Guitar Wheel Music Theory Educational Tool

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Guitar Wheel Music Theory Educational Tool

Guitar Wheel Music Theory Educational Tool

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Cary B. White "NimbusCB" says:

Circle of Fifths Unfurled I bought this item to have a handy reference guide for learning music theory on the guitar and have beenthoroughly pleased and impressed with how smart and useful this gizmo has been. Not being a trained musician,this has helped me understand aspects of music theory as a stand alone aid and is even better when used inconjunction with other music theory books. This tool takes some effort to understand (there’s lots of informationcontained on it), but it proves to be an extremely useful reference tool once you learn how to use it.Much more than a circle of fifths wheel!

Brother MOLOCH 969 "MolochSorcery.com" says:

Very good tool that helps understand music theory very quickly Sometimes you get lucky in life. I did. I was checking out my latest copy of Guitar Player magazine and there it was: The Guitar Wheel!As a guitar teacher, I am always looking for material that will make my life and my students’ studies easier, and here it was laid out in front of me. I ordered mine immediately, and it is the only material that I require my students to purchase for study. Here are a couple of reasons why.The Guitar Wheel not only has a “Guitar Side” that shows the correct string numbering for newbies, but it also has a “Music Theory” side with a “Piano Keyboard” that I find very useful to illustrate intervals and to fix in my students heads the relationships of B to C and E to F.Right above the keyboard are your “Enharmonic Equivalents” which helps get you oriented to the idea that notes (pitches) can and do have multiple names i.e.; A# =Bb, B=Cb. “Concert Pitch” is illustrated, and this is very important if you are playing with other instruments such as a Bb sax. Here you find that if the sax is playing in C major, you’re playing in Bb major (Guitar comes under Piano in this case).I could go on. But suffice it to say this tool is exactly what I was looking for, and I love showing it to my students.

Anonymous says:

Useful tool! Most of the other reviews have pretty much covered just about everything I would say however I still want to say I love this tool. Not being someone who has had a lot of theory under my belt, it’s been useful to help me learn the letters of keys. Slowly I am making progress at memorizing key signatures so that I know where I am on the fretboard & where I can go from there. I use it by putting it on my music stand, dialing in the key I want, turn on the drum machine & simply play the chords in that key to the beat. Then when I want to practice the relevant scales of the key, I simply look at the letters and count the fingering for the corresponding note. It’s that easy.I will say that I do agree that the instructions are a wee bit too thin for my taste but music notation & theory is not a subject that the average player is adept with. Most folks are self taught like moi where theory is concerned. To really grasp it, one simply has to plod along actually performing the exercises repeatedly. But with rote repetition, eventually comes that “Eureka!” moment from time to time & more falls into place.Unlike some others, I’m not one to lug something this around in my gig bag. Who really is going to set & study material like this prior to a gig? That’s what you do at home and it’s called ‘Practice’ for a reason.I give this 5 out of 5 stars because it really is a fantastic learning tool & is relatively simple to use as long as you have some inkling of music theory. If not, you may want to take some lessons & then use this as a study guide along with your regular lessons.


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