Guitar Music Theory
By Desi Serna
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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons that teach music theory for guitar. Listeners learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. This includes a focus on compositional and improvisational techniques used in popular styles of music. The lessons are geared toward intermediate level players on up and can be followed on either an acoustic or electric guitar. Bass players can learn a lot from the instruction too. It is recommended that you begin with the first episode titled, What Is Guitar Theory, and then follow the lessons in order from there. The lessons are taught by Desi Serna who is the author of several instructional guitar books and videos including Fretboard Theory, Guitar Picking Mechanics, and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Join the email list at GuitarMusicTheory.com to connect with Desi, receive free guitar lessons, and learn more about Desi’s books and videos.
||CleanEpisode 23 New Pentatonic Scale Patterns Video.mp3||How to Easily Master the Patterns Used to Play Music’s Most Iconic Guitar Riffs and Solos||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 Guitar Picking Mechanics||Techniques & Exercises for Increasing Your Accuracy, Speed, & Comfort||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 Playing Pedal Point and Pedal Tones||In this free guitar lesson you learn how play pedal points and pedal tones. Pedal points can add new chord tones to basic chord changes. This technique can help make a harmonically richer sound and musical texture. Taught by Desi Serna of...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 Using Harmonic Minor Scale Patterns For Improvisation||In this free guitar lesson you learn how harmonic minor scale patterns are used in improvisation. This includes a review of building the harmonic minor scale, using pentatonic lead patterns in harmonic minor, and outlining V7 chords with arpeggios....||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 Chord Tone Soloing and Outlining Chord Progressions||In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use chord tone soloing to connect scales more closely to their related chords, and outline particular chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 Lead Patterns with Major Scales and Modes||In this free guitar lesson you learn how to use pentatonic lead patterns for playing major scales and modes. You learn how the pentatonic scale relates to the major scale. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 Pentatonic Lead Patterns||In this free guitar lesson you learn that when it comes to using the pentatonic scale, it's not necessary to utilize every position or every part of every pattern. Most guitar players, including some of the most famous ones, favor only a few...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 Chromatic Passing Chords Diminished and Augmented||In this free guitar lesson you learn how the spaces between chords are filled with passing chords. This includes a discussion on chromatic passing chords, diminished chords and augmented chords. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 Key Changes Borrowed Chords and Circle of Fifths||In this free guitar lesson you look at several related topics including: modulation, key changes, modal interchange, borrowed chords, and the circle of fifths. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 Dominant Function and Harmonic Minor Chord Progressions||In this free guitar lesson you learn about dominant function and using dominant seventh chords. This includes instruction on secondary dominants, voice leading and harmonic minor chord progressions. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 Scale Formulas and Renumbering Chord Progressions||In this free guitar lesson you take a look at the interval structure of the different modes of the major scale and how musicians would number chord progressions that are modal. This involves naming the tonic pitch in a mode “1” and then numbering...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 What Is the Key of a Song?||This free guitar lesson answers the question "What is the key of a song?" You learn about tonic pitches, relative major and minor, modes and key signatures. You see that the key of a song doesn't always reflect the true parent major scale and it's up...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 Interview with Guitarist and Singer Songwriter Joe Robinson||Australian guitarist and singer/songwriter Joe Robinson discusses his musical background, style and perspectives on music theory and guitar playing. Includes samples of his songs and recorded albums plus live playing and improvisations. Taught by Desi..||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 Blues Guitar Scales Chords Progressions and Theory||In this free guitar lesson you learn about blues guitar theory including blues chords and blues progressions. You also hear examples of how blues guitarists mix major and minor pentatonic scale patterns and use Mixolydian mode. Taught by Desi Serna of..||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 09 Playing Chords with Added Chord Tones and Extensions||In this free guitar lesson you learn how to add chord tones and extensions to chords including major and minor seventh chords. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 08 Playing Music Intervals On Guitar||In this free guitar lesson you learn how to play intervals such as thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, and sevenths. You get to hear what it sounds like to play harmonized guitar parts based on these intervals. Taught by Desi Serna of...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 07 Music Modes and Playing Modal Guitar Scales||Learn the music theory behind guitar modes and hear how they're used in popular music. Play modal scales including Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 06 Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers For Guitar||In this free guitar lesson you learn how to build triads and chords with the major scale, and how these chords are used to play chord progressions and play by numbers. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 05 How to Learn Major Scale Patterns and Play Major Scale Songs||This lesson teaches how guitar players learn major scale patterns on the fretboard and how these patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, lead guitar solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 04 Using Guitar CAGED Chord Forms to Play Arpeggios and Chord Inversions||This free lesson focuses on how guitar players use the CAGED system to play various chord shapes, chord voicings, chord inversions, and arpeggio patterns. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 03 How to Learn Pentatonic Scale Patterns and Play Pentatonic Songs||How to learn one of the most commonly used scales on guitar, the pentatonic scale. The five pentatonic scale patterns are used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines. Taught by Desi Serna of http://GuitarMusicTheory.com.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 02 Learn the Notes On the Guitar Fretboard||Guitar players typically use the sixth and fifth strings to keep track of notes and keys while playing chords, scales, and progressions on the fretboard. For this reason, it’s important to memorize the notes along these strings, which is the focus...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 01 What is Guitar Theory?||An introduction to applying music theory to the guitar fretboard.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A new approach
I’ve played since 1980 and studied classical in college and taught. I doubted I would learn anything new but was looking for a new perspective on learning...
starting with throwing out the old school high E string traditions and focusing on visual patterns from the get go intrigued me and I am integrating some of his advice into my outdated practice methods... teaching an old dog new tricks!
Learning so much...
I am an intermediate-level guitar player who has been playing my whole life. Desi Serna’s approach has really helped me unlock a lot of conceptual doors and I have come back and listened to most of these episodes multiple times. Highly recommended!
Grab your guitar!
I cannot say enough about how impactful Desi’s GMT podcasts have been to my understanding,proficiency and enjoyment of the guitar. This is after playing for 30+ years.
While I’m certain that everyone learns differently, Desi’s audio explanations with guitar in hand has far and above clicked with me moreso than any previous instructors, books, magazines etc, in fact it has better opened the door to these tools.
Give it a try and see.
Desi, I promise to buy some of your material, the podcasts alone have fueled my playing for the past two years. Great job, keep it coming, and feel free to pick my brain for future topics..