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Music Theory Without The Tears…

The Simplest Way To Learn Music Theory…

If you play guitar and want to write music, you need to learn music theory – not all of it, just the basics. That’s all you need to pen classic, iconic-sounding compositions and songs. And I will show you everything you need to know…


chris horton

I’ve played guitar for 20+ years, been signed to a major record label, toured the world, and worked in studios in LA and Atlanta. These guides are ALL you need to get the basics of music theory DOWN… 

— Chris Horton, ELECTRIKJAM

Music Theory Myth Bustin’

You don’t need to a professor, but you do need a basic understanding of music theory to get on

Many pros don’t know theory? True. But they DO know the basics, just not super advanced stuff.

Music theory is hard? False. The basics are actually really simple and intuitive to understand

It doesn’t take long to learn; you can learn the basics in a few days, less if you’re more experienced

Music theory will save you hours of time over the next 10 years – trust me!

Don’t Hate On The Theory

Music Theory For Guitarists The Basics

Why All Guitarists Need To Learn Some Basic Music Theory

Music theory sounds boring. I get it. But once you tap into the basics, it’ll open up an entire universe of new ideas for your music…

Improve Your Composition Skills

Understanding music theory helps guitarists create more complex and interesting original songs.

You’ll Be Better At Playing With Other Musicians

Music theory provides a common language for discussing and collaborating on music.

10x Your Improvisation Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of scales and chord structures allows for more creative and coherent solos.

Learn New Songs & Techniques Faster

Recognizing patterns and structures in music makes it easier to pick up new material quickly.

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Basic Music Theory For Guitarists

I’ve played guitar for 20+ years, the articles below are essentially everything I know about music theory – start with what catches your eye, work through the instructions, and apply it to your playing.

  • Guitar Chord Progressions 101: A Complete Beginner’s Guide…

    Guitar Chord Progressions 101: A Complete Beginner’s Guide…

    Today, you will become a better guitarist and song writer. How? Simple: you’re going to learn the basics of what makes songs sound great: chord progressions All the best songwriters KNOW what chords go together and in what order. Sure, they have other things going for them too, things like natural talent and good looks,…

  • 49 Beautiful Chord Progressions For Guitar – No Theory Required!

    49 Beautiful Chord Progressions For Guitar – No Theory Required!

    Want to get better at writing music on guitar? Learn these 10 beautiful chord progressions. They’re simple, effective, and will help you to start creating you’re own great-sounding music… Category Chord Progression Beautiful Chord Progressions D – A – C – G D – C – G C – Am – F – G C…

  • How To Play F Chord on Guitar: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

    How To Play F Chord on Guitar: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

    How to play the F chord? Said EVERY BEGINNER KNOWN TO MAN! Minor, Major, ASUS – here are all the different ways you can play an F chord on the guitar The F Major chord is a chord shape that usually messes with beginners quite a bit. You’re basically playing right next to the nut, so…

  • Beginner Music Theory For Guitarists: The #1 Way To Level Up Your Playing!

    Beginner Music Theory For Guitarists: The #1 Way To Level Up Your Playing!

    There are plenty of jokes about guitarists being afraid of learning even basic, beginner music theory. Today we are going to walk you through how to get started, the easy way. If you have played guitar for any amount of time, you have probably seen the memes about music theory and stubborn guitar players. They…

  • Do Guitarists Know Every Scale? The #1 Secret To Improvising…

    Do Guitarists Know Every Scale? The #1 Secret To Improvising…

    How do you play solos off the top of your head? Do guitarists know every scale? Today we break it all down, and talk about the ways to learn improv, and build scales on your own! Asking “do guitarists know every scale?” is actually the wrong approach. There are so many types of scales and…

  • The 5 Most Commonly Used Chord Progressions In Rock

    The 5 Most Commonly Used Chord Progressions In Rock

    Use and memorise these five most commonly used chord progressions to instantly make you’re playing sound more professional – here’s everything you need to know… When people think of chord progressions, especially if you’re not au fait with music theory, there’s always a slight yet palpable deflation somewhere in your soul. Buzz Osbourne doesn’t care about…

  • Memorizing Guitar Scales 101: Awesome Tools For Beginner Guitarists

    Memorizing Guitar Scales 101: Awesome Tools For Beginner Guitarists

    If you want to start playing solos, you want to make memorizing guitar scales a priority. The Major and Minor Scales are important steps to starting your journey. Today we check out the easiest ways to harness your memory skills! Memorizing Guitar Scales: We All Have To Do It! I think a lot of us…

  • Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Exploring the Differences and Learning Process

    Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Exploring the Differences and Learning Process

    Learning an instrument is a very rewarding process. Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Today we break down why one may be easier than the other for YOU! Is Electric Guitar Easier than Piano? Maybe? When it comes to learning music, many people see a guitar and they know that is the instrument for them.…

  • Intervals For Beginners: The #1 Way To Unlock The ENTIRE Fretboard!

    Intervals For Beginners: The #1 Way To Unlock The ENTIRE Fretboard!

    Music theory can be a very daunting subject to tackle for guitarists. Intervals are a way of breaking down the fretboard into easy octaves. Today, we show you the easiest way to learn them! Intervals: The Fretboard In Numbers If you have spent any time learning music theory or scales, then you have probably ran…

  • Minor Scale & 6th Mode Explained: Guitar Theory For Beginners

    Minor Scale & 6th Mode Explained: Guitar Theory For Beginners

    We have talked a lot about music theory for guitarists, and so far we have stuck to the Major Keys and Modes. Today we look at the Minor Scale for the first time, and talk about how to use it! Easy Theory For Guitarists: The Minor Scale We have been exploring some basic music theory…

  • Major Scale & 1st Mode on Guitar Explained (The Easy Way)

    Major Scale & 1st Mode on Guitar Explained (The Easy Way)

    Getting into basic music theory can be confusing, so let’s take a look at where it all starts. The Major Scale and Ionian mode are a great place to begin! Today we show you the easy way to learn. Basic Music Theory: Start Here! We have talked about basic music theory here a few times.…

  • Dissecting The 7 Best Guitar Solos Of All Time: What Makes Them Great?

    Dissecting The 7 Best Guitar Solos Of All Time: What Makes Them Great?

    We may not all agree on what the best guitar solos of all time might be, but what makes the timeless solos on this list so amazing? let’s break down what makes these great, from a technical standpoint. Making this list was extremely difficult. I scoured reddit, and all of the major guitar forums to…

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