2020
Ep63 The Thrill is Gone | How Does This Song Work?
28:12

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B. King. You get to know this song’s key, chords, and chord progression, as well as the different ways you can approach the solo.

 

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Sep 01, 2020
Ep62 Your Love | How Does This Song Work?
01:02:29

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Your Love” by The Outfield. You get to know this song’s key, chords, and chord progression, as well as its use of pedal tones.

 

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Aug 25, 2020
Ep61 Difference Between Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
36:18

In my latest podcast episode, I explain the difference between the major and minor pentatonic scales. You get to know how the two different tonalities are applied to music by listening to examples from Tom Petty and The Beatles.

 

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Aug 07, 2020
Ep60 Top 10 Guitar Solos You Should Learn
24:54

Struggling to play guitar solos? Do your lead lines sound like you’re just playing up and down scales? Improve your soloing skills by learning my Top 10 Guitar Solos You Should Learn.

 

Need help getting your playing skills in order? Visit my website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. I’ll get you on the right track so you can fill gaps in your playing and reach your guitar soloing goals. https://GuitarMusicTheory.com

 

#guitarsolo #howtoguitarsolo #top10guitarsolos

Jul 30, 2020
Ep59 Play That Funky Music | How Does This Song Work?
01:02:39

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry. Get to know the key, chords, and scales used in this song. 

 

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Jul 23, 2020
Ep58 Summer of ‘69 Chord Tone Soloing
33:10

In this free guitar lesson, you learn how to play over the song “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams using the chord tone soloing technique. You also learn how to play a solo by moving horizontally on one string.

 

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Jul 08, 2020
Ep57 The Star-Spangled Banner
46:36

In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions and I also talk about playing the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

 

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Jun 30, 2020
Ep56 Email Questions | Theory, Number System, Complex Chord Changes, Backing Tracks
57:44

In this free guitar lesson, I answer emails questions about music theory, the number system, playing over complex chord changes, creating backing tracks, and more.

 

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Jun 25, 2020
Ep55 Runnin’ Down a Dream | How Does This Song Work?
46:04

In this free guitar lesson I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty. You get to know how this song makes use of the blues scale, added chord tones, and modal interchange. I also answer a few email questions.

 

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Jun 19, 2020
Ep54 Hard to Handle | How Does This Song Work?
41:52

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes. You get to know how this song uses a blues-influenced composition technique that involves mixing major and minor tonalities. 

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Jun 11, 2020
Ep53 Email Questions | Kemper-Mode Intervals-Creative Genius-DGT
01:11:29

In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions regarding the Kemper Profiling Amplifier, mode intervals, tapping into your creative genius, my PRS DGT guitar, and more. 

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May 28, 2020
Ep52 Blues is Not 145
53:36

In this free guitar lesson, I explain why a blues chord progression is not 1-4-5, technically. Blues is actually 5-5-5 and makes use of dominant 7th chords, Mixolydian mode, and dominant scales.

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May 20, 2020
Ep51 What Is “1 4 5” in Music?
01:11:12

In this free guitar lesson, I explain what a "1 4 5" chord progression is and play some examples to help you train your ear. I also answer email questions. 

🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory for guitar and how it relates to popular songs? Visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

May 11, 2020
Ep50 Ramblin Man | How Does This Song Work?
52:26

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Ramblin’ Man” by The Allman Brothers Band. You get to know important details about the song’s composition including the key, scales, modes, chords, and progression.

🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory for guitar and how it relates to popular songs? Visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get to know how “Ramblin’ Man” and similar songs work so you can improvise and compose music like a pro. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Apr 30, 2020
Ep49 Lean On Me Bill Withers Guitar Chords
01:11:37

In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to play the chords to “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. I focus on the song’s introduction. You play the same chord voicings played by the pianos on the recording. This requires a bit of fancy finger work that is best suited for guitar players who are beyond the beginning stage.

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Apr 08, 2020
Ep48 Twilight Zone | How Does This Song Work?
28:46

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring. I will go over the main sections of the song, and you will get to know the key, chords, progressions, scales, and modes used in the music. If you want to learn how to actually play this song, you can use the information I provide here along with the tablature which can be found online.

