Have you ever thrown your hands up in frustration trying to understand music theory?
Have you ever found yourself lost and panicking in a solo as you search for the right scale or chord to play?
Many frustrated musicians run into this wall every time they try to take a solo.
From the outside improvising looks easy. You just pick up an instrument, call a tune, and play the music you’re hearing in your head…
However, the moment you try to create a solo yourself or improvise in a difficult key you quickly realize it’s a little more complicated.
So you look in text books, you take lessons, and you sign up for classes. Before you know it your head is overflowing with music theory information, but for some annoying reason it’s not coming out in your solos.
So let’s stop and think about all of this in more practical terms…
How exactly do you turn that music theory in your mind into music on your instrument?
Learning practical music theory
There are two sides to music theory.
On one side is the music theory you learn about in books and school. The construction and building blocks of music, the theory behind scales, chords and tunes, and the flood of musical terminology.
And then there’s the theory that you actually use when you’re performing. The tools you have for navigating chords and progressions, the artistic tools you have for sharing a musical message with the listener.
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