A Comprehensive Study
Harmony and Music Theory
Having a grasp on basic harmony and understanding of music theory will help you become a better guitar player and a better musician overall. It's helpful to know what a major key is, where scales come from, how chords are built and how they function. When you understand how music works you will be an asset to your band or any group of musicians you join.
Chords, Scales and Fretboard Knowledge
If you're getting lost on the fret board then you risk getting lost in the song. Knowing the notes on the fret board is easy when you have a few concepts to help you memorize the names of the notes and their locations. After a little time studying chord theory and chord scales, navigating the fret board will become easier and more familiar to you. Don't be overwhelmed. There are some simple tricks you can use to help you organize your understanding and grow your fret board knowledge.
Rhythm is the most important aspect of music and guitar. Being able to keep time and understand basic rhythm concepts will improve your guitar playing tremendously. As your rhythm skills increase, your control over the guitar will improve too. Guitar technique and rhythm studies go hand in hand. Again, there are some simple concepts that you can use to increase your understanding of rhythm and really improve your abilities.
Music is a language. There are rules and logic that determine how music works just like there are rules and logic that determine how language works. When we talk, we don't have to think about grammar rules to understand each other. We have an intuitive understanding of grammar because we use it every day in our conversations. We also hear music everyday, and because you listen to music you may already have some intuitive knowledge of what makes musical sense. But not everyone speaks the language of music. Learning the language of music requires us to recognize and identify musical elements such as rhythm patterns, various scales, chord progressions, and chord qualities like major chords, minor chords, and seventh chords. With a little study and practice we can acquire the ability to recognize these musical elements, and eventually become fluent in the language of music.