Music Theory on Classical Guitar

Learning more about music theory can open up a exciting world of musical discoveries. More than that, it can help you to understand the music you are playing on the guitar. With a deeper understanding you will be able to express the music more freely, learn pieces quickly, and memorize with ease.

Ornamentation in the Music of J.S. Bach
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Ornamentation in the music of J.S. Bach

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The music of J.S. Bach is full of ornamentations and in this deep-dive we will show you how to play the various ornaments you will find throughout the suits, sonatas, and dances.

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The Circle of Fifths
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The Circle of Fifths

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The circle of fifths reveals a wonderful series of connections in music. From key signatures to harmonic relationships, intervals and more. Studying the circle of fifths can open up a whole new world of music theory.

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What is 6/8 time signature?
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Learn the 6/8 time signature

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Many of the most well-known pieces of music on classical guitar are in 6/8 time signature. If time signatures are new to you, don’t worry, we’ll cover that below. So what is 6/8, what makes it different from 3/4 time, and why does it matter? 

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Why you need musical analysis

With the ability to analyze your music you can play with a deeper understanding of a piece, memorize the music, and learn repertoire quickly.

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If you struggle with frustration, overwhelm, and a lack of focus the CGC Academy can help you transform your musical experience.

With world-class curriculum that is progressive and structured you will find a learning pathway that has everything laid out for you. All materials are provided and you will have access at all hours so that you can practice when it suits your schedule.

Study with dedicated teachers who have worked with thousands of students just like you from all over the world.

And, you will not be alone in your journey. Inside the Academy you will find a supportive community of musicians that are working to develop their playing and musical expression.

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Several years of using self-help method books, online tutorials and video exchange programs had left me frustrated with what always seemed a piecemeal approach to advancing my guitar studies.  When I discovered the CGC Academy with its expertly structured, grades 1-8 curriculum, a highly responsive and dedicated staff, and a global community of fellow students eager to share the journey, I knew I’d found a new home.  Seven years on and I could not be happier with my decision – coaching calls, performance seminars, member challenges, open mics, summer school, feedback from fellow students and instructors – all have served to take my playing to a level I never thought possible.


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