When I was six years old – remember the good old days when life was carefree – my parents put me in piano lessons. My teacher was an old woman who lived across the street and down a block. I went to visit her once a week to learn how to play.
You know what? She made learning to play more boring than watching paint dry. And as a six year old, if given the choice, I probably would have chosen the paint!
She tried teaching me music theory, but it was like cutting down a forest with a pocketknife. More on that story in just a minute…
But as I’ve helped other people learn the guitar, I’ve observed that there’s a general lack of understanding as to exactly why we play what we do.
More importantly, I’ve noticed this lack of understanding really slows down progress, and even worse – can make learning the guitar confusing and feel like a lot of hard work!
I-IV-V (that’s 1 – 4 – 5 in English) refers to the root note (I), or tonic, and the two notes in perfect relation to it (IV and V). Because it is a numbering system, it is universal, and applies to every single key.
Simply put – this lesson on I-IV-V will show you how the guitar fretboard is built on patterns of I-IV-V, and once you see the patterns, your guitar will come alive in a whole new way.
Have you ever been in an unfamiliar city, looked at a road map, and tried to figure out what was going on?
Now – have you ever had a friend visit your home town, and showed them where to go on a map? Chances are that map just intuitively made sense…
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