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This first part of Really Useful Guitar Stuff forms the foundation for my whole method. Understanding basic music theory and putting it into practice right away, so helping you develop your understanding of harmony in a practical way.

Always wanted to unlock the mysteries of "keys" and where chords come from? This pack covers a lot of ground and should take a few months to understand and properly digest all the information - see the contents list below for full details.

It's a workbook so you will be doing exercises to check your understanding and then putting it into practice.

I really think this is a great place to start for someone who has always been hesitant to get into music theory, it is all practical and will build a good foundation for future study of the guitar.

Even this much knowledge will change how you think about the instrument and how to master it.


THE EBOOK HAS EVOLVED! Please read below!

Practical Music Theory has evolved - PLEASE READ THIS

As you might know I have been working on a revamped version of the website which will officially launch on June 4 - but it's live now for newsletter subscribers... and you :) The Practical Music Theory ebook and Chord Construction Guide have been absorbed, transformed and expanded into a paid section of the new site!

The new Practical Music Theory is divided into grades and has over 100 lessons (and growing fast), many pdf download worksheets, tests and much more - it will be the best music theory resource for guitar players available and I will be working on it for many years to come! The new site is a subscription (which I need to do to be able to continue working on it) and the price is $9.99 for 6 months access and includes BOTH Practical Music Theory & Chord Construction Guide which you can download right away and obviously keep forever!

Click here to see and access the new Practical Music Theory area!

Practical Music Theory - Contents

pdf file, 43 pages (v3.1)
3. About this book, the author and you
4. Why And How?
5. Note Circle
6. Note Circle Worksheet
7. Six Key Tones
8. Using Octaves To Know All The Notes
9. Know Where The Notes Are
10. The Mind Bending Note Finding Game
11. Major Scale Theory
12. Major Scale Worksheet
13. Intervals
14. Intervals (continued)
15. Intervals Worksheet
16. Basic Chord Theory
17. Chord Theory Worksheet
18. Chord Theory Worksheet 2 (analysis)
19. Chord Finding Method
20. Chord Finding Worksheet
20. Diatonic Chord Theory
21. Diatonic Chord Theory Worksheet
22. Intervals on the neck
23. Common Chord Progressions
24. Extended Chord Theory
25. Extended Chord Theory Exercises
26. More Extended Chord Theory 
27. Your Chord Book
28. The CAGED System - Birth
29. The CAGED System - First shape
30. The CAGED System - Playing the first shape
31. The CAGED System - Second shape
32. The CAGED System - Playing second shape
33. The CAGED System - Third shape
34. The CAGED System - Playing third shape
35. The CAGED System - Fourth shape
36. The CAGED System - Playing fourth shape
37. The CAGED System - Fifth shape
38. The CAGED System - Playing Fifth Shape
39. Consolidation
40. Answer Sheet
41. Answer Sheet
42. Answer Sheet
43. Major Scale Chart (appendix)


How To Use

This pack is designed for people with very little knowledge of music theory and want to learn about how things work and also develop many useful practical skills that just a little music theory makes possible.

It moves at quite a rapid pace so you need to take it slowly and make sure you understand each concept before moving onto the next.

You should also make sure that you do all the answers in pencil so that you can rub them out and do them over if you are not getting it right.

You will probably want to print out some of the blank papers from the resources section of the site to make the most of the practical examples - the more you do yourself the better you will learn it!


There are lots of comments on the web forum.

There is this thread and this massive thread and more here too. You can also PM people who have used it or are using it and ask them direct!

"Justin is always clear, concise and is a great communicator, which is why this is a fantastic book for guitar players wanting to get their theory onto the instrument and demystify topics that too many other tutors make unnecessarily complex!".
Pete Whittard (School Director, The Guitar Institute)

"I'm only up to page 7 and the fretboard is already beginning to make sense to me! I highly recommend this book."
Harpmaker (on the forum)

"Justin, this book had one of the most important pieces of theory in it that was lacking in my guitar knowledge previously. I now understand the major scale and the relationship between chords in those scales. As a result, I haven't stopped transcribing some of my favourite JF songs (and getting them right too). Before I bought this book, I was itching to start working out songs myself but had no theoretical knowledge on how to do it and your book answered the question I didn't know how to ask. You have taken my guitar playing to the next level through a basic understanding of theory and I thank you for that."
Bsingo (on the forum)

"Awesome lesson guide. Extremely useful and extremely helpful. The explanations for some of the complex theory are explained in such a clear and understandable way that even I can learn it. The pages are great. A+"
Scott Strat (on the forum)

"Justin I had hesitated to work on more than just cursory theory but after we met I knew I needed to take the plunge into the theory pool. Had I known (and probably should have realized) that you were going to break it down so that even I could get it, I would have jumped in a whole lot sooner. Very good job!! Thank you!"
Quark (on the forum)


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