Written by Jaron Lewis
Whether you attend music lessons or you are self-taught, there are certain things that every musician should learn. The best way to learn music theory is to regularly work on music theory exercises. A bit like keeping your brain sharp by doing crossword puzzles. Even basic music theory guitar can make a difference to your playing.
If you’ve ever thought that music theory didn’t make much sense, it’s probably because everyone seems to use a different system. Think of music as a language, it is made up of parts and those parts have smaller parts. Much like a sentence is made up of words, which are made up of letters. To understand how to make a whole sentence, you must first learn the alphabet and how to put those letters into words. That’s exactly how music works.
Learning and understanding basic music theory is necessary to effectively communicating with fellow musicians. That goes for jamming, playing on a stage, or writing a song- you need to know how to talk about what you’re doing. Luckily, it’s pretty easy.