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Offline Lincon

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How do you study music theory?
« on: May 01, 2019, 11:41:00 am »
Hello everyone,,
I find whenever I want to study music theory I just end up watching YouTube videos or reading articles, which helps and is interesting but the information doesn't seem to stick. Should I be working through books? Or should I be making notes on the videos and articles I see? Or both? How do you guys study music theory efficiently?


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Re: How do you study music theory?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 12:51:38 pm »
Well, given this is a forum associated with Justin's teaching site, the obvious answer is to follow Justin's Practical Music Theory course.

https://www.justinguitar.com/categories/practical-music-theory

I've not, personally, got around to starting his new course, but I hear good things about it and it's based on his early Practical Music Theory PDF, which was an excellent resource.

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Re: How do you study music theory?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2019, 02:35:32 pm »
I agree with Majik's recommendation.

I have started the PMT course (I already had the .pdf version) and it is very good indeed.

I like it because I can work on it at my own pace when I have time. Time is something I'm short off at the moment so if anyone can give me the magic formula to "make time" I'd be eternally grateful!

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Re: How do you study music theory?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2019, 10:57:34 am »
In addition to adding in my personal endorsement of Justin's Theory Course, I have to add the general learning guideline:

You do not learn by watching videos and reading articles.
You learn by doing.

You learn to play guitar by playing guitar.
You learn to understand theory by working out / writing down / using and applying theory.

Start at the beginning of PMT and write stuff down when it is recommended.

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Re: How do you study music theory?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2019, 07:19:50 pm »
Try to learn the fretboard first.
It will stand you in good stead for learning theory

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