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Author: Desi Serna

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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!
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Struggling to play guitar solos? Do your lead lines sound like you’re just playing up and down scales? Improve your soloing skills by learning my Top 10 Guitar Solos You Should Learn.   Need help getting your playing skills in order? Visit my website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. I’ll get you on the right track so you can fill gaps in your playing and reach your guitar soloing goals. https://GuitarMusicTheory.com   #guitarsolo #howtoguitarsolo #top10guitarsolos
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry. Get to know the key, chords, and scales used in this song.    🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, you learn how to play over the song “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams using the chord tone soloing technique. You also learn how to play a solo by moving horizontally on one string.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions and I also talk about playing the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I answer emails questions about music theory, the number system, playing over complex chord changes, creating backing tracks, and more.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty. You get to know how this song makes use of the blues scale, added chord tones, and modal interchange. I also answer a few email questions.   🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes. You get to know how this song uses a blues-influenced composition technique that involves mixing major and minor tonalities.  🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions regarding the Kemper Profiling Amplifier, mode intervals, tapping into your creative genius, my PRS DGT guitar, and more.  🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
Ep52 Blues is Not 145

Ep52 Blues is Not 145

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In this free guitar lesson, I explain why a blues chord progression is not 1-4-5, technically. Blues is actually 5-5-5 and makes use of dominant 7th chords, Mixolydian mode, and dominant scales. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 👉 https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload #blues #bluesguitar #12barblues blues, blues guitar, blues chords, blues progression, 12 bar blues, Mixolydian mode, dominant scale, dominant 7 chords, music theory
In this free guitar lesson, I explain what a "1 4 5" chord progression is and play some examples to help you train your ear. I also answer email questions.  🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory for guitar and how it relates to popular songs? Visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Ramblin’ Man” by The Allman Brothers Band. You get to know important details about the song’s composition including the key, scales, modes, chords, and progression. 🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory for guitar and how it relates to popular songs? Visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get to know how “Ramblin’ Man” and similar songs work so you can improvise and compose music like a pro. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I show you how to play the chords to “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. I focus on the song’s introduction. You play the same chord voicings played by the pianos on the recording. This requires a bit of fancy finger work that is best suited for guitar players who are beyond the beginning stage. 🎸 Get FREE guitar instruction to help you move beyond the basics and understand music theory. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring. I will go over the main sections of the song, and you will get to know the key, chords, progressions, scales, and modes used in the music. If you want to learn how to actually play this song, you can use the information I provide here along with the tablature which can be found online.   If you’d like to learn more about music theory for guitar, or maybe back up and fill in gaps in your playing so you can play better at this level, visit my website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and I’ll send you FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Go to: https://www.guitarmusictheory.com/play-better-guitar/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=episode&utm_campaign=upload
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work? featuring "Still Got the Blues (For You)" by Gary Moore. I’m going to take a look at the general chord progressions and key as well as the scales used for the solos and how the main lead line connects to the chords. If you’re a student of my Fretboard Theory program and you’ve advanced to Volume II, you’re going to see many of the concepts I teach in the course at play in this song.  If all this music theory talk goes over your head, visit my GuitarMusicTheory.com website, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and I'll recommend a FREE course calibrated to your current level.
Is guitar talent something you’re born with, or is it something you develop through study and practice? How do you know when you’ve reached your limits? When should you give up on something? I answer these questions and discuss how to make the best of your guitar playing in my latest podcast episode.   What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Get on a plan to progressively play and sound better today. 
In this free guitar lesson you get to know how the chords in “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals fit together. This includes a discussion on parallel scales, modal interchange, and voice leading. I also answer email questions. 🎸 Would you like to learn more about music theory and how it relates to familiar songs? Visit GuitarMusicTheory.com, answer the questions I ask you about your playing, and receive a FREE 6-step lesson series on scales, chords, progressions, modes, composition techniques and more.
In episode 44 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I explain what sus2 and sus4 chords are and how they get used in familiar songs. What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 
What do the songs “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner, and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses have in common?   They all make use of a perfect 4th interval over the IV chord.   Why do you need to know this? Because it's a common composition technique used in popular music and it helps you understand why songs often contain notes that are out of key.   I explain all the details and play through examples in today's podcast episode.    What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 
What kind of guitar amplifier and effects pedals do you need to play a gig? Should you mic your amp or go direct using a digital amp emulation device? In this free guitar lesson, I tell you what you need to know in order to be prepared for your next live performance. What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 
In this free guitar lesson, I analyze some of the guitar parts heard in the song “Tom Sawyer” by Rush and explain how the parts work.   You get to know the song’s music theory including the key, chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, and more.   I also discuss guitarist Alex Lifeson’s musical influences and how “Tom Sawyer” borrows ideas from music by The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Cream.   What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website and click on the answer that best describes you. Get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. 
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Comments (16)

M Morr

this was an amazing lecture. thank you. just what I needed to hear.hekps me with align my music goals... applies to a career crisis as well

Jul 13th
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M Morr

hi Desi. I gave up guitar in 2016 because I had terrible swelling in hands and joints. including thumb. I finally got it sorted. not arthritic. it was finger tenosynovitis ( trigger finger) from years of computing, driving and guitar. I now do hand therapy, take Meloxicam ( not for everyone) and apply diclofenac sodium cream. I don't like meds but I can play now!!! it was so bad that I would not be able to play. now ok. many musicians get it ... some know what it is, some never figure out what it is. some are plain arthritis. saw an article recently about a musician that has this..and has to resort to singing when the flare up happens.

Jul 13th
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M Morr

pretty interesting. I thought learning music through podcast? to my surprise I am learning a ton. so cool and thanks all the hard work you are doing. I am growing.

Jul 11th
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Non Ficsean

we're what, 3 questions in? and all I keep hearimg about is your courses. why did you bother with a Q&A? shameless man

Jun 23rd
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Non Ficsean

sounds like a commercial not a Q&A

Jun 23rd
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Preston Heath

I was worried that I wouldnt be able to follow you without a visual medium, but you explain it in such an accessible way. Thank you so much!

Apr 7th
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Alarick Mueller

this is sooooo helpful

Mar 26th
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Kalvin Clauer

like this podcast but this episode was disappointing. only played 2 modes and I have no idea how they work. obviously you dont just play one chord for a whole song. what about the song causes it to center around a given chord creating a mode? can you do another explanation?

Mar 17th
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kevin ryan

Great podcast been trying to learn this in work the audio actually helps as opposed to video because you have to imagine the fretboard in your head which mikes the content more memorable.

Feb 14th
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Jim Watts

Great content! This is a wonderful resource.

Oct 31st
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Vipin Sharma

nice

May 14th
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Jeremy Pierce-Sunia

is this over?! new episodes please!! you're a great teacher.

Jun 6th
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Josh Thomason

legit... wished their was more

Dec 9th
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Brandon Cousino

I can't get these to download or stream.

Dec 4th
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George Kerr

1st podcast was informative and well done.

Nov 18th
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Aquino Conoz

como puedo buscar musica cristianas

Oct 27th
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