theory, once again at the root of it all

There is no question that the 20th century brought significant change to musical styles. As new forms such as jazz, blues, and rock began to develop and spread, the methods of learning/teaching in music tend to be centered on a more ‘do it yourself’ and improvised approach. This is not necessarily a bad thing, improvisation is key to writing authentic and original music but if you rely solely on playing by ear you are cheating yourself out of a lot of information on how music is constructed and arranged.

As a self taught guitarist the importance of music theory always seems to be increasing and has an added bonus when working with other musicians.  Its nice when you can identify what time signature a riff you wrote is in so the drummer or other players can follow and arrange their own parts around that. Essentially what music theory does for us is gives us a language in which to communicate and describe the music we are playing.  Terms like octave, crescendo, as well as the fundamentals of chord construction aren’t there to cripple you but rather make things easier.

For those of you interested in learning some theory there are a lot of great resources out there to help you. One site in particular which I recommend is posted below.

Teoria – Music Theory Web

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~ by underaglassmoon on August 13, 2008.

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