100 episodes

This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Guitar Music Theory Desi Serna

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    • 4.7 • 680 Ratings

This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

    Ep107 Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar

    Ep107 Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar

    VIEW BEGINNER GUITAR PRIMER HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0941VSZYZ
    Today, I want to talk about my latest book, Beginner Guitar Primer: Everything You Should Know BEFORE You Begin to Play Guitar.
    There are a lot of guitar books available to teach you the basics of playing guitar, but there aren’t many to explain what the process is like and how you should get prepared to take your first steps.
    This is where my book comes in. It’s not a beginner guitar method. Instead, I talk about what you can expect during the learning process, how to get in the right state of mind, and what you need to know about the guitar’s role in music. I also explain how to select the best gear to start with, whether or not you should begin on an acoustic or electric guitar, and whether or not you should read music.
    People often dive straight into playing guitar without knowing enough about what they’re getting into. As a result, they make mistakes, get confused and frustrated. This hurts their progress and can even cause them to quit. I wrote Beginner Guitar Primer so that newcomers can avoid these mistakes and get on the right track right out of the gate.
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    FREE VIDEO COURSE
    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
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    TODAY'S GUITAR
    PRS P20 Parlor Acoustic Guitar https://prsguitars.com/acoustics/se_p20_2021

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep106 Fretboard Theory Student Composes Music in GarageBand

    Ep106 Fretboard Theory Student Composes Music in GarageBand

    In episode 106 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, Fretboard Theory student, Stephen Brutscher, talks about how he used what he learned about music composition to record his own instrumental guitar tracks using GarageBand for Mac. Check out his album, Doomed Paradise by Ghost Knives, here: https://ghostknives.hearnow.com/
    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep105 Under the Bridge - How Does This Song Work?

    Ep105 Under the Bridge - How Does This Song Work?

    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
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    "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers features chords that don't seem to fit together in any one key. In this lesson, I show you how guitarist John Frusciante makes use of pedal tones and modal interchange (also called modal mixture or borrowed chords) to compose this 90s classic. I break down the intro, verse, chorus, and bridge and explain the music theory behind the chord progressions.
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    OTHER VIDEOS
    https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/under-the-bridge-chords-and-tab/
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    GEAR
    Bluesman Vintage Guitars Sedan (Stratocaster-type guitar)
    Kemper Profiling Amplifier
    Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack

    • 45 min
    Ep104 Q&A Speed - CAGED Arpeggios - Guitar Soloing - Kemper Profiling Amplifier - Hosa Cables - Using a Pick - Transposing a Song

    Ep104 Q&A Speed - CAGED Arpeggios - Guitar Soloing - Kemper Profiling Amplifier - Hosa Cables - Using a Pick - Transposing a Song

    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
    Have a question or comment to submit? Go here: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/contact/
    Want to connect for a private online lesson? Book here: https://desiserna.as.me/schedule.php
    Ready for my Fretboard Theory video course? Enroll here: https://guitarmusictheory.teachable.com/p/fretboard-theory/
    Looking for Guitar Picking Mechanics? Enroll here: https://guitarmusictheory.teachable.com/p/guitar-picking-mechanics-video

    • 57 min
    Ep103 Single-coil and Humbucker Guitar Pickups Tone Test

    Ep103 Single-coil and Humbucker Guitar Pickups Tone Test

    Can you hear the difference between a single-coil guitar pickup and a humbucker? Test your ear by listening to my blind samples played in the style of familiar songs. You should notice that the lower output single-coil pickups sound thinner, brighter, and with less depth but more clarity. The higher output humbuckers sound thicker with more midrange, depth, and sustain. The twangy, snappy sound of single-coil pickups typically work better for clean tones and when light to moderate overdrive is in use. Humbucking pickups typically work better for higher gain tones. Humbuckers are actually two single-coils wired together. Humbuckers get their name because they cancel the 60-cycle hum that can be an issue with single-coil pickups in some settings where electronic interference is present. All these sound samples are played through a Kemper Profiling Amplifier using profiles from Tone Junkie and Top Jimi. I used the same settings for both guitars in each example. What are your favorite tones? Let me know in the comments!
    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
    GEAR
    Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster (hardware, pickups, and wiring upgrades by Bluesman Vintage Guitars)
    PRS McCarty 594 (Seymour Duncan SH-1 59 pickups)
    Kemper Profiling Amplifier
    Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack (1968 Super Lead)
    Tone Junkie PLEXI SL KEMPER PROFILE PACK (1971 Marshall Super Lead 1959SL)
    Tone Junkie TWEED DELUXE KEMPER PROFILE PACK (Fender Tweed Deluxe)
    Tone Junkie 67 PRO VERB KEMPER PROFILE PACK (Fender Pro Reverb)

    • 24 min
    Ep102 All Right Now | How Does This Song Work?

    Ep102 All Right Now | How Does This Song Work?

    In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring "All Right Now" by Free. I examine this song's music theory by taking a look at the key, chords, progression, mode, and the different types of scales used in the guitar solo. You see how this song fits into the A Mixolydian mode and makes use of both the major pentatonic scale and the minor pentatonic scale.
    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playing and get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level.
    GEAR
    PRS McCarty 594
    Seymour Duncan SH-1 59 pickups
    Kemper Profiling Amplifier
    Top Jimi '68 Sup Ld Profile Pack

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
680 Ratings

680 Ratings

CaptnDavid ,

Outstanding

Desi is a gifted teacher. His podcasts offer generous lessons about theory, technique, equipment, the music industry and much more. And his video packages are well worth your money and time. You will not be disappointed.

IuseBCasmyinitials ,

E2 - Learn the notes on the fretboard

Very thorough lesson! Great job!

bobby2late ,

This podcast slaps hard af.

Thank you so much for your time. I will buy a book. I do dislike the happy original intro but thats cause im a curmudgeon.

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