Something that music snobs put a lot of attention into. In reality, unless you want to learn how to play like someone else instead of having your own style, music theory is useless. I mean, did the Blues guitarists who lived in the Mississippi Delta have access to music theory? No! And they laid down the innovations that modern musicians still use today! Kurt Cobain even said that music theory is useless unless you want to be coffee shop singer and is a distraction to making music your own thing. And he changed rock music for an entire generation!
Music student from Berklee (MSB): "What'cha doing?"
Me: "Playing the guitar. I just love this instrument so much. It's simplicity brings music to the masses. Every note rings 'Hey! You do not need expensive classes or fancy instruments to enjoy music!'"
MSB: "Well anyone will suck as a musician without proper music theory training."
Me: "So Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Clash, Nirvana, and nearly every multi-platinum selling artists failed as musicians because they did not have any music training?"
MSB: "Well..."
Me: "And these chords that I am playing with the basic knowledge, regardless of the complexity of the composition, I have is shit because I do not have a musically trained background?"
MSB: "I guess so..."
Me: "Well I am not in debt to a fancy music school and I still know how to play music so you're the idiot. I win!"
by ThatOneGuyYouGrewToHate July 23, 2012
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Knowledge of chords, rythms, etc in the development of music, can make you a better musician but is not necessary
jimi hendrix, the greatest guitar player ever did not know shit about reading music. he played from the heart and soul, and thats what music is really all about. there are no "rules" you are supposed to follow to be a good musician
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Music theory is the rules of music. Music has rules. Modern musicians do not follow these rules. Counterpoint does not exist in modern music. Power chords dominate everything. We are back in the days of parallel organum, but even worse. Modern musicians usually recieve no training, and therefore suck. Music-reading ability is the rudiment of musicianhood. If a person cannot read music (no, I am not talking about tablature, either), then he is not a musician.
God bless the few classical musicians who keep real music alive for our posterity. I just hope this musical dark age will end soon. Luckily for me, however, it is very easy to be a musician, especially one with guitar ability, since the expectations for a guitarist are non-existant.
by Anonymous February 01, 2004
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The biggest fucking waste of time ever where you lose all sense of self-respect and end up having no clue what's going on because the material is ridiculous and impossible.
Dude, I just got my ass handed to me by that music theory exam.
by hal b February 01, 2006
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A cancerous class at some schools where you learn useless shit.
-Hey dude why you looking so sad?
-Didn't you forget we have music theory today.
by Shrek_Our_Lord February 04, 2018
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