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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

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Section 1 Summary

J. Anthony Allen

Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

J. Anthony Allen

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7. Section 1 Summary

Lesson Info

Section 1 Summary

Okay. Last thing on this first chunk is I want to talk really quick about kind of a summary of what we've learned in this first part. Which is this If you're writing, if you're creating stuff here and the piano roll editor, remember this one concept this can kind of summarize everything in a very kind of Broadway. If if you're just blindly adding notes, add on Lee White notes If you if you do on Lee White notes, you're going to be pretty safe. You're not gonna make extremely interesting music that way, but it'll be pretty safe. The odds of something something really terrible are pretty low, right, because you're writing all in the key of C major. If you stick toe on Lee White notes. So white notes safe. If you start adding in black notes and you don't know what you're doing, then you have the chance of making something sound. Really. Ah, the word we would use is dissonant, which is also to say kind of ugly. So when you start combining white notes and black notes is when things get dang...

erous, Okay, so stick to only white notes and you'll be safe. Uh, stick toe Onley. Black notes, actually, and you'll be safe as well. Um, you can do that. You can write in Onley black notes, and it'll sound pretty good. Um, combining white notes and black notes is where things get tricky. Um, but it's also where interesting music it's made. If you look at any piece of music that you enjoy, listening to the odds that it Onley has white notes are is pretty low. If it's interesting music, it probably combines white notes and black notes in some kind of interesting way. So, uh, basically what the rest of this class, what we're gonna be talking about is how to incorporate black notes to make more interesting, uh, music, right? So we have, Ah, the white notes just make everything sound just fine, just fine and kind of boring. But we want things to sound more interesting, So we need to combine and learn how to combine the black notes into our harmonies to make them more lively and much more cool. So keep in mind that key concept just white notes, you're gonna be pretty safe, just black notes, pretty safe. You combine them. You kind of got to know what you're doing. So moving on, we're gonna be talking about ways of combining the black notes to, uh, make really interesting music. Good up next, Uh, moving into the next section, we're going to talk about more intervals. Remember in the very first video I was talking about, Ah, we learned our first interval, which was an octave. So we're gonna focus on a couple more intervals now, and ah, some of them are going to introduce some of those black notes. So, um, this is how we we get comfortable. Combining them is by looking at interval. So off we go into part two.

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!