Guitar Music Theory

By Desi Serna

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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Episode Date
Ep48 Twilight Zone | How Does This Song Work?
28:46

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring. I will go over the main sections of the song, and you will get to know the key, chords, progressions, scales, and modes used in the music. If you want to learn how to actually play this song, you can use the information I provide here along with the tablature which can be found online.

 

If you’d like to learn more about music theory for guitar, or maybe back up and fill in gaps in your playing so you can play better at this level, visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Apr 01, 2020
Ep47 Still Got the Blues (For You) | How Does This Song Work?
51:26

In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring "Still Got the Blues (For You)" by Gary Moore.

I’m going to take a look at the general chord progressions and key as well as the scales used for the solos and how the main lead line connects to the chords.

If you’re a student of my Fretboard Theory program and you’ve advanced to Volume II, you’re going to see many of the concepts I teach in the course at play in this song. 

If all this music theory talk goes over your head, visit my GuitarMusicTheory.com website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and I'll recommend a FREE course calibrated to your current level.

Mar 18, 2020
Ep46 The Nature Versus Nurture Debate
01:13:06

Is guitar talent something you’re born with, or is it something you develop through study and practice?

How do you know when you’ve reached your limits?

When should you give up on something?

I answer these questions and discuss how to make the best of your guitar playing in my latest podcast episode.

 

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get on a plan to progressively play and sound better today. 

Mar 11, 2020
Ep45 House of the Rising Sun | How Does This Song Work?
29:43

In this free guitar lesson you get to know how the chords in “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals fit together. This includes a discussion on parallel scales, modal interchange, and voice leading.

I also answer email questions.

🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory and how it relates to familiar songs? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and receive a FREE 6-step lesson series on scales, chords, progressions, modes, composition techniques and more.

Mar 06, 2020
Ep44 What are Sus2 and Sus4 Chords?
44:34

In episode 44 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I explain what sus2 and sus4 chords are and how they get used in familiar songs.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 26, 2020
Ep43 Using Perfect 4th Intervals on IV Chords
39:58

What do the songs “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner, and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses have in common?

 

They all make use of a perfect 4th interval over the IV chord.

 

Why do you need to know this? Because it's a common composition technique used in popular music and it helps you understand why songs often contain notes that are out of key.

 

I explain all the details and play through examples in today's podcast episode. 

 

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 12, 2020
Ep42 How to Put Together a Live Rig For Playing Gigs
01:15:33

What kind of guitar amplifier and effects pedals do you need to play a gig? Should you mic your amp or go direct using a digital amp emulation device? In this free guitar lesson, I tell you what you need to know in order to be prepared for your next live performance.

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Feb 02, 2020
Ep41 Tom Sawyer | How Does This Song Work?
18:29

In this free guitar lesson, I analyze some of the guitar parts heard in the song “Tom Sawyer” by Rush and explain how the parts work.

 

You get to know the song’s music theory including the key, chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, and more.

 

I also discuss guitarist Alex Lifeson’s musical influences and how “Tom Sawyer” borrows ideas from music by The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Cream.

 

What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better?

Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 

Jan 16, 2020
Ep40 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 3 of 3
01:34:05

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In part 3 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer more questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Jan 10, 2020
Ep39 Q&A 12-31-2019 Part 2 of 3
01:04:20

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In part 2 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer more questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Jan 04, 2020
Ep38 Q&A from 12-31-2019 Part 1 of 3
01:03:41

🎸 What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com and click on the answer that best describes you.


In part 1 of 3 in this Q&A video, I answer questions about guitar playing, practicing, gear, music theory, and more.

Dec 31, 2019
Ep37 Jingle Bell Rock | How Does This Song Work?
38:13

In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to play the guitar chords to “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms.

 

You see how the song makes use of jazzy composition techniques such as voice leading, secondary dominants, and diminished passing chords.

 

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Dec 19, 2019
Ep36 Music Intervals (And Why Every Guitarist Needs to Know Them)
39:35

In this free guitar lesson, you are taught music intervals and why it’s so important for guitarists to learn them.

 

Get to know interval shapes and interval names such as 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths.

 

Follow the exercises to become more familiar with identifying intervals on the guitar fretboard and recognizing their sound by ear.

 

This lesson is suitable for guitarists from beginners to intermediate to advanced.

 

Enroll in my FREE Music Theory course

Dec 12, 2019
Ep35 HW Talks Tone Junkie and the Kemper Profiling Amplifier
01:59:25

In episode 35 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk with HW from Tone Junkie. We discuss digital amp technology, the Kemper profiling amp, and how the Tone Junkie company got started.

