In my series, The Only Theory Lesson You’ll Ever Need, I covered what I consider to be the absolute, must-know info about music theory. All the good stuff, none of the fluff.
In Part 1, we hit all the fundamentals, such as the musical alphabet, whole-step and half-step intervals, and accidentals. In Part 2, we took that information and used it to construct major scales and understand keys. Finally, in Part 3, we learned to harmonize those same major scales with chords. Armed with this information you could rule the world, or at least your garage band.
Seriously though, if you only knew that much, you’d know more than most guitarists and be able to understand the nuts and bolts of music at a much more satisfactory (to yourself) level.
But the shiny, happy do-re-mi of the major scale is not all there is to music – just ask Yngwie. Sometimes you need a tune that’s moody, dark, sad, even eerie. Those moments require a heaping dose of the minor scale. Continue reading “From Major to Minor” »