Up until now you didn’t really need music theory at any depth, you just learn some chords, play some songs.
Should you have played blues solos using the minor pentatonic you haven’t really needed theory either, actually, at that stage it won’t really help at all!
Blues based guitar music is theoretically very complicated, it breaks all kinds of rules all the time, so trying to fuse theory with blues solos isn’t going to sell the concept of music theory to the aspiring student very well.
However, if you start playing with arpeggios and modes, need to change key for a song last minute, read a chart, explain a musical concept to a musician that doesn’t play guitar, anything like that, an understanding of music theory suddenly become vital.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at normal music theory, the stave and how all this works.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even start reading and writing music on the stave yourself!
Music Theory on the stave
There are many basic rules in music theory that become more clear from seeing it on the stave.
Most of these rules get pretty advanced in practice so it is often a case of you ending up knowing a lot more about music theory than what you can execute on the guitar.
This doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, it might even be good to put your mind at rest now, you could learn how to play it all as you go through songs and scale exercises further down the line.
To start understanding how music work you need to first understand a few basics, like: How many notes there are in an octave; 7, 8 or 12?
Dan (your guitar guru)