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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2: Minor Keys and More

with J. Anthony Allen

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About The Class

Featuring tracks by Avicii, Aphex Twin, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Daft Punk, Boards of Canada, and more!


In the first part of Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, we learned how to work with the piano roll editor in a DAW to make harmonies, melodies, and whole tracks. In this second part, we'll expand on those ideas. We'll work with minor keys, focus some time on melody and bassline writing, and we'll talk about how different tracks work. 


Extensive Analysis 

In this class, we feature an extensive track analysis segment by Daft Punk, Avicii, Skrillex, and many more. In each of these segments, we'll look at their tracks on the piano roll editor. We'll talk about why they sound the way they do, and how you can use similar techniques in your own music. Each of these segments picks apart multiple elements of the song and dissects it in an easily digestiable manner. 


Who should take this course? 

Anyone interested in producing their own tracks. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.


Structure 

This course consists of video lectures, which all contain a session in Ableton Live 9. If you are using a different program (or none at all), no worries! This isn't a class on how to use Ableton Live, and the concepts can be applied to any DAW.  


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Welcome and Overview

    04:15
  2. 02

    Analysis: Shame on Me (Avicii)

    22:26
  3. 03

    Minor Scales

    06:27
  4. 04

    Relative Keys

    11:04
  5. 05

    Minor Diatonic Chord Progressions

    12:09
  6. 06

    The Case of the Melodic and Harmonic Minor Scales

    05:26
  7. 07

    Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff

    26:08
  8. 08

    The Circle of Fifths

    09:49
  9. 09

    Changing Keys Within Your Track

    14:01
  10. 10

    Analysis: Get Lucky (Daft Punk)

    26:06
  11. 11

    7th Chords in Minor

    16:38
  12. 12

    9ths and 13ths

    09:09
  13. 13

    Suspended Chords

    05:04
  14. 14

    Reading a Chord Chart

    11:02
  15. 15

    ster and Unnamed Chords

    03:48
  16. 16

    Analysis: Everything You Do is a Balloon (Boars of Canada)

    21:15
  17. 17

    Writing Melodies for Chord Progressions

    14:32
  18. 18

    Writing Chord Progressions for Melodies

    13:55
  19. 19

    Counter Melody with Apreggiators

    12:24
  20. 20

    Analysis: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Skrillex)

    28:26
  21. 21

    Bass lines: Follow the Root Note

    13:23
  22. 22

    Bass Riffs

    08:49
  23. 23

    Get Muddy

    03:02
  24. 24

    Analysis: Windowlicker

    12:44
  25. 25

    Chromaticism

    03:44
  26. 26

    Thanks and Bye!

    01:16

Meet Your Expert

J. Anthony Allen

Dr. J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. ... read more

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  • MikeD

    MikeD

    October 2018

    Well, I slobbered all over you after your first class and this one is as good or better. I realize people don't go to college for 12 years and learn what you shared in a few hours and you didn't earn your doctorate with just this stuff. I mean Julliard must offer a lot more, but you have advanced my knowledge by miles and I've got to say thank you. Make some more of these simple, common talk courses - I'll buy them all.

  • Nick van Lochem

    Nick van Lochem

    February 2018

    This course its so good he makes it al sound so easy. that ists easy to remember and use in your creations.

  • Scott Vincent

    January 2018

    Very cool class - learned a lot from this class as well as from the Part 1 class. Highly recommend both classes!

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