Curious how many guitarists jam and suck at theory?

CoolGuitarGear

Well-known member
I use theory when I don't know what I'm looking for (a sound in my head or something). Or I'll play a chord and have no idea what it is, but need to know to create a backing track (then I get lazy and use an online chord finder app).
 

rossgun

New member
Well, i know my scales. I get alot of chords from them, but if youd ask me i wouldnt know what im doing, it sounds good and thats it.
I know the chords in the major scale both open and 7th chords in 5 positions and thats what ive done with for a long time.

A vew months back i started with triads, well that ended after a week or so. Always when i start i dont bother finishing.

Now im gonna start at the beginning. I work, have more then a fulltime job. Im not gonna have a music carreer so ill take it slow from now.
I promised myself this time to just follow surtain steps, no mather how long, but ill do the theory.

This week ill start with interval training, including getting the notes on the fretboard down verry well. When im comfutable with both ill start with the triads.
From there ill use my knowlidge for getting to really understand the minor scales and their posibility's.

Ok, this isnt what you asked lol. But i didnt know much but its time now to do it.
I want to be able to know what ime playing and why. Not just mindless playing anymore.
When creating something ill never look at it from a theory kind of vew but ill know what im doing and what my posibilitys are and ill never hit a wall with where should my progression go next etc.

In the end knowledge is power

tip for myself is, do it now, no matter how long and enjoy the ride.


(sorry for my bad english)
Sounds like we could be related :)
 

JimAnsell

Well-known member
i have a really good ear for figuring out shit as i hear it, with guitar, so i can generally fall into key, and wank something cool with whatever is being played, but i don't know what the fuck i'm doing as far as theory goes. I know a few modes and scales, and the very basics, but i'll struggle to tell you what note i'm playing unless its really obvious. some times i feel like an idiot savant.
 

shadow070

Member
After many attempts, its been months again since i played. Soon ill pick it up and start all over again..... although it might take me 3 weeks or so to releaarn some triads, dropp chords, scales etc.

Its a on going process......struggle!

Since i got my child i have changed. I remember gassing for gear, now a days im gassing just to get some time to play the guitar :p
 

thedeadzone

Active member
I know a lot of guys who aren't formally schooled, and it doesn't slow them down for what they're doing. It kinda depends on the application. There are patterns and tendencies in music that we all notice, and that's a lot of what theory is, even if we know it by different nomenclature.
 

BatmansRigTalk

Active member
You can do basic beginner jams and suck at theory. However, how to improvise requires some fretboard theory. Improvisation is also a way to learn the fretboard. So if you take some classes on improv and tell a teacher this is what you want, then in a half a year you will be able to get up on any jam session stage with other beginners and actually be able to listen to what they are playing and know sort of what you should play to sound good with them.
 

donalddemon

Member
i have a really good ear for figuring out shit as i hear it, with guitar, so i can generally fall into key, and wank something cool with whatever is being played, but i don't know what the fuck i'm doing as far as theory goes. I know a few modes and scales, and the very basics, but i'll struggle to tell you what note i'm playing unless its really obvious. some times i feel like an idiot savant.
This is me for sure. I can jam over almost anything and have a very vague idea of what I'm doing but I'm mostly just flying blind. I just can't find it in me to get disciplined but I still have fun. We do a lot of improvising, which means I hit a lot of clams!
 

DanTravis62

Well-known member
I have a pretty basic or intermediate level of theory knowledge, but I basically only use it for leads.

I fly nearly blind when writing riffs the vast majority of the time - like I may recognize what key or scale I'm using, but it's never forefront in my mind.

Alot of the super theory geeks I know can never get anything done because they're too busy obsessing over irrelevant minutia. I know not everyone is like that, but that's what the people I personally know are like.
 

DonLduk

Member
My bassist who is a theory encyclopedia always points out the strange chords, timings and meters in the songs we write together. I only play what I hear in my head and theory never comes into the picture. I know what my instrument sounds like and how to get the sounds I want from it. I think that's all anyone ever needs IMHO.
 
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