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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

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Moveable Patterns

J. Anthony Allen

Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

J. Anthony Allen

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13. Moveable Patterns

Lesson Info

Moveable Patterns

All right. Welcome to you. The third unit. Ah, and music theory for electronic musicians in this chunk, we're gonna be talking about a little more with keys. Eso a couple more tips and things. I want you to remember about being in key. Ah, working with the interval of 1/3 we're gonna introduce the third and our basic triad. And a triad is a fancy way to say Accord. It's a specific kind of chord, but, um, it is our most basic chord. So we're gonna talk about how to build cords, um, in this unit as well. So let's start off with one more thing about keys that I want you to keep in mind. So let me make clip. Here. Let me just load up my piano exam. Starting fresh for today. I always grab this one in the simpler grand piano. Okay, let's make this nice and big for us. Let's zoom in over here so we can see pretty well. Okay, so I'm just gonna get it started off. Ah, by writing in our major scale. Right. So let's start on C. Let's make a nice long see, it's make it two beats long Uh huh. OK, a...

nd let's maybe go up in octave. Just because I'm in that kind of mood, we want to hear it too low right now. Okay, Now, let's just draw the pattern of a major scale, right? So I'm just gonna copy the snow. Full step, whole step hasta will step, whole step. Whole step half step. There we go. Now, those are all the notes in the key of C major in this octave. Now, if you've ever played an instrument or worked with other instrumentalists at all, like a saxophone player, a clarinet player or something like that, you know that when we change a key, they have to do a lot of really quick thinking on their toes to remember all the notes of a given keep. So you might say, Okay, we're in C major, and they have to think Okay. Ah, yeah. Okay. I know all the notes of C Major, and they say, Okay, we're switching to the key of F, and that's, uh okay. Ah, and they have to figure it out in their head really fast. For us, it's a little bit easier. We don't have to memorize every note in every key because we know the pattern and the pattern is the same for all keys. All major keys anyway. Eso So if we want to figure out the key of F, for example, we can just do the pattern, The whole supposed to pass that pattern. Ah, starting on. And that would get us there. But there's another way to the other way is this pattern is uniform it it stays the same Ah, as we move it around So it's moveable as we say. So if I I'm gonna make this gross sound by just highlighting everything really quick, it's actually kind of an enjoyable sounded me now. So I'm in the key of C. Let's say I want to figure out the key of f This pattern isn't going to change. All I got to do is set what is now see to be f so I'm just gonna use the arrow keys way. There we go. Now I'm in the key of f. I'm just moving it up and down. If I want to be in the key of e boom now, I'm on in the key of e. Right. Um I want to be in the key of D sharp. This is what these air all the notes in the key of d sharp. So this is a movable pattern. Tow us. Now that's only true. If you're using all the white notes and all the black notes, is it a movable pattern? So, um, if you are playing, see major on a keyboard and you just shifted your hands up and ignored the black notes, you're not going to be playing the major, for example. Okay, here's C major, right. We had our hands on the piano on all the white notes. Now, if I move this two d major on and I just and I was playing the piano and I just like, shifted over Ah, it wouldn't necessarily work because my fingers wouldn't go to this f sharp and this c sharp if I was physically playing the piano. That's what I'm talking about. Um, because the black notes are kind of setback. There are a little bit different, Um, but when we're working on a piano roll editor like this, all the notes are the same, so we can just slide that way. All the notes are the same

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!