 

If you would like to learn how to play guitar better, go to the link below, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and receive FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

 

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Dec 05, 2019
Ep34 How to Use a Guitar Looper Pedal
48:40

In this free guitar lesson, you learn how to use a guitar looper pedal.

 

See how to start and stop your loop on time.

 

Get ideas on how to practice and perform music with a looper pedal.

 

What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction CALIBRATED to your current level and discover how to PROGRESSIVELY play and sound better—today—in as little as 33 minutes!

https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Nov 23, 2019
Ep33 In What Key Is Sweet Home Alabama?
24:30

In this free guitar lesson, you take a look at the key to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

You see how some musicians hear the music as being in the key of G while other musicians hear the music as being in the key of D Mixolydian.

You also take a look at the “Sweet Home Alabama” chords, chord progressions, and which scales to use for the guitar solos.

🎸 Visit the website and enroll in my FREE 6-step lesson series, Understand Music Theory and Master the Fretboard.

https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload

Nov 14, 2019
Episode 32- Best Ear Training Exercise For Guitar.mp3
32:11

In this free guitar lesson, you learn why playing songs and studying music theory is the best ear training you can do.

 

Regularly playing music will benefit how you hear music far more than ear training exercises.

 

Get help with MUSIC THEORY and PLAYING SONGS. Enroll in a FREE course at: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=upload 

Nov 07, 2019
Episode 31 "Thank You" Led Zeppelin | How Does This Song Work
36:52

In this installment of How Does This Song Work?, you take a look at the song "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin.

You get to know the music theory behind the song, including the key, why the chords work together, and which scales to use for soloing.

Enroll in a free music theory course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 31, 2019
Episode 30 #1 Best Exercise to Improve Your Guitar Playing
56:37

If you want to get good at playing the guitar, you need to develop the right skills.

Developing the right skills involves increasing your hand strength and finger dexterity.

You also need to improve the coordination between your hands.

Many guitarists look to guitar exercises to develop these skills.

In this free guitar lesson, I explain the best exercise you can do. 

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 25, 2019
Episode 29 "Comfortably Numb" | How Does This Song Work?
56:01

Learn the music theory behind the song “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd.

Understand the keys, chords, and progressions, plus the scales used for the guitar solos.

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 18, 2019
Episode 28 Everything You Need to Know About Guitar Gear
56:26

How to choose the best electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and guitar practice amp so you sound great and make your practice time as effective as possible. 

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 10, 2019
Episode 27: 9 Ways to Become a Better and Happier Guitar Player
31:11

Are you feeling dissatisfied with your guitar playing?

Do you wish you could get better, but you're unsure what to do?

If you'd like to make more progress with your guitar playing plus get more enjoyment out of the experience, here are nine ways to do it.

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Oct 04, 2019
Episode 26: Slow Down Music For Guitar
42:37

Make your guitar learning easier and your practice more productive by slowing down songs, changing the pitch of the music, and looping song sections. 

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Sep 26, 2019
Episode 25: The Importance of Learning Songs
40:21

In this podcast episode, you hear about the benefits of learning songs and how playing songs is the only way to get all aspects of your guitar playing in order so you sound like a real player. 

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Sep 20, 2019
Episode 24: The History of Guitar Music Theory
56:02

How did the Guitar Music Theory podcast get started?

Why did it stop?

Get all the history about Desi Serna, Fretboard Theory and more plus hear what's new and get ready for more episodes. 

Enroll in a FREE video course at GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Sep 12, 2019
Episode 23 New Pentatonic Scale Patterns Video.mp3
43:20

Today’s podcast episode is based on the newly updated Chapter 2 from my Fretboard Theory video series and deals with playing pentatonic scale patterns. This chapter update is also sold separately as a stand-alone course called, Pentatonic Scale Patterns: How to Easily Master the Patterns Used to Play Music’s Most Iconic Guitar Riffs and Solos. The audio you hear in today’s podcast is a collection of excerpts pulled directly from the video. If you would like to view the actual video lesson along with its added resources including pentatonic song lists, backing tracks, and tabs, go to: http://www.guitar-music-theory.com/pentatonic/

Mar 09, 2018
Episode 22 Guitar Picking Mechanics
44:41

In this free guitar lesson, you receive an overview of the book and video course, Guitar Picking Mechanics. This instruction features techniques and exercises for increasing your picking accuracy, speed, and comfort. Get equipped to play popular styles of music more proficiently so you can become a better and more confident guitarist. View the full course at: http://GuitarMusicTheory.com/pick

