Guitar Music Theory

Desi Serna

This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes! read less

Our Editor's Take

The Guitar Music Theory podcast shares lessons with aspiring guitarists. Host and author Desi Serna introduces listeners to vital music concepts and theories. Music hopefuls may improve their guitar-playing skills with the help of this show.

Serna’s Guitar Music Theory website provides courses, theory classes, a blog, and more. The podcast combines all this information in a single place. Serna reveals “the inside secrets” of popular songs. He also goes beyond the basics. The guitar podcast shares the essential components of music theory. These include chord relationships, intervals, note positions, scale patterns, and chord progressions. In some episodes, he discusses developing individual techniques and styles.

If listeners have dreamed of songwriting and playing guitar, Serna might be able to help. Episodes address learning popular songs people love. In one, he talks about playing songs that need a capo and use unusual chord shapes. He uses artist Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” as an example. Podcast listeners can take his advice to play similar songs. Another episode focuses on syncopation. With examples from Neil Young, Adele, and KT Tunstall, he defines the term. He also describes how to manage these accents and explains changes that don’t follow standard beats.

Musical guests join Serna in many episodes. Matt Reviere is a professional guitarist who plays with Grammy-winning artist Carrie Underwood. Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joins Serna on the podcast. Listeners hear about his and the band’s distinctive style. They also chat about what makes Slash’s tone special.

Underwood’s keyboardist joins in another episode. Scott Sheriff is also a musical director and bandleader. He shares what it’s like being on the road, engaging with the audience, and musical arrangements. Sandy Williams discusses the technical aspects of playing. Williams is a performer and technical editor for several Guitar for Dummies books. He discusses topics like chord tones and extensions.

Guitar Music Theory may be a helpful resource for those learning or improving their guitar skills. Serna provides knowledge for learners and music theory enthusiasts. New episodes of the podcast appear several times each month.

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