About

You can't always be playing, but you can be thinking

GuitarThinker can help you build and retain your mental muscles while you are away from a fretboard, as well as be a guide while you are practicing guitar.

GuitarThinker quizzes are designed to help you lock in what you've learned, and badges for each quiz prove to yourself and to the world that you've mastered the knowledge.

Guitar Thinking

The best guitar players can be described as Guitar Thinkers. Guitar "thinking" is being thoughtful with note selection, chord progressions, and sometimes playing less rather than more, focusing on the "right" note, or the "interesting" note or chord.

What exactly does it take to become a Guitar Thinker? Consistent learning and practicing is the key. The goal of GuitarThinker is to help you consistently study and explore, and to build the mental models necessary to play thoughtfully.

Who builds GuitarThinker?

My name is Nate Dean. I have been a professional guitar player for 20 years, in both Kansas City and Nashville. I have been a music director and worship leader for over 10 years. Even though I've been playing for a while, I'm still learning and practicing, just like you!

If you are curious, here's a video of me playing the guitar. Be kind, this was one take, but it's a good quality video.

Here's a song a wrote and recorded a long time ago, and a video introduction (although not a particularly good one) to the Nashville Number System. The song is good though!

I have been a professional software developer for over 10 years. I'm interested in building tools that help people.

I'd like to build things that improve your life, and your journey as a musician. The badges, quizzes, leaderboards and interactive diagrams are here to help make the studying process fun and engaging. After learning something new it can be very helpful to continue to study and practice it over time. Thanks for reading, thanks for using GuitarThinker, and best of luck on your music!