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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

with J. Anthony Allen

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About The Class

A class designed for the electronic musician that want to take their tracks to the next level.


This is a class designed for the electronic musician who wants to bring new energy and compositional strength to their tracks. In this class, we'll focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic, interesting melodies and harmonies. Experience with music therory, the ability to play an instrument, or read music is not necessary! We will focus on how to use your DAW as your instrument of creation.

Topics include:

  • Using the Piano Roll Editor
  • Octaves
  • Finding C and Middle C
  • The Perfect 5th
  • What it means to be "in key"
  • Moveable Patterns
  • Major and Minor Intervals
  • Building Triads
  • Chord Progressions
  • 7th Chords
... And much more!

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Overview

    01:51
  2. 02

    The Piano Roll Editor

    06:16
  3. 03

    Octaves

    10:01
  4. 04

    Using Octaves

    06:13
  5. 05

    The Black Keys (not the band)

    07:55
  6. 06

    Finding C and Middle C

    06:09
  7. 07

    Section 1 Summary

    03:40
  8. 08

    The Perfect Fifth

    06:06
  9. 09

    Finding Fifths

    05:26
  10. 10

    Being "In Key"

    05:00
  11. 11

    The Pattern of a Key

    06:54
  12. 12

    Fifth Examples

    08:53
  13. 13

    Moveable Patterns

    05:21
  14. 14

    The Major and Minor Third

    04:28
  15. 15

    Building Triads

    12:32
  16. 16

    Chord Progressions

    05:48
  17. 17

    What is Diatonic?

    04:17
  18. 18

    Finding All The Chords

    09:11
  19. 19

    Roman Numerals

    05:03
  20. 20

    Example Song Analysis No. 1

    09:58
  21. 21

    Inversions

    08:23
  22. 22

    7th Chords - Overview

    04:25
  23. 23

    Diatonic 7th Chords

    02:03
  24. 24

    Maj7 (Major 7) Example

    08:26
  25. 25

    Dominant 7th Chords

    06:11
  26. 26

    Blues and the 7th Chord

    02:20
  27. 27

    The Fourth

    06:46
  28. 28

    The Second

    04:37
  29. 29

    The Sixth

    01:58
  30. 30

    Song Analysis No. 2

    15:54
  31. 31

    Wrap Up

    02:33

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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  • exoslime

    exoslime

    June 2016

    this is great and very helpfull class, i make and wirte music for more than 2 decades and never gave much about theory, i trusted my feelings to what sound good and what not. Bu t recently i became interested but it all seemed very difficult to me and i didnt got the points behind music theory and how everyhing works together. This class was a game changer for me.. music theory is so simple if you have somebody to explain it in words so that you finally can understand it, and thats Anthony, he is a brilliant guy and he explains it in a simple way that you can easily understand whats going on. This is perfectly the case with this course, the sections are short and to the point, not much talking around and leaving the path, you can make fast progress end learn how music theory works, this is a 5 Star ***** course and hopefully there is more to come

  • Emane Filali

    Emane Filali

    December 2017

    Fabulous course. As a person with dyslexia, trying to remember the notes and chords as letters only is impossible. I love the visual way the chords are demonstrated and explained. I was originally put off by the "electronic" aspect, thinking it was only for learning how to use piano edit roller. However, as a beginner in playing the piano, this course is applicable to all who want to learn and understand music theory in an interesting visual way. Looking forward to next lesson. Will definately be purchasing the course after. Fantastic tutor and course.

  • Giulio Lazaretti

    Giulio Lazaretti

    March 2018

    Very good class!! Makes it much easier to understand and apply the rules of theory. Anthony is also very wise to suggest to trust your ears, even if what you've written doesn't fit into those same rules. I am so very grateful for you putting this together, Anthony, and for making it available for the general public, Creative Live. I am also very glad I was given the opportunity to learn english in my home country (Brazil), in which many barely know how to read and write in our own native language (portuguese) due to our public education being so bad (which, by its turn, has to do with the myriad of vile creatures that inhabit our representative chambers). Tks XoXo!

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