A music theory lesson might sound dull and dry, and you might be wondering why you would even need to learn musical theory. After all, can't you just check out online videos and lessons to learn everything that you need to know? While it is true that you are able to learn quite a bit from online lessons and the like, you have to dig deeper if you truly want to understand not only your chosen instrument, but also music in general. It's about far more than just learning a few chords and how to sing while you strum. It's about really understanding the music. Let's look at some of the benefits you can get when you take music theory lessons.
One of the first benefits of learning music theory, we've already touched on. You will be able to learn how music actually works and why you need to use certain chords and progressions to get the sound and the style that you want. It helps you to understand why songwriters and composers make the decisions they make, and it makes is possible to listen to music with a critical ear.
In addition, when you are able to see how and why music works the way it does, it becomes easier to dissect different pieces of music and learn how to play them. It also makes it easier to learn how to create your own original songs, and to be sure they are following the basic tenets of good music.
These lessons also let you learn the different styles of music, and can open you up to different types of music that you may not have considered giving a chance before. You can then see how that music might translate well to the ukulele, or why it might not be the best choice to cover with the uke.
Learning music theory is like learning a new language, and as you dive into different genres, it is like learning different dialects. It is all about communication. Just the mechanisms will slightly differ. The lessons that you learn in music theory are applicable for far more than just the ukulele.
While you can learn to play a number of songs, and play them well on the ukulele without learning music theory, you may not get as much out of it. If you want to become a better, well-rounded musician, it is generally a good idea to take at least a few music theory lessons. Once you do, you might actually find out that you enjoy it. As we've mentioned, it really can make a huge difference in your musicianship and your understanding of songs. If you only want to be able to strum a few songs, maybe you do not need music theory lessons. But if you want to know why those strums sound so great and work so well together, you do!Return to Ukulele Video Lessons
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