#1
Hey Everybody! Thanks in advance for your time in reading and responding. I am a 37 year old guitarist. I have been playing mostly as a hobby aka "bedroom rockstar" for about 24 years but in the last 3-4 years something has changed. I'm obsessed with playing my guitar. Lately I'm writing and starting to record my own music. The only music theory I know is from what I've picked up over the years (reading articles and such). I can't read musical notation.

That being said, however, my playing skill level is quite good. I have an excellent ear. For example, if I heard a note played I could find the correct pitch (or very close to the correct pitch) on one try. If I heard a radio/TV jingle I could play it almost spot-on the first time through. If it matters, my main musical tastes lie in hard rock/metal. But I also am fond of classical music when I'm in the mood.

My question(s) or debate becomes--given my experience and skill-- Where do I begin learning REAL music theory? Do I take college courses? Do I pay some dude from the local guitar shop to teach me? Do I buy books and teach myself? I know I'll get answers all over the spectrum but I figured there are others who have been where I am at and found success. It was suggested to me to take a community college course for beginner piano--as the piano is almost like the "standard". I am OK with that; I have a digital piano too. I have no problem taking college courses but here's my logic on college courses: If I take a non-credit course for Beginner Piano, I can learn but at the end its non-credit. Its almost like I should take full credit courses for music that can count towards a degree or something useful. I know there's all sorts of medium out there for self-teaching but I'm not convinced that is what I want, not to mention not knowing the quality of the content.

So, what has worked for you all in terms of music education and why? I want to understand Keys, Chords, Scales, etc and how they relate, why they relate, etc.

Thanks again!
#3
this site helped me a lot in understanding theory: http://justinguitar.com/

i did go into guitar after having learned classical piano (with a teacher) for 10 years though, so i dunno if it'll work for you.
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#4
I'd start at musictheory.net and just work through everything there.
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#5
For me there was no one go to place. It was a matter of reading stuff and watching videos all over the internet. One great place to check out is a guy on Youtube, his name is Andrew Wasson. http://www.youtube.com/user/creativeguitarstudio He went to MI and he really knows his stuff. Everything you could ever and will ever need to know is on his channel for free.
#6
My favorite books for learning music is The Fundamentals of Musical Composition, The Study of Counterpoint, The Jazz Theory Book, and some of Tonal Harmony.
#8
Well if you must check a college course, you might be able to audit a class if the local university allows such things.
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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