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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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In this free guitar lesson, I answer email questions regarding learning pentatonic scale patterns, playing country guitar solos, identifying roots and modes, practicing picking exercises, and changing scales over chords.   🎸 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.
In episode 73 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk with Your Guitar Sage, Erich Andreas. We talk about how we got started teaching guitar online and what made Eddie Van Halen so great.   🎸 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.
Should guitar players learn how to read music? In this free guitar lesson, I discuss the pros and cons of reading standard musical notation. I talk about where your time might be better spent and how professional guitarists use their sight-reading skills.   🎸 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.
In this free guitar lesson, I explain what chord inversions, chord voicings, and drop 2 chords are. I demonstrate how you can add variety to your playing with different chord shapes, and how these chord forms are used in familiar guitar songs. I make use of the CAGED chord system as taught in my course Fretboard Theory Chapter 3.    🎸 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.
In this free guitar lesson, I explain to you that it’s not necessary to use all five pentatonic scale patterns. Most players have particular patterns and portions of patterns they favor and use most of the time. I’m going to show you why players do this and why you should do it too.   🎸 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.
In this free guitar lesson, I demonstrate part of the instrumental track, “Eruption,” that is featured on the very first Van Halen record and performed by Eddie Van Halen. I explain how the finger tapping technique works, how the tapping uses arpeggios, and how those arpeggios create a chord progression that features modal interchange and harmonic minor. I also discuss how I dial in an Eruption tone and my reverb, delay, and phaser settings.   🎸 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.   #eruption #vanhalen #eddievanhalen   GEAR PRS DGT Seymour Duncan APH1 pickups Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Interview with Fretboard Theory student Fabio Marraccini from the Where Music Meets Technology podcast. We talk music theory, modes, rock music, and more.   🎸 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.
In this free guitar lesson, I have tips for small-handed and short-fingered guitars. If you struggle to play guitar because you have little hands or stubby fingers, these tips will help you eliminate most of your problems. The four things I’m going to talk about include:   What is the ideal hand size to play guitar? Which guitars are best for small-handed players? How should small-handed players hold their guitar? What can small-handed players do differently on the fretboard?   🎸 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.
Interview with two special guests, Kory Brunson and Jason Wyatt from Nashville Artist Development University (NADU). https://naduniversity.com/   We talk about what it takes to become a successful music artist and how their program is putting many musicians on the fastback to living their dreams. If you’ve ever wondered how the music industry works, you’re going to find this discussion interesting.   🎸 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.
In Episode 65 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I answer questions about keeping time, using modes over chords, teaching children, playing what you hear, small hands, and more.   🎸 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.
In episode 64 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I talk with Carrie Underwood guitarist Matt Reviere. I ask him what it’s like being part of such a big live show, which pieces of gear he uses, and how he prepares for his performances.   🎸 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.
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B. King. You get to know this song’s key, chords, and chord progression, as well as the different ways you can approach the solo.   🎸 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.
In this free guitar lesson, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring “Your Love” by The Outfield. You get to know this song’s key, chords, and chord progression, as well as its use of pedal tones.   🎸 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.
In my latest podcast episode, I explain the difference between the major and minor pentatonic scales. You get to know how the two different tonalities are applied to music by listening to examples from Tom Petty and The Beatles.   🎸 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.
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
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Comments (17)

M Morr

yes the person with small hands can get a mini guitar the frets are closer together. It is designed for kids and people with small hands. it is a thing and something people with small hands needs to look into. they are pro guitars and awesome. again...it is a mini scale, scale is about 22.5 and they come in 24 frets.

Sep 17th
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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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