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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

  2. 02

    The Piano Roll Editor

  3. 03


  4. 04

    Using Octaves

  5. 05

    The Black Keys (not the band)

  6. 06

    Finding C and Middle C

  7. 07

    Section 1 Summary

  8. 08

    The Perfect Fifth

  9. 09

    Finding Fifths

  10. 10

    Being "In Key"

  11. 11

    The Pattern of a Key

  12. 12

    Fifth Examples

  13. 13

    Moveable Patterns

  14. 14

    The Major and Minor Third

  15. 15

    Building Triads

  16. 16

    Chord Progressions

  17. 17

    What is Diatonic?

  18. 18

    Finding All The Chords

  19. 19

    Roman Numerals

  20. 20

    Example Song Analysis No. 1

  21. 21


  22. 22

    7th Chords - Overview

  23. 23

    Diatonic 7th Chords

  24. 24

    Maj7 (Major 7) Example

  25. 25

    Dominant 7th Chords

  26. 26

    Blues and the 7th Chord

  27. 27

    The Fourth

  28. 28

    The Second

  29. 29

    The Sixth

  30. 30

    Song Analysis No. 2

  31. 31

    Wrap Up


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


    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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