We often make excuses as to why we don't need to do something, even
if, deep down, we know that thing is probably good for us. "I can't eat a
healthy lunch today; I don't have time for all that meal prep–I'll just
stop in here for some fast food" or "I don't even feel that tired, so
how about one more episode?" are actions we've all justified in our
minds at least once.
Music theory is often treated in a similar
way, because while we guitar players know it's probably good for us,
we've accepted lies about it that keep us from ever giving ourselves a
chance to learn.
I’ve learned music theory at the highest level at
Berklee College of Music, and I can say without a doubt that it has
only made me a more expressive and well-rounded musician. You may
disagree that it could have the same effect for you, though, which is
understandable. I wonder, though… why do you feel that way? Have you
been told lies about music theory?
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