Don't panic. A lot of guitar players I've come across seem to get along very well with very little understanding of what it is they're playing, what scales are about, how chords are constructed or even why they put their fingers where they do when playing a chord (other than that's where they've been told to put them). I did this myself for a number of years before I decided I really wanted to understand what I was playing.
I'm going to encourage you here to learn as much about music theory as you can. Similarly sight reading notation. Yes there are a lot of professional musicians who understand little theory and can't sight read. BUT, they are the exception and are usually super talented players. For us mere mortals, understanding these subjects makes learning new songs easier, definitely gives us greater flexibility on our instrument and makes it much easier to get work as session players or teachers.
Also, if you really want to be able to improvise without regurgitating other peoples licks this is the only way to go.
So starting here is a, hopefully, very easy to understand course of music theory in relation to guitar, if you have any questions or need clarification please get in touch.
All of the information in these pages is given free online. I will shortly have a hard copy available that can either be e-mailed for sent via post. I'll update this page when it is available with pricing. Please use the contact page if you'd like me to contact you when it's ready.
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Online Lessons - Home
Scales - what are they?
Natural Minor Scale
Major 7th Chords
Minor 7th Chords
Dominant 7th Chords
Minor 7th Flat 5 Chords