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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

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Chord Progressions

J. Anthony Allen

Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

J. Anthony Allen

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16. Chord Progressions

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Chord Progressions

Okay, let's make a core progression. Now. Core progression is simply put, a progression of courts. It's what just about every single song you've ever heard is based on. You can think of a core progression as like the skeleton of a song. We we take a core progression and then we add bass drums, vocals, guitars, keyboards, other stuff to it. And that's what makes up a song. So now that we know how keys work, we can figure out what cords are gonna work. So let's start with a Ah, we're in the key of C. Let's start with a C major chord. See e g 13 and five. Okay, let's take the all the way to the end of this beat. Now let's add another court. Um, I can start my court on any available note in the key. Let's dio um ah, let's do yes, I want to Money notes. Here it's cycling over, so I have C two C. Now let's do a so a see clip, Skip B and then I'm going to skip D and then go to E O E. So 135 in a make that now what? Let's go to two. How about two? Um, so I'm gonna start on a D. The reason I sa...

id to is because we call this the two chord a chord built on the second scale degree. We'll talk more about that later. Um, so let's start on it. So we're gonna build a D court here, so it's gonna be d skip one f is my f and then Skip one. And now let's do How about a G chord? Uh, so I built G. I'm going to skip a and have a B. I skip, see, and I go to de Ah, Okay, Now I have a little chord progression. Let's get rid of my extra notes here, and let's slow this way down so that it kind of feels better. Let's just here. Okay, So the core progression I have here is C major to A to 34 a minor to D minor to G major. So I have see Major, a minor D minor and G major. Now, one thing you can take away from this, other than how to build courts, is that a typical core progression alternates between major and minor chords, not alternates as in. There's a major court than a minor chord that it made record on my record. It's not that systematic. It's that a core progression is made up of some major chords and some minor chords. That doesn't mean that when you're hearing the major chord, it sounds happy. And when you're hearing the minor recorded sound sad, Um, it's that the whole thing, the whole core progression, is going to give a sense of how this song feels. So this one has a bit of a sad sounds good, I think. But I could probably make this feel reasonably happy if I just sped it up on. Then let's you know what? Let's just let's just get weird with it. Um, let's throw some kind of little drum groove on it. Um, we find something built in here bouncy. I hate that. I hate that Luke by me. Use it anyway. Ah, let's just here we got sounds pretty happy. Now. It's all about contacts. So our first court progression Now, as we move into the next section, we're gonna talk about this this term called a diatonic chord progression. Um, I want to spend a lot of time on that because that is how we write songs as how we write stuff. It is. Ah, well, I'll leave you in suspense. Let's jump over to that next.

Class Description

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!

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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

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

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!