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mostly based around guitar
anyone have any links/tips?
music theory stifles creativity and you will turn into a drone if you even look at a scale chart.
this ^^ is done now and if anyone says anything remotely similar i will strike them down.
get a book rather than internet links, the www has too many shiny things that will steal the willpower needed for learning.
what sort of level are you at?
"the only chord I know of is the one that connects the guitat to the amp"
just use this: http://tinyurl.com/69lz2v
if you pick up your guitar and play any of the notes that are circled, it will guaranteed sound good
if i ever have to hear the joke "how do you get a guitarist to shut up" "hand him a piece of sheet music" one more time, i will scream.
i've studied theory in high school and college but the one thing that has helped me with memorizing scales is the circle of fifths. once you've got that, you're golden.
the theory required for doing serialism is different to jazz and again different to post-rock...
and obviously too much theory can be a problem
but it's also very useful
unlike this post which really hasn't answered your question at all
they actually really help when your stuck on that vital chord progression
and its mechanics over complicates the application of theory and compostion. Where as the piano lends itself to it perfectly.
if you must do it this way thou, you should start by learning where a few notes are on every string. until you can go up and down each string playing no sharps or flats to test your memory.
then start realising when your playing octaves and 5ths by ear etc.
then figure out the keys of songs you like to play so compostion wise you can also start to realise the chord changes you make and there progressions eg. I IV I V and start playing the song in diff keys.
i'll beg/borrow/steal a really cheap keyboard off someone and do this
even if it's once a month or something. no matter how strong willed and determined you are, i think a good teacher will guarantee you won't get sloppy, regardless of what level you are at.
i've been playing for around 12 years and perform regularly but every time i go back to my teacher, even for an hour, i come away feeling completely inadequate and realise how much my technique and theory has slipped in the time in between.