The Street Musician - No Nonsense Guides To Music Theory

They may not be great, they may not be theoretically correct, but they will be everything you need to know to get you through the nightmare of music theory you’ve always tried to avoid, and you won’t get lost in the usual load of rubbish that you normally get with your average theory lessons.

These guides are designed for those of you who for years have been struggling to come to terms with the basics of scales, modes and chord construction etc. Every time you try and conquer the subject, you manage to get past the first couple of incredibly boring lessons on the major scale, and then fail miserably as you get swamped with a ridiculous amount of information on keys, perfect 7ths, minor 5th’s, mixolydian modes and harmonic minor scales.

Check out the no nonsense guides below, take them slowly and complete the tutorials one section at a time. Soon you will have a clear understanding of how these scales, chords and modes are constructed and used, and how you can use them in your music to make you a better player and musician.

We’ll be cutting through the technical blurb and getting to the crux of things, so stick with me and you’ll be soloing all over the fret board in no time.

One thing you should know is that I tend to teach things in a slightly different way than most people, but the approach I take works and has good results.

So if like me, you switch off as soon as anyone mentions music theory, then you need the Street Musician’s No Nonsense Guides.

Why Learn Scales ?

Why do we need to learn scales and what is their practical application in music.

No Nonsense Guide To Scales

Part 1

Problems with learning scales and how to learn up to 60 scales as quickly and efficiently as possible by learning only one minor scale.
Positions 1 and 2 of the G natural (pure) minor scale

Part 2

Positions 3,4 and 5 of the G minor scale

Part 3

Final positions 6 and 7 of the G minor scale.

Part 4 – Easy Transposition

Using the G minor scale to easily play or transpose the minor scale in all twelve keys. Backing tracks included.

Part 5 – Relative Major and Minor Scales

Using the previously learned minor scales to play relative major scales in all twelve keys. Relative major and relative minor theory.

Part 6 – Switching Between Major and Minor

Easy methods to find all major scales using minor scales in the same key, and why you already know all 7 of the major scale positions.

Alternative Minor Scale Positions

You now know all seven minor scale positions, but here are a couple of commonly used alternatives you should be aware of.

Open Scale Positions

Ensure there are no areas of the guitar you are afraid to traverse in your efforts to crack the minor and major scales.

Minor Scale Positions

Choose to learn the minor scale in either 5 or 7 positions. Here we have the scale position diagrams for both methods shown together.

Scale Runs

Now you’ve learned a few positions across the guitar in Parts 1,2 and 3, solidify your knowledge and increase your speed with these easy scale runs. Learn to move them around the neck, play them in different keys and switch between major and minor.

Click below for the Scale Run Exercise tabs.

Scale Run Tab 1

Part 7 – The Pentatonic Minor Scale

Learn the 5 scale positions of one of the most commonly used scale in rock, blues and jazz. The pentatonic minor is simply the minor scale with a couple of notes missing. Once you have learned the natural minor scale, have a go at the pentatonic minor.

Part 8 – The Blues Scale

5 scale positions of the most fun and commonly used scale in music. The blues scale or pentatonic blues is simply the pentatonic minor scale with an added note. Once you have learned the pentatonic minor scale, your next step is to learn the blues.

The Chromatic Scale

The chromatic scale holds the key to any guitarists speed, finger strength, agility and co-ordination. Explanation, loads of exercises and tabs in this section.

No Nonsense Guide To Modes – coming soon

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