#1
I'm not sure if I'll get flamed out of the forum for posting this, but I really need help on where to start with my theory.

After realizing that living in a small town makes it damn hard to find teachers who specialize in theory/technique, and not just how to play riffs from Rock Band, I've decided that I'll study it by myself via. the internet and books.

The only problem is that, I really don't know exactly where to start... I'm not looking to use my theory knowledge to shred, or become Beethoven. I mostly want to learn theory to help with my writing of music, like writing good chord progressions, understanding harmony and melody, and knowing how the notes work. Since I don't know much about theory this it's hard to explain exactly what I'm looking for :-/.

But with the information I've provided, would it be smart to learn some scales and their modes, and study chord theory? Thanks!

Oh yeah, and if possible, can I be led to any good free sources online? Thanks again!
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#2
Quote by 5150rando
But with the information I've provided, would it be smart to learn some scales and their modes, and study chord theory? Thanks!
Yes, except scratch the part about modes.

Although before you do that, I suggest you learn about intervals, then learn to build scales based off of their intervals (starting with the major scale, then moving to the natural minor scale and the other two minor scales, or at least the harmonic minor).

I like to refer people to the articles on intervals from the Crusade, because I feel they do a pretty good job explaining them:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/general_music/the_crusade_part_2_intervals.html
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/general_music/the_crusade_part_3_applying_them_intervals.html
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#3
Quote by food1010
Yes, except scratch the part about modes.

Although before you do that, I suggest you learn about intervals, then learn to build scales based off of their intervals (starting with the major scale, then moving to the natural minor scale and the other two minor scales, or at least the harmonic minor).

I like to refer people to the articles on intervals from the Crusade, because I feel they do a pretty good job explaining them:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/general_music/the_crusade_part_2_intervals.html
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/general_music/the_crusade_part_3_applying_them_intervals.html


*Prepares notebook* Thanks .
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#4
Voilà!

People won't flame you in this forum like in The Pit. This is the helpful one.
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#5
Quote by metal4all
Voilà!

People won't flame you in this forum like in The Pit. This is the helpful one.


Thanks for the hospitality . UG is the meng!

Ooohh and the link, this also looks helpful. So far the interval stuff is extremely helpful and I have written down the first article!!!
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Last edited by 5150rando at Aug 30, 2010,
#7
Learn Chords in the Key of your choice

Learn Modes Horizontally in the Key of your choice.
Then learn the Modes Vertically.

Ionian (Major)
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian (Minor)
Locrian

Pentatonic is a good to start off with as well.

Good luck.
#8
Quote by AtticusAce
Learn Modes Horizontally in the Key of your choice.
Then learn the Modes Vertically.

Ionian (Major)
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian (Minor)
Locrian


Unfortunately this is both incorrect, and a poor choice for beginners.

If you are in a major or minor key, as most songs are, you are not using modes.

However if you are actually suggesting learning the positions of the major scale, that's a great suggestion.
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