This course can be taken by absolute beginners with zero experience and covers all of music theory rudiments, which normally takes around a year of classes to complete. There is homework at the end of each lesson, and you’ll learn much better if you complete it before moving onto the next video. Music theory is useful for any instrument and composition. I hope you find this helpful! ^_^
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Intro to the series, staff, bar lines, double bar lines, basic clefs, the grand staff.
Notes on the grand staff, (treble clef lines and spaces, bass clef lines and spaces, plus 3 ledger lines) This helps you learn to read sheet music.
Different types of note names and values, stem direction.
Time Signatures, counting, beats, metronome explained, and rhythm.
Dotted notes, triplets, duple time vs compound time, strong and weak beats.
Rest grouping, more on strong, medium and weak beats in duple, triple and quadruple times.
Semi-tones and whole tones explained, how to draw a keyboard on paper to help to visualize notes, sharps, flats and naturals.
Different types of semi-tones; chromatic and diatonic.
Major scale, formula for major scales using semi-tones and whole tones.
Natural, harmonic and melodic minor scales explained. Relationship between "relative" majors and minors.
Key Signatures explained. Order of sharps and flats.
Circle of fifths. Sometimes called "circle of keys".
Finding the key of a piece.
Intermediate intervals (major/minor/perfect intervals), double sharps and double flats.
Advanced intervals (diminished/augmented intervals).
Major and minor Triads/3-Note-Chords, how to build chords with theory, inversions.
