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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2: Minor Keys and More

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Welcome and Overview

J. Anthony Allen

Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2: Minor Keys and More

J. Anthony Allen

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1. Welcome and Overview


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1 Welcome and Overview Duration:04:15
3 Minor Scales Duration:06:27
4 Relative Keys Duration:11:03
7 Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff Duration:26:08
8 The Circle of Fifths Duration:09:48
11 7th Chords in Minor Duration:16:38
12 9ths and 13ths Duration:09:08
13 Suspended Chords Duration:05:03
14 Reading a Chord Chart Duration:11:02
15 ster and Unnamed Chords Duration:03:47
22 Bass Riffs Duration:08:49
23 Get Muddy Duration:03:02
24 Analysis: Windowlicker Duration:12:44
25 Chromaticism Duration:03:43
26 Thanks and Bye! Duration:01:15

Lesson Info

Welcome and Overview

Hey, everyone, welcome to music theory for electronic musicians. Dio I just finished recording the whole class. So I skipped this video, the intro thing, and I did the whole class took me about a month. Um, and now I'm jumping back to do the intro class so I can tell you what's in the class. Tons of awesome stuff. Um ah. Lot of improvements from the original music theory for electronic musicians. One which have since we done now. But, um, most notably, Ah, well, we talk a lot about minor keys, which is ah, big request that I got after releasing the first music three for electronic musicians video or set our class, I should say, um, so a lot of minor keys, a lot of minor chords, um, doing more extensive stuff with that. We also spend a good amount of time talking about creating melodies, creating baselines, Um, and throughout it, we talk about creating chords and harmonies for your track. So it's kind of got a ah production spin to it and a composition spin to it. But mostly we talk abo...

ut, um, how to find things that sound good when you're working on. That's kind of the main thing that class is about. Um, also in this class, I've incorporated a ton of analysis sections. So by analysis, that doesn't mean, like, don't freak out about analysis. What that means is that, um we pick a tune who pick it apart, and, um, look at what chords they did in the tune. What's the core progression? What's the baseline? What's the melody? How does it all work together? Maybe. How did they come up with that? All kinds of different ideas. Ah, around each individual tune. So I think we pick apart in Avici Tune, Dead Mouse Tune and effects Twin tune. Um, a couple more. Um so those were a lot of fun to make. Um, I think they'll be really useful to you. Ah, you can hear in all of those songs will be able to hear elements that you might want to use in your music. You might say, Oh, that that chord progression in, you know, in window licker that a fixed when tune, um, has this really cool kind of sense to it that I really like this cool feeling And so what were doing with these analysis sections? is trying to pull out that feeling, trying to figure out why it sounds that way so that you can incorporate it into your music. So we cover telling the stuff in this class. Um, it's big. There's there's, ah, a lot of things in here. There's a lot of videos. Ah, lot of content. I'm really happy with it, though. I think, um, I think it'll be really useful to you. It was fun to make, and I really hope you enjoy it. So ah, get ready to dive in Ah, and learn about all these little dots on the page and are on the screen and how they work to make some cool music. So we'll see you on the inside. I was.

Class Description

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.


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.  



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

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

Scott Vincent

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