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Home : Theory and Patterns
The articles in this section cover topics which provide insight into how the guitar "works".  Every topic that makes up traditional music theory is covered:  how intervals, scales, chords, chord progressions and other harmonic structures are labeled and found on the fretboard, how chords and scales fit together to create music, etc.  But these articles go a bit farther than traditional theory courses.  They cover the many different approaches that guitarists use to find and visualize useful fingerings and fretboard patterns that make the fretboard make sense in ways that are found in real music.  The purpose of studying these topics is to truly understand the instrument and music in general, so that you can easily understand, analyze and reuse music that others play, to be able to compose, improvise, and otherwise make new music on your own in endlessly creative ways.   Once you've learned the basic common technical skills needed to play guitar:  common chords shapes, strumming patterns, picking techniques, and all the basic movements and physical skills (hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, bars), common fundamental pentatonic licks, etc., understanding these topics should be the main focus of your study.  Really understanding harmony and how fretboard fingering patterns combine with technique, rhythm, tone, instrumental arrangement and texture, etc., to produce interesting music, is the ultimate goal of every guitarist.

These topics are meant to be practiced, in ways that are just as concrete as learning songs to build fundamental technical ability.  Reading the topics is not enough.  You'll find concrete examples of patterns to practice to ingrain your understanding of all these topics.  Each topic can potentially take weeks, months, or years to fully learn, even if you practice hours a day.  There is an unlimited volume of material to learn here - enough to keep you occupied for several lifetimes - and enough to create unlimited variations of interesting music for several lifetimes.  Read through everything.  Focus on the topics that are most useful to you.  Study and practice the topics that provide the most immediately useful and interesting musical results.  Practice and ingrain those topics.  When you want a fresh new perspective, and a new approach to playing which yields new sounds, come back and study a new topic in depth.  You'll find constant inspiration by delving into each new topic, moving your fingers in new ways, and discovering new sounds.

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