Learn Music Theory with Free Resources

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Learn Music Theory with Free Resources

Learn Music Theory with Free Resources

If you have questions about what parts of music theory will be useful for understanding and learning modern music, look no further than the following list of free educational downloads and materials.

First of all, chords and harmony are essential building blocks for great music.  So, below are some links to PDFs, guitar tab and chord diagrams that either relate to chords, common progressions, general harmony and scales or illustrate ways of using this information in the real world:

Common chord progressions:
1-5-6-4 in 12 Keys
Diagrams – 12 Bar Blues (G)
Tab – 12 Bar (G)

Chord theory, triads and extensions:
7th Chords in G Major
Cheat Sheet – Triads in G Major
Chord Qualities (3rds) in G Major
Chord Scale Inversions in G
Example – Upper Structures
Rootless 7th Chord Voicings

Scales and keys:
12 Major Keys
G Major Scale
G Minor Scale

Melody theory:
Tab – Chord Tone Melody (G)
Tab – G Dominant Arpeggio
Tab – G Major Arpeggio

Guitar fretboard theory:
Fretboard Notes

So, I’ve studied music theory academically and skimmed off the cream to get at the most essential insights – that’s most important because it saves you time!  Furthermore, the downloads above are the same materials I use in private lessons to explain music theory concepts.  Plus, these resources help provide hands on practice and application that will advance any students’ understanding of musical design and construction.

In addition, the  materials linked here are free and available to share (with friends, band members and students – no restrictions!).  If you have any questions, email me :).

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About Author

Will Edwards

I've am a full-time professional musician who has broad teaching experience with guitar & bass students in rock, blues, jazz and many other genres. I've devoted over 24 years to my own well-rounded musical education, focusing on a mastery of all aspects of modern music - from practice routines to ear training; from live performance to composition and music theory. I specialize in bridging the gap between music and technology, focusing on using modern tools to demonstrate all aspects of music. I'm extremely comfortable using web-based tools and mobile devices in education, performance and composition. I even program my own online tools in order to customize my students' learning experience. I currently maintain a full calendar of private one-on-one students. I offer clear, accessible lessons for beginners and experts alike.

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