Jan 16, 2018
Episode 21 Playing Pedal Point and Pedal Tones
19:18

In this free guitar lesson you learn how play pedal points and pedal tones. Pedal points can add new chord tones to basic chord changes. This technique can help make a harmonically richer sound and musical texture. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 20 Using Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns For Improvisation
39:09

In this free guitar lesson you learn how harmonic minor scale patterns are used in improvisation. This includes a review of building the harmonic minor scale, using pentatonic lead patterns in harmonic minor, and outlining V7 chords with arpeggios. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 19 Chord Tone Soloing and Outlining Chord Progressions
47:46

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use chord tone soloing to connect scales more closely to their related chords, and outline particular chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 18 Lead Patterns with Major Scales and Modes
58:25

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use pentatonic lead patterns for playing major scales and modes. You learn how the pentatonic scale relates to the major scale. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 17 Pentatonic Lead Patterns
35:51

In this free guitar lesson you learn that when it comes to using the pentatonic scale, it's not necessary to utilize every position or every part of every pattern. Most guitar players, including some of the most famous ones, favor only a few particular sections of these different patterns that work well together. When viewed together, these sections are sometimes called “lead patterns”. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 16 Chromatic Passing Chords Diminished and Augmented
42:38

In this free guitar lesson you learn how the spaces between chords are filled with passing chords. This includes a discussion on chromatic passing chords, diminished chords and augmented chords. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 15 Key Changes Borrowed Chords and Circle of Fifths
57:18

In this free guitar lesson you look at several related topics including: modulation, key changes, modal interchange, borrowed chords, and the circle of fifths. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 14 Dominant Function and Harmonic Minor Chord Progressions
49:16

In this free guitar lesson you learn about dominant function and using dominant seventh chords. This includes instruction on secondary dominants, voice leading and harmonic minor chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 13 Scale Formulas and Renumbering Chord Progressions
39:49

In this free guitar lesson you take a look at the interval structure of the different modes of the major scale and how musicians would number chord progressions that are modal. This involves naming the tonic pitch in a mode “1” and then numbering its other pitches from there with consideration given to any change in interval structure like sharp and flat degrees. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 12 What Is the Key of a Song?
42:10

This free guitar lesson answers the question "What is the key of a song?" You learn about tonic pitches, relative major and minor, modes and key signatures. You see that the key of a song doesn't always reflect the true parent major scale and it's up to you to go beyond the basic details and sort out the other components at play. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 11 Interview with Guitarist and Singer Songwriter Joe Robinson
01:03:07

Australian guitarist and singer/songwriter Joe Robinson discusses his musical background, style and perspectives on music theory and guitar playing. Includes samples of his songs and recorded albums plus live playing and improvisations. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 10 Blues Guitar Scales Chords Progressions and Theory
48:29

In this free guitar lesson you learn about blues guitar theory including blues chords and blues progressions. You also hear examples of how blues guitarists mix major and minor pentatonic scale patterns and use Mixolydian mode. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 09 Playing Chords with Added Chord Tones and Extensions
41:43

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to add chord tones and extensions to chords including major and minor seventh chords. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 08 Playing Music Intervals On Guitar
39:31

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to play intervals such as thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and sevenths. You get to hear what it sounds like to play harmonized guitar parts based on these intervals. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 07 Music Modes and Playing Modal Guitar Scales
28:07

Learn the music theory behind guitar modes and hear how they're used in popular music. Play modal scales including Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 06 Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers For Guitar
42:31

In this free guitar lesson you learn how to build triads and chords with the major scale, and how these chords are used to play chord progressions and play by numbers. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 05 How to Learn Major Scale Patterns and Play Major Scale Songs
01:02:42

This lesson teaches how guitar players learn major scale patterns on the fretboard and how these patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, lead guitar solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 04 Using Guitar CAGED Chord Forms to Play Arpeggios and Chord Inversions
43:06

This free lesson focuses on how guitar players use the CAGED system to play various chord shapes, chord voicings, chord inversions, and arpeggio patterns. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 03 How to Learn Pentatonic Scale Patterns and Play Pentatonic Songs
43:45

How to learn one of the most commonly used scales on guitar, the pentatonic scale. The five pentatonic scale patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 02 Learn the Notes On the Guitar Fretboard
01:01:13

Guitar players typically use the sixth and fifth strings to keep track of notes and keys while playing chords, scales, and progressions on the fretboard. For this reason, it’s important to memorize the notes along these strings, which is the focus of this podcast episode. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.

Dec 13, 2017
Episode 01 What is Guitar Theory?
24:57

In this free guitar lesson, you get an introduction to applying music theory to the guitar fretboard. You learn how knowledge of scales, chords, and progressions can help you understand music and become a better player. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com and author of Fretboard Theory.

Dec 13, 2017