 

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Apr 01, 2020
Ep47 Still Got the Blues (For You) | How Does This Song Work?
51:26

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring "Still Got the Blues (For You)" by Gary Moore.

I’m going to take a look at the general chord progressions and key as well as the scales used for the solos and how the main lead line connects to the chords.

If you’re a student of my Fretboard Theory program and you’ve advanced to Volume II, you’re going to see many of the concepts I teach in the course at play in this song. 

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Mar 18, 2020
Ep46 The Nature Versus Nurture Debate
01:13:06

Is guitar talent something you’re born with, or is it something you develop through study and practice?

How do you know when you’ve reached your limits?

When should you give up on something?

I answer these questions and discuss how to make the best of your guitar playing in my latest podcast episode.

 

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Mar 11, 2020
Ep45 House of the Rising Sun | How Does This Song Work?
29:43

In this free guitar lesson you get to know how the chords in “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals fit together. This includes a discussion on parallel scales, modal interchange, and voice leading.

I also answer email questions.

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Mar 06, 2020
Ep44 What are Sus2 and Sus4 Chords?
44:34

In episode 44 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I explain what sus2 and sus4 chords are and how they get used in familiar songs.

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Feb 26, 2020
Ep43 Using Perfect 4th Intervals on IV Chords
39:58

What do the songs “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner, and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses have in common?

 

They all make use of a perfect 4th interval over the IV chord.

 

Why do you need to know this? Because it's a common composition technique used in popular music and it helps you understand why songs often contain notes that are out of key.

 

I explain all the details and play through examples in today's podcast episode. 

 

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Feb 12, 2020
Ep42 How to Put Together a Live Rig For Playing Gigs
01:15:33

What kind of guitar amplifier and effects pedals do you need to play a gig? Should you mic your amp or go direct using a digital amp emulation device? In this free guitar lesson, I tell you what you need to know in order to be prepared for your next live performance.

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Feb 02, 2020
Ep41 Tom Sawyer | How Does This Song Work?
18:29

In this free guitar lesson, I analyze some of the guitar parts heard in the song “Tom Sawyer” by Rush and explain how the parts work.

 

You get to know the song’s music theory including the key, chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, and more.

 

I also discuss guitarist Alex Lifeson’s musical influences and how “Tom Sawyer” borrows ideas from music by The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Cream.

 

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Jan 16, 2020
Ep40 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 3 of 3
01:34:05

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In part 3 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer more questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Jan 10, 2020
Ep39 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 2 of 3
01:04:20

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In part 2 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer more questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Jan 04, 2020
Ep38 Q&A from 12-31-2019 Part 1 of 3
01:03:41

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In part 1 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Dec 31, 2019
Ep37 Jingle Bell Rock | How Does This Song Work?
38:13

In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to play the guitar chords to “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms.

 

You see how the song makes use of jazzy composition techniques such as voice leading, secondary dominants, and diminished passing chords.

 

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Dec 19, 2019
Ep36 Music Intervals (And Why Every Guitarist Needs to Know Them)
39:35

In this free guitar lesson, you are taught music intervals and why it’s so important for guitarists to learn them.

 

Get to know interval shapes and interval names such as 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths.

 

Follow the exercises to become more familiar with identifying intervals on the guitar fretboard and recognizing their sound by ear.

 

This lesson is suitable for guitarists from beginners to intermediate to advanced.

 

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Dec 12, 2019
Ep35 HW Talks Tone Junkie and the Kemper Profiling Amplifier
01:59:25

In episode 35 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk with HW from Tone Junkie. We discuss digital amp technology, the Kemper profiling amp, and how the Tone Junkie company got started.

 

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Dec 05, 2019
Ep34 How to Use a Guitar Looper Pedal
48:40

In this free guitar lesson, you learn how to use a guitar looper pedal.

 

See how to start and stop your loop on time.

 

Get ideas on how to practice and perform music with a looper pedal.

 

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Nov 23, 2019
Ep33 In What Key Is Sweet Home Alabama?
24:30

In this free guitar lesson, you take a look at the key to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

You see how some musicians hear the music as being in the key of G while other musicians hear the music as being in the key of D Mixolydian.

