A waste of time?

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16andlifetogo

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is learning theory a wast of time, i talked to a few guitarest i know, and they said i dont need to learn theory. they said just learn my scales, and know them. that i dont need to get that far into it. both of the guys i talked to are prety good and are both lead players in a band.

i was wondering if anyone else out there feels the same way or not.
please let me know what your opinions are..

thanks guys
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringing in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette
Rememb'rin' what she said
Originally Posted by: Cryptic
I'm a super hero. It's what I do.

#1

is learning theory a wast of time, i talked to a few guitarest i know, and they said i dont need to learn theory. they said just learn my scales, and know them. that i dont need to get that far into it. both of the guys i talked to are prety good and are both lead players in a band.

i was wondering if anyone else out there feels the same way or not.
please let me know what your opinions are..

thanks guys
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringing in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette
Rememb'rin' what she said
Originally Posted by: Cryptic
I'm a super hero. It's what I do.

HDJ

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To me, it depends on how far you want to go with the guitar. I never learned theory and I do just fine. If you eventually want to attend college for the guitar, then yeah, you'll have to learn theory.

In the whole scope of things, theory is not essential in my opinion.
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#2

To me, it depends on how far you want to go with the guitar. I never learned theory and I do just fine. If you eventually want to attend college for the guitar, then yeah, you'll have to learn theory.

In the whole scope of things, theory is not essential in my opinion.
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Infectious

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I think learning some theory can definitely improve your composing abilities. You don't need theory if all you want to do is play good but if you really want to take your compositions to the next level, learning an adequate amount of theory will help you immensely.

#3

I think learning some theory can definitely improve your composing abilities. You don't need theory if all you want to do is play good but if you really want to take your compositions to the next level, learning an adequate amount of theory will help you immensely.

rockonn91

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yeah, its certainly not essential, but it does help if you're going to make some highly technical piece of music or whatnot.
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yeah, its certainly not essential, but it does help if you're going to make some highly technical piece of music or whatnot.
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16andlifetogo

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well, i have been playing for 3 years, and have done just fine with out theory, but i came to this site and seen all the talk about it, and figured i had to learn it. i do want to learn some of it, but i guess its not ALL essencial. I just want to know the scales, and when and were to play them.
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringing in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette
Rememb'rin' what she said
Originally Posted by: Cryptic
I'm a super hero. It's what I do.

#5

well, i have been playing for 3 years, and have done just fine with out theory, but i came to this site and seen all the talk about it, and figured i had to learn it. i do want to learn some of it, but i guess its not ALL essencial. I just want to know the scales, and when and were to play them.
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringing in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette
Rememb'rin' what she said
Originally Posted by: Cryptic
I'm a super hero. It's what I do.

pure

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Posts: 1304

Originally Posted by: 16andlifetogo
is learning theory a wast of time, i talked to a few guitarest i know, and they said i dont need to learn theory. they said just learn my scales, and know them. that i dont need to get that far into it. both of the guys i talked to are prety good and are both lead players in a band.

i was wondering if anyone else out there feels the same way or not.
please let me know what your opinions are..

thanks guys



it really depends on how far you want to take your playing abilities. if you want to be able to just play a little bit better, then you should learn the scales and modes. if you want to learn scales then you're learning theory already. but you can go more in depth like into arpeggios and other things but i dont know if you want to go so far. me myself i play guitar for fun. im not planning on doing it as a professional but i have already learned a year of theory. it makes playing easier for me.

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Originally Posted by: 16andlifetogo
is learning theory a wast of time, i talked to a few guitarest i know, and they said i dont need to learn theory. they said just learn my scales, and know them. that i dont need to get that far into it. both of the guys i talked to are prety good and are both lead players in a band.

i was wondering if anyone else out there feels the same way or not.
please let me know what your opinions are..

thanks guys



it really depends on how far you want to take your playing abilities. if you want to be able to just play a little bit better, then you should learn the scales and modes. if you want to learn scales then you're learning theory already. but you can go more in depth like into arpeggios and other things but i dont know if you want to go so far. me myself i play guitar for fun. im not planning on doing it as a professional but i have already learned a year of theory. it makes playing easier for me.

16andlifetogo

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Originally Posted by: pure
it really depends on how far you want to take your playing abilities. if you want to be able to just play a little bit better, then you should learn the scales and modes. if you want to learn scales then you're learning theory already. but you can go more in depth like into arpeggios and other things but i dont know if you want to go so far. me myself i play guitar for fun. im not planning on doing it as a professional but i have already learned a year of theory. it makes playing easier for me.


awsome, thanks for the reply Smilie
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringing in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette
Rememb'rin' what she said
Originally Posted by: Cryptic
I'm a super hero. It's what I do.

#7

Originally Posted by: pure
it really depends on how far you want to take your playing abilities. if you want to be able to just play a little bit better, then you should learn the scales and modes. if you want to learn scales then you're learning theory already. but you can go more in depth like into arpeggios and other things but i dont know if you want to go so far. me myself i play guitar for fun. im not planning on doing it as a professional but i have already learned a year of theory. it makes playing easier for me.


awsome, thanks for the reply Smilie
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringing in your head
You smoke the day's last cigarette
Rememb'rin' what she said
Originally Posted by: Cryptic
I'm a super hero. It's what I do.

tormyhk

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At some point, not knowing any theory will/can reduce your improvements. Well, that is my way of thinking Big Grin but as said before in this thread, you can come far without theory. But you need a good ear for music.

Good luck!

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At some point, not knowing any theory will/can reduce your improvements. Well, that is my way of thinking Big Grin but as said before in this thread, you can come far without theory. But you need a good ear for music.

Good luck!

ericthecableguy

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A little theory always helps, especially in a band like mine where you are interacting with a keyboard. Don't waste to much playing time though. I usually work it out during class or when I've got time to kill.
For life is quite absurd and death's the final word, You must always face the curtain with a bow
Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.

METOOB

#9

A little theory always helps, especially in a band like mine where you are interacting with a keyboard. Don't waste to much playing time though. I usually work it out during class or when I've got time to kill.
For life is quite absurd and death's the final word, You must always face the curtain with a bow
Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.

METOOB

fernando brea

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depends upon the music you play

if you play jazz or classical guitar you must study theory

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depends upon the music you play

if you play jazz or classical guitar you must study theory