#1
I have no ear and can't understand music theory on my own, so I consulted one of my friends about getting lessons. He said that music theory will just **** me up and that it'll make writing that much harder because I'll think everything I've written is already done. Is he right?
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#2
No. He is wrong. Music theory will help you a lot, ignore him and take the lessons if it's what you really want to do.
#3
Do you really even need to ask?

That's like asking, "will cutting off my tongue hurt?"
#4
its better to go back to theory while you still can... if not, ur just setting yourself up for a situation in the future where somethin from guitar theory will come in handy and youll know nothing.... go back now
#5
Well, I'm really wanting to learn theory, but I've always thought of that problem myself. Will that ever really pose a problem for me?
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#6
ok this is like trying to build a engine for a car with no knowledge of what part does what...
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#7
Heres what I say.

Music is a language. Sure, you could hear what other people say, understand the sounds and repeat them or make up new, cool sounding words...

But it can only help if you learn the alphabet in the rules of the language (Music Theory)
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#8
I know theory is almost neccesary to be a competent guitarist. I specifically want to learn theory because I have virtually no ear for composition or playing music I hear.
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#9
If it's what you're worried about, music theory will NOT damage your creativity. Rather, it should help you in writing. A lot.
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#10
That's really what I'm aiming for. I can put together basic chord progressions by ear, but I can't write riffs to save my life or compose for ****.
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#11
I learned basic theory, but I have more of an ear, so it didnt really help me and I don't really use it. But it varies.
#12
I'm hoping to use it as much as possible. I don't want to be a theory nut, but I want to be able to compose riffs, entire songs and chord progressions. I want to be able to learn as much as I can without getting too confused haha.
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#13
Well you won't get far in music if you have no ear....

Anyway, music theory will greatly improve your knowledge, you'll be able to write songs better, use and know how to play in different keys, so that your music will sound different, you'll learn to improvise a hell of a lot better by knowing what notes are in a certain key and learn changes, so you'll be an all round better musician.

Learn theory.
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#14
Well, I know major keys at the very least. And I know some scales, but my issue is applying them. I just don't see how Steve Vai and Satch apply scales to their music. For some reason, I just can't see the scales, especially when they're up and down the fretboard like madmen.
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#15
I've been playing for 4 months, and let me tell you theory may be a little difficult at first, but you'll soon realize it's essential to becoming a better player. You prowl these forums without a knowledge of music theory and you'll have no clue what's going on. Learning theory helps you write your own songs, tab out other songs, and do pretty much everything possible with chords and scales and everything else in between.
#16
General maxim in life: learning anything helps you.

Another general maxim: stay away from people who dissuade you from learning things, because those people are wilfully ignorant and will only hold you back.

Of course learning theory will make you a better musician. Learning how to apply theory to your playing effectively will make you an excellent musician.
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#17
I believe learning some theory gives you freedom to do what you really want to do, especially if you focus on some ear training too. You could be writing a song, and in your head you hear the next chord. If you trained your ear you would know that you want is a minor seventh chord a fourth above the last one you played, and with theory you would know what that means. It would be a lost faster than going around one fret and a time and trying different chords on each one. By that time your origional inspiration might be gone!
#18
Quote by horazonblade
Heres what I say.

Music is a language. Sure, you could hear what other people say, understand the sounds and repeat them or make up new, cool sounding words...

But it can only help if you learn the alphabet in the rules of the language (Music Theory)

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