You also take a look at the “Sweet Home Alabama” chords, chord progressions, and which scales to use for the guitar solos.

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Nov 14, 2019
Episode 32- Best Ear Training Exercise For Guitar.mp3
32:11

In this free guitar lesson, you learn why playing songs and studying music theory is the best ear training you can do.

 

Regularly playing music will benefit how you hear music far more than ear training exercises.

 

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Nov 07, 2019
Episode 31 "Thank You" Led Zeppelin | How Does This Song Work
36:52

In this installment of How Does This Song Work?, you take a look at the song "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin.

You get to know the music theory behind the song, including the key, why the chords work together, and which scales to use for soloing.

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Oct 31, 2019
Episode 30 #1 Best Exercise to Improve Your Guitar Playing
56:37

If you want to get good at playing the guitar, you need to develop the right skills.

Developing the right skills involves increasing your hand strength and finger dexterity.

You also need to improve the coordination between your hands.

Many guitarists look to guitar exercises to develop these skills.

In this free guitar lesson, I explain the best exercise you can do. 

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Oct 25, 2019
Episode 29 "Comfortably Numb" | How Does This Song Work?
56:01

Learn the music theory behind the song “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd.

Understand the keys, chords, and progressions, plus the scales used for the guitar solos.

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Oct 18, 2019
Episode 28 Everything You Need to Know About Guitar Gear
56:26

How to choose the best electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and guitar practice amp so you sound great and make your practice time as effective as possible. 

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Oct 10, 2019
Episode 27: 9 Ways to Become a Better and Happier Guitar Player
31:11

Are you feeling dissatisfied with your guitar playing?

Do you wish you could get better, but you're unsure what to do?

If you'd like to make more progress with your guitar playing plus get more enjoyment out of the experience, here are nine ways to do it.

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Oct 04, 2019
Episode 26: Slow Down Music For Guitar
42:37

Make your guitar learning easier and your practice more productive by slowing down songs, changing the pitch of the music, and looping song sections. 

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Sep 26, 2019
Episode 25: The Importance of Learning Songs
40:21

In this podcast episode, you hear about the benefits of learning songs and how playing songs is the only way to get all aspects of your guitar playing in order so you sound like a real player. 

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Sep 20, 2019
Episode 24: The History of Guitar Music Theory
56:02

How did the Guitar Music Theory podcast get started?

Why did it stop?

Get all the history about Desi Serna, Fretboard Theory and more plus hear what's new and get ready for more episodes. 

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Sep 12, 2019
Episode 23 New Pentatonic Scale Patterns Video.mp3
43:20

Today’s podcast episode is based on the newly updated Chapter 2 from my Fretboard Theory video series and deals with playing pentatonic scale patterns. This chapter update is also sold separately as a stand-alone course called, Pentatonic Scale Patterns: How to Easily Master the Patterns Used to Play Music’s Most Iconic Guitar Riffs and Solos. The audio you hear in today’s podcast is a collection of excerpts pulled directly from the video. If you would like to view the actual video lesson along with its added resources including pentatonic song lists, backing tracks, and tabs, go to: http://www.guitar-music-theory.com/pentatonic/

Mar 09, 2018
Episode 22 Guitar Picking Mechanics
44:41

In this free guitar lesson, you receive an overview of the book and video course, Guitar Picking Mechanics. This instruction features techniques and exercises for increasing your picking accuracy, speed, and comfort. Get equipped to play popular styles of music more proficiently so you can become a better and more confident guitarist. View the full course at: http://GuitarMusicTheory.com/pick

Jan 16, 2018
Episode 21 Playing Pedal Point and Pedal Tones
19:18

In this free guitar lesson you learn how play pedal points and pedal tones. Pedal points can add new chord tones to basic chord changes. This technique can help make a harmonically richer sound and musical texture. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 20 Using Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns For Improvisation
39:09

In this free guitar lesson you learn how harmonic minor scale patterns are used in improvisation. This includes a review of building the harmonic minor scale, using pentatonic lead patterns in harmonic minor, and outlining V7 chords with arpeggios. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 19 Chord Tone Soloing and Outlining Chord Progressions
47:46

