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Old 03-06-2012, 04:40 PM
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How important is theory?

Hey guys! I'm back again, but this time with a question that hasn't been asked yet. (As far as I'm concerned) But I was wondering... how important is theory, exactly?

Will not knowing triads, how a chord is created from scales, etc. affect my ability as a guitar player eventually?

Thanks, J.J.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:42 PM
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You don't HAVE to know it........but why wouldn't you want to? The more you know, the better off you'll be.
There are lots of musicians who KNOW theory and are great.
There a lots of musicians who DON'T know theory and are great.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:02 PM
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There are lots of musicians who KNOW theory and are great.
There a lots of musicians who DON'T know theory and are great.


There you go Good explanation.

Personally, I learned theory (still am) because it enables me to become better at improvisation and it helped me a lot to learn songs faster and to be able to break them down myself.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:45 PM
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Hey guys! I'm back again, but this time with a question that hasn't been asked yet. (As far as I'm concerned) But I was wondering... how important is theory, exactly?

Will not knowing triads, how a chord is created from scales, etc. affect my ability as a guitar player eventually?

Thanks, J.J.

No, theory has nothing to do with technique. That is a narrow view though but if you desire only to play an play well you might get away with not knowing theory.

It is always nice to know why people do certain things so that is why theory is fun and exciting
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:16 PM
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Personally I think that theory can be very important and also a GREAT advantage and opportunity for you.
Knowing theory helps you to learn and improve:

- Improvisation
- Songwriting
- Aural Skills (when Transribing Music without having tabs for example)
- knowing chords, scales etc. faster and expand them quickly

Think about learning a new language but only learning all the words and all the vocabularys WITHOUT thinking about grammar. Would be bad, right?

Theory shows you how it all works and how it all fits together it is the bottom of all the other parts of music.
Of course this does NOT mean that you cant be a good guitar player withoug knowing theory, but actually you can be an even better guitar player (and become on faster) with it.

Hope this helped.

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Old 03-24-2012, 12:39 PM
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Hey there, im new

Personally I think that theory can be very important and also a GREAT advantage and opportunity for you.
Knowing theory helps you to learn and improve:

- Improvisation
- Songwriting
- Aural Skills (when Transribing Music without having tabs for example)
- knowing chords, scales etc. faster and expand them quickly

Think about learning a new language but only learning all the words and all the vocabularys WITHOUT thinking about grammar. Would be bad, right?

Theory shows you how it all works and how it all fits together it is the bottom of all the other parts of music.
Of course this does NOT mean that you cant be a good guitar player withoug knowing theory, but actually you can be an even better guitar player (and become on faster) with it.

Hope this helped.

David

Agreed It also makes an individual a very rounded musician, something which is nice.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:28 PM
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Agreed It also makes an individual a very rounded musician, something which is nice.


Yeah, also there are too many people who think you are a good guitar player when you have good technique, imagine one super fat player and when you give him a backing track and he does not know what scales he can play over it, that's not really what "good" means to me.
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