Why Ear Training Is Essential

For the longest time, I thought of every song I learned as its own island. Each new song was a new set of chords to memorize, a new form. No one was there to tell me that, in fact, the same common chord progressions were repeating themselves all the time. I could learn to identify…

Music Theory (Dispelling the Myth)

“I don’t really care about the ‘theory’ of what I’m doing. I’ll just play what I play… I don’t want to lose the soul of my music or have to follow any ‘rules’.”

I’ve heard variations on this theme for my entire musical life, and probably said something exactly like this when I was 12 and learning how to play guitar. In a way, I understand the sentiment, but since I first dove deep into music theory I’ve come to understand one very simple truth: