#1
I have been playing guitar for just over a year, and I know very little theory. I know the chromatic scale, how to construct major and minor chords using major and minor thirds, the circle of fourths, and intervals (Unison, perfect 4th, Octave). I want to do GCSE music next year, but I'm worried I'm gonna fail if I don't know enough theory. What am I going to need to know to do well?
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#2
Learn how the Major and Minor scales work and learn the harmony within it. You'll get an A* easily.

I know quite a lot of theory, and I'm doing GCSE music; so far, for the exams, that's all I've needed to know. For my composition, I used some modulation as well as what's stated and got an A.
#3
Try buying some classical theory books (graded). You don't have to do the exams but it should give you a decent head start. In grade 1 and 2 you;ll be learning about intervals and sight reading, scales and then in higher grades you learn about cadences and inversions. It will improve your musician ship heaps. Also, there is a great lesson on UG called Music theory-the beggining to help you out. Good luck!
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even after a year i still dont even know that much & i took GCSE... im boned aren't i?!



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#6
Cool. Thats quite a relief. I already know major and minor pentatonics. Is that what you meant? Or natural minor scale? By the harmony do you mean Aminor goes with a C major chord type of thing?
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#7
Quote by Hereiwas
I have been playing guitar for just over a year, and I know very little theory. I know the chromatic scale, how to construct major and minor chords using major and minor thirds, the circle of fourths, and intervals (Unison, perfect 4th, Octave). I want to do GCSE music next year, but I'm worried I'm gonna fail if I don't know enough theory. What am I going to need to know to do well?



GCSE is piss, you don't need to know anything to pass it no matter what subject it is. Just jump through the hoops. Only utter retards fail GCSE. And, if you know that theory already there's no chance of failing whatsoever.
#8
harpsichord is a sign of baroque music, and gamelan is an indonesian orchestra - thats all i learnt at gcse music and i got an A
#10
I know balls about theory, and i got a high B in my mocks, and both my performance pieces are A*s. Go for it!
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#11
You do not need to know theory. Any theory required is very very basic and is taught to you very clearly during the course.
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You do not need to know theory. Any theory required is very very basic and is taught to you very clearly during the course.


...unless you have a **** teacher like mine