Learning guitar theory, so music theory specific to the guitar, will free up your playing and take your performance level to previously unimagined heights. Learn the basics with our online beginner guitar lessons, and in the meanwhile, start learning the music theory of playing the guitar as well.

If you want to improvise solos, make up your own licks, write your own songs, you'll need to understand guitar music theory.

You should first of all start out with the most basic concept, learning the notes on the guitar. It is only after this, that you should move on to the rest of the guitar theory lessons.

Guitar chords

Guitar scales

Guitar Anatomy

Guitar anatomy isn’t exactly a college subject, but it’s still important to know the parts of the guitar. Knowing how something works is important if you want to master it, so lets have a look at the anatomy of the guitar.

Anatomy of the acoustic and electric guitar >>

How to Read Guitar Tabs

Guitar tabs (which is short for tablature) is a type of musical notation for stringed instruments that show you which fret to play on each string, as opposed to standard staff notation, which shows you the pitch of a note. Beginner guitarists have a much easier time learning from tablature, but in the long run, it’s a good idea to learn the standard musical notation as well.

How to Read Guitar Tabs >>


An arpeggio on the guitar is very similar, but also very different from a chord.

When you play an arpeggio, you are using the notes of a chord, just not all at once, since you pick the individual notes of the chord separately. You can use arpeggios to play really great chord melodies, you hear them in really famous songs all the time.

Guitar arpeggios >>