#1
I dunno if that's the place for spitting your problems out but here I go :
I've been playing guitar for about 3 years (not as good as an ordinary 3-year), and I play okay I think, I can play a few decent stuff, solos, chords, a really few scales but my problem is that I'm really bad at theory, I never learnt how to play notes (DoReMi-like), can't seem to understand the whole scales stuff (major,minor,pentatonic and their positions), I almost never successfully memorize names of chords.

What do you suggest? I'm still taking lessons.
#3
look on UG lol... this place has some epic lessons on that stuff, it helped me out alot, i've been playing for about 5yrs, and it was only about 2 years ago i finally pulled my finger out and started learning the real core stuff, coz i just werent getting any better. But now its all cool =]
#4
Yes and I try to use them, but I can't seem to fully understand. I already got the places of notes on the string (F being on 6th string 1st fret, then everything next is a whole step except from B to C and E to F which are half steps), but I think my main problem is that it's english and I'm Israeli so I've got a really few english problems. Even worse, the whole names for techniques and notes and scales might be different in hebrew so if I'll learn it in english I might won't be able to do it well with my friends and they'll be like "WTF u suk lawl".
#5
If you're taking lessons, then just ask your teacher to go through some theory with you.
Last edited by Kylix at Jun 1, 2008,
#6
Well by looking only at beginning theory articles I don't think I got the time & mood to handle this right now (finals are really soon), I'll just wait some time before I start, thanks for your advices.
#7
Just use numbering or mathematic system.
English is not first language either. Everything is backwards...
for writing , phrasing...etc

memorize a little at a time.

You already know 3/4 and 7/8 as half step

E/F and C/B E=3 F=4, These are fixed on the piano.
This is your refference piont

If you start from the note C as the 1 note ...it'll sound: ro la mi fa so...in C
therefore the Key of C.


For chords example,
maj = happy
min=sad
dim= scary

For one week just remorize this: I, IV, V= happy (Maj) or 1,4,5 if you wish
The next week memorize ii, iii, vi = (min)or 2,3,6

The reasons romans are use is to help distinguish between chords and scale

large letters = Maj
small letters = min

when writing in intervals , the same concept is apply
Big M= maj
little m=min

Penatonic= a pentagon has 5 sides. Pentatonic scale only has 5 notes.

Naming chords is just alternating 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

sus = suspended , removed , take away. REMOVE the 3rd
min = LESS than (such as minorities) (b flat)
Aug = augmenting in english is define as to ADD to something (# sharp)
Dim = diminished in english is define as to TAKE AWAY or LOWER (b flat)

example : every other note are basic chord structure

1,3,5 = maj chord

1,b3, 5 = min....becuase the 3 was made LESS to = b3
Last edited by Ordinary at Jun 1, 2008,
#8
Quote by Blade686
Yes and I try to use them, but I can't seem to fully understand. I already got the places of notes on the string (F being on 6th string 1st fret, then everything next is a whole step except from B to C and E to F which are half steps), but I think my main problem is that it's english and I'm Israeli so I've got a really few english problems. Even worse, the whole names for techniques and notes and scales might be different in hebrew so if I'll learn it in english I might won't be able to do it well with my friends and they'll be like "WTF u suk lawl".

I can't help with the language problem, but see if maybe they have a Hebrew version of a music theory book. Your local library should have multiple theory books in stock, and learning music theory will really help you out a lot.