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use chord tone soloing to connect scales more closely to their related chords, and outline particular chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 18 Lead Patterns with Major Scales and Modes
58:25

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use pentatonic lead patterns for playing major scales and modes. You learn how the pentatonic scale relates to the major scale. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 17 Pentatonic Lead Patterns
35:51

In this free guitar lesson you learn that when it comes to using the pentatonic scale, it's not necessary to utilize every position or every part of every pattern. Most guitar players, including some of the most famous ones, favor only a few particular sections of these different patterns that work well together. When viewed together, these sections are sometimes called “lead patterns”. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 16 Chromatic Passing Chords Diminished and Augmented
42:38

In this free guitar lesson you learn how the spaces between chords are filled with passing chords. This includes a discussion on chromatic passing chords, diminished chords and augmented chords. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 15 Key Changes Borrowed Chords and Circle of Fifths
57:18

In this free guitar lesson you look at several related topics including: modulation, key changes, modal interchange, borrowed chords, and the circle of fifths. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 14 Dominant Function and Harmonic Minor Chord Progressions
49:16

In this free guitar lesson you learn about dominant function and using dominant seventh chords. This includes instruction on secondary dominants, voice leading and harmonic minor chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 13 Scale Formulas and Renumbering Chord Progressions
39:49

In this free guitar lesson you take a look at the interval structure of the different modes of the major scale and how musicians would number chord progressions that are modal. This involves naming the tonic pitch in a mode “1” and then numbering its other pitches from there with consideration given to any change in interval structure like sharp and flat degrees. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 12 What Is the Key of a Song?
42:10

This free guitar lesson answers the question "What is the key of a song?" You learn about tonic pitches, relative major and minor, modes and key signatures. You see that the key of a song doesn't always reflect the true parent major scale and it's up to you to go beyond the basic details and sort out the other components at play. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 11 Interview with Guitarist and Singer Songwriter Joe Robinson
01:03:07

Australian guitarist and singer/songwriter Joe Robinson discusses his musical background, style and perspectives on music theory and guitar playing. Includes samples of his songs and recorded albums plus live playing and improvisations. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 10 Blues Guitar Scales Chords Progressions and Theory
48:29

In this free guitar lesson you learn about blues guitar theory including blues chords and blues progressions. You also hear examples of how blues guitarists mix major and minor pentatonic scale patterns and use Mixolydian mode. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 09 Playing Chords with Added Chord Tones and Extensions
41:43

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to add chord tones and extensions to chords including major and minor seventh chords. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 08 Playing Music Intervals On Guitar
39:31

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to play intervals such as thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and sevenths. You get to hear what it sounds like to play harmonized guitar parts based on these intervals. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 07 Music Modes and Playing Modal Guitar Scales
28:07

Learn the music theory behind guitar modes and hear how they're used in popular music. Play modal scales including Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 06 Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers For Guitar
42:31

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to build triads and chords with the major scale, and how these chords are used to play chord progressions and play by numbers. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 05 How to Learn Major Scale Patterns and Play Major Scale Songs
01:02:42

This lesson teaches how guitar players learn major scale patterns on the fretboard and how these patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, lead guitar solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 04 Using Guitar CAGED Chord Forms to Play Arpeggios and Chord Inversions
43:06

This free lesson focuses on how guitar players use the CAGED system to play various chord shapes, chord voicings, chord inversions, and arpeggio patterns. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 03 How to Learn Pentatonic Scale Patterns and Play Pentatonic Songs
43:45

How to learn one of the most commonly used scales on guitar, the pentatonic scale. The five pentatonic scale patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 02 Learn the Notes On the Guitar Fretboard
01:01:13

Guitar players typically use the sixth and fifth strings to keep track of notes and keys while playing chords, scales, and progressions on the fretboard. For this reason, it’s important to memorize the notes along these strings, which is the focus of this podcast episode. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 01 What is Guitar Theory?
24:57

In this free guitar lesson, you get an introduction to applying music theory to the guitar fretboard. You learn how knowledge of scales, chords, and progressions can help you understand music and become a better player. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com and author of Fretboard Theory.

Dec 13, 2017