Welcome to String Theory, a new column dedicated to imparting guitar-centric music theory concepts in a practical, useful way that you can readily apply to composing and improvising. Rather than show you a bunch of dry, abstract textbook examples of how chords are built from and live within various scales, I will try to keep things interesting and inspiring by presenting etudes.
So last Thursday, I brought my Gibson SG Faded Special with the snapped-off headstock to my pal Matt Brewster, luthier extraordinaire, all-around great guy and owner-proprietor of 30th Street Guitars in New York City. He had the guitar completely fixed, restrung and ready to rock by Monday ...
I had just gotten to work in the morning and went to sit down at my desk, right next to where I had precariously balanced my Gibson SG Faded Special before leaving work the previous day. I inadvertently bumped into the guitar, causing it to slide and fall sideways onto the floor, which is concrete covered with a thin carpet.
Finally, somebody came out with a beginner instructional guitar method book series for adults and teenagers that’s not an outdated, depressing turn-off that makes you want to throw your guitar off a cliff after having struggled to learn embarrassingly unsatisfying versions of the audience favorites “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Three Blind Mice.”