In Part 1 of The Only Theory Lesson You’ll Ever Need, we covered the foundational elements of music theory: the musical alphabet, the concept of whole steps and half steps, and the use of accidentals (sharps and flats) to fill in the blanks between natural notes.
In Part 2, we used that information to take the next step forward: constructing major scales and understanding keys.
Here in Part 3, we’ll take the final step and use our knowledge of major scales to harmonize them with chords.
This is where music theory really starts to come alive because it gives the musician insight into why certain chords work together to form complementary sounds. You can use this knowledge to empower you to learn songs by ear or to write your own songs. You can also use this knowledge for transposing to other keys, which is essential when applying capo strategies. Rock and roll! Continue reading “The Only Theory Lesson You’ll Ever Need, Part 3” »