Montana W. wrote:
umm... this might sound stupid but it is a serious question
wat is theroy?
I've sat here for five minutes trying to come up with a concise answer for that, and honestly, I'm a bit stumped. So that makes it a good question.
So I'm throwing up my answer. Anyone else that has one, please step forward and be heard!
Music theory is "the rules" that you would use to write songs, play your instrument, improvise, and do the other things we as musicians do. A random jumble of tones does not make a song, any more than a random splattering of paint makes a picture. Just as a painter knows how to use color and line to create an image, a musician uses theory to choose notes for harmony, and melody.
So for example, when you sit down at Grandma's house and she starts banging out Christmas tunes on the piano and wants you to play along, she might say "This song is in the key of G." Theory would guide you as to what notes and chords would be appropriate for that key, and help you play along with the song even if you've never heard it before, as it will follow those same rules.
Now, do you need theory to play? No, you don't. Will it make you a better player? I think so. Will it help you learn to play faster? I'd state categorically yes.
Sometimes those rules seem a bit arcane, or confusing, so this forum was created to help us understand and apply it to our playing.
Did that help, or should we get another batter in the box?
Someday we'll win this thing...