Free Music Theory Lessons Online

free-music-theory-lessons-onlineWhy Free Music Theory Lessons Online Is Something You Do Not Want. Especially If You Want To Master It and Learn It Quickly. Find Out Why Not First!

How many times have you found yourself saying, “Wish I knew how to play guitar,” just never quite got around to it cause there were always other pressing matters to attend to!

We let academics, family responsibilities and life in general get in the way, and by the time we actually get around to picking up that box guitar, we are left wondering whether it’s going to be worth the effort at all.

But I beg to differ with you, it is worth it. All you need is a clear cut direction to speed up the process. Oh! and 5 minutes of your time now.

Theres More To Music Than A Song


Rest assured, however, studying music while learning to play the guitar is easier than it’s made out to be.

Although advanced skills require lots of lessons and practice, learning to strum a few of your favorite tunes is easy and fun.

Thanks to some freely available lessons online, anyone can learn how to play songs like “Knocking on Heavens Door” or even Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” in a matter of a few days.

Music theory, however, is a whole new kettle of fish because although it isn’t difficult, it is complex. True, it is information at your fingertips and something that you can learn at your own pace and in your own time, but no teacher means there is no structured learning path.

Problems With Just Free Lessons

You can end up goggling page after page and come up with bucket loads of information, some of it good, most of it not. Yes there is also YouTube which hosts a large number of free tutorials, a handful of which are extremely good, but the information overload (and lack of direction) can leave you reeling and discouraged.

Sure learning online allows you to develop your own unique style and it is definitely way cheaper than hiring a music teacher, but it does not address personal issues or cannot clarify any one particular step or something that may have gotten you confused.


Without a teacher, there is no real way of getting feedback or any sort of constructive criticism or on your progress. Self learning is also almost always more time-consuming and slower than learning from a skilled teacher.

Your technique will also not be as efficient because there will be nobody next to you to constantly tell you whether you are making a mistake or not – finger exercises, strumming, etc is almost always best learnt with a teacher at hand.

And while the internet is accessible any time of the day or night making it a pretty convenient teacher,  you lay no proper foundation to fall back on. Also there’s a serious lack of direction and guidance and you may get a sense of not knowing where to go next.

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Finally! My 2 Cents – For What Its Worth


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So what is the preferred method – private lessons or free online lessons? Both have their pros and cons, but any guitarist will tell you that it is easier to learn how to play if you have a good instructor than without.

There may be hundreds of free music theory lessons online. Yet, the ideal thing to do is to learn the fundamentals of music theory from an expert guitar teacher,  before venturing on to the World Wide Web to learn and explore further.

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10 thoughts on “Free Music Theory Lessons Online

  1. Seth

    Im sure private lessons are the way to learn the fastest, but is awfully inconvenient. If it takes me twice as long to learn an instrument online, but I can do it at my own pace, I would definitely do the online courses.

    1. Markus Post author

      Hello Seth welcome to Treble Clef Reviews. Private lessons would be the way to go, but as you’ve pointed out they are so inconvenient.
      I had private lessons for a number of years. Although most lessons I get today are over Skype and or through an online course.
      And I can inter act with the class and teacher anytime I want to or have to. Today for most of us this really is the way to go.
      Having a teacher that keeps you on track and corrects when needed, coupled with feedback from the class and teacher is necessary to learning.
      Doing it at your own pace is a plus with online courses. Seth good of you to stop by. Talk to you next time.

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Marc

    Learning to play any instrument takes time. It is not something that is as easy as just picking up the instrument and strumming it, blowing on it, banging it, or pushing buttons.
    Learning to play the guitar is equally as difficult. You can try to do it on your own but as you said the best way to do it is have a good instructor.
    I think so many people want to be able to skip a step and just know how to without the work. Keep the great posts coming. I look forward to each one.

    1. Markus Post author

      Hey Marc glad you stopped by. Your right playing any instrument takes time and I might add it’s a life journey.
      I’ve been learning and playing since I was 6, and I still continue to have a teacher at hand to this day.
      And your oh so right, in todays instant gratification mode there’s no work involved and that shows more often than not.
      You know free lessons are good for quickly learning a song, I don’t see anything wrong with that but!
      If you’ve learned your craft, then your trade will feed you the rest of your life. Marc come back and see me we’ll talk more then.

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Alan Dorton

    Good looking site. I agree that you need someone there too instruct you. Selfie is ok, at least you don’t look like Steve scratchin’ for chiggers.

    1. Markus Post author

      Hello Alan, better late than never. I’ve been out for a bit.
      Learning guitar is not unlike any other craft we learn.
      We can do it on our own true, but in doing so we miss a lot of finer points of the craft.
      Not to mention pick up lots of bad habits.
      I’m glad the image was ok, your the first thats answered me back on that.
      But now I’m feeling bad for Steve lol. Stop by again Alan, see you then.

      Thanks 🙂

  4. Nate

    Hey man. Really great post and some great points. I definitely agree that free online guitar lessons can only do so much and might teach you a few songs but won’t teach you the fundamentals of music or, like you say give you direction or feedback on how your doing and where you need to progress to next.

    It’s like everything in life really – a good coach is always necessary – even the best athletes in the world need coaches.

    1. Markus Post author

      Nate really good to see you stop by. You know you hit it right on the head.
      Direction and with feedback on ones progress. And only a teacher can help you be accountable with these.
      Funny you should mention athletes because the same is true in the music world.
      I can’t count the shows I’ve worked where the vocalist, percussionist or guitarist has their teacher there with them.
      Well thats enough of my rants as I tend to talk way too much. Anyone can learn to play a song.
      But only a teacher can teach you the language of that piece. Nate come back and see us and we’ll talk then.

      Thanks 🙂

  5. Larry gove

    For a man who doesn’t teach, you bring inspiration and motivation.

    Through your talented writings that come’s from your life’s experience I’ve learned, I can be a better guitarist.

    With your writings, I hope to share with others what I learned from you and what made me a better guitar player.

    Thank you, for this valuable information.


    1. Markus Post author

      Welcome back Larry and thank you for the compliment.
      You have to give it up for for those who teach music they just have the knack for it you might say.
      Not to mention lots of patients and be able to convey that information on a personal level.
      I’m glad you found this useful. You come back and see us again Larry talk to you then and keep practicing!

      Thanks 🙂


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