Guitar Theory, or Music?
What's all this guitar theory guff about, you ask... you care about music; you just want to play, don't you?
I care about music. A lot. In fact, I love it passionately. I just happen to play guitar.
What I've always wanted, ever since I started playing, is less fingering patterns, more music.
So I've spent years thinking of ways to bridge the gap between musical ideas and the guitar fretboard. Years taking notes, making diagrams. Trying desperately to connect the dots.
The results of all that thinking I've put together as a series of books, and this guitar theory website... I'm confident that this will help you bridge the gap between your ideas and the fretboard. I know that it has already, for thousands of readers.
Is this for you?
Guitar Theory in Depth and these books are not for everyone. If you're happy just to play from tab and learn from chord bibles, then this isn't the place for you. If you're OK with just a bunch of fingering boxes to learn your scales, look for them elsewhere.
If, however, you want to understand, so you can have more choices available, so you can create, then this is the place for you. It's all about freedom, style.
It's not about the theory; theory is just a means to an end (one that needs no justification.)
If you're the kind of person who likes to know what they're doing, who likes to have all the options available, who likes to be in control, then, boy, is this for you!
No, really. Should you care?
The fretboard is an obstacle whenever you have to think about it. It stands right in the way, between you and your music. Freedom from the fretboard, freedom from having to even think about it, means more music.
I don't care what style of music you play on guitar. The rules of the game are still the same. And there is no way you're going to make something worth listening to if you don't know the rules, so you can start breaking them.
I've done all the thinking for you. Uncovered the rules of the game. So you can break free. Free from the fretboard. Free to make music, free to play.
Join the select few...
It's not about guitar theory; theory, as I've said, is just a means.
But theory IS practical. At least in music it is.
Alex Cortés, founder
Why guitar theory?!
Why should you spend your precious time trying to master the guitar fretboard & guitar theory if this is or seems to be such a hassle?!
Because theory is practical!!! (and it doesn't have to be impossible.)
If you've ever given learning the guitar fretboard a serious attempt, you will have often wondered why learning it inside out is or seems to be such a hassle. Regardless of your present level as a guitarist. Regardless of whether you play flamenco, jazz, rock, or whatever.
Every piano player, by contrast, learns all the notes on his instrument during the first lessons he receives, if not the very first. From then on he develops a deep musical understanding, reinforced by the visual and tactile elements of his instrument, from the piano itself:
Yet, the opposite is true of guitarists and the guitar. Those who do learn all the notes on the fretboard do so by rote. They memorize innumerable combinations of fingering patterns, with no underlying system to tie it all together from every angle.
So far, there has been no system that will allow guitarists to integrate all aspects of musical knowledge into a meaningful whole...
...much less a system that is practical, and not a quagmire of fixed fingering patterns and box diagrams.
...a music theory system that will therefore allow you, the guitarist, to calmly and systematically explore all the possibilities within the guitar, while unlocking your creativity.