Learning basic music theory can really help you understand how the guitar functions and open up a whole new world of possibilities in your playing. You don’t need to know music theory to be a great guitar player but it really does help. Anyone who says music theory hinders your creativity in my opinion is completely wrong! Having the ability to analyse a piece of music and understand what is going on can only open up more possibilities. 

UP a Semitone or Half Step = 1 fret 

UP a Tone or Whole Step = 2 frets 

Check out the table below the video explaining the 12 notes on the guitar. These just repeat in octaves! (All explained in the video as well!)

Written by Karl Golden

Written by Karl Golden



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