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“I don’t need music theory, bro! That’ll just cockblock my creativity!” If you’ve ever thought or said something as remotely douchey as that, then this article is for you. Now here’s where you’re right: you definitely don’t need to learn every obscure music term and rule in order to be successful. Just because another musician knows what an “augmented-G-sharp-inverted-dimished-clusterfuck” is and you don’t doesn’t make them a “better” artist. With that being said, there are still enormous efficiency, communication, analytical, and compositional advantages for learning the basics of music theory. Think about it in terms of participation in a marathon. You could decide to run...

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