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light487
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light487
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03/04/2008 6:52 pm
I wasn't interested in "proper" Music Theory till about 9 months ago. I'd played guitar for about 16 years prior to that, mostly by trial and error. I had a decent grasp of music but didn't understand it. The biggest breakthrough was understanding the "intervals" involved in everything. Once I knew the intervals separating the notes in a Major and minor scale (or whatever) I was pretty much set to learn the rest of music theory.

I still count out the intervals of scales on my fingers (unless I have a guitar handy) but it really does help immensely. The next thing that helped a lot was knowing how chords are constructed, which also relates to Major and minor intervals. The next thing that helped was diatonic chord progressions. And then the next thing was common chord leading techniques (ie. which chord tends to lead to another chord etc). There is of course many, many subjects of theory you could learn beyond these.. but those are the ones, in that order, which helped me the most.
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