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--- Mar 24 1999 Go to category
Subject: Music Theory
Category: General Questions
From: Mark G. (sf,ca)

My question is concerning music theory any suggestions as to approaching this massive subject from the point of say an "intermediate" level guitar player. Guess this depends on the musical road I am on, but from your perspective what are the crucial fundamentals? I thjink I know a fair amount of "stuff" already but it is sort of fragmented and sometimes confusing, I don't think I have yet to see the big picture, though maybe I wouldnt know it if it was staring me in the face.

Pat’s Answer:

it is hard for me to break it down into separate departments. as i said in an earlier response, it is just like a language. i suppose that if you go to a foreign country with a phrase book you might be able to order breakfast and do a few things using your book, but you would not really know how to speak the language. so it is hard for me to know what theory "phrases" would be useful to you to semi-navigate thru the world of music. the sort of "fragmented" feeling that you have is pretty much a normal stop on the road to real learning i think - i think you should just keep filling in the blanks as much as you can and eventually you will see the big picture. i guess i would say that there is ultimately nothing you could get in a shorthand-y kind of way that would do you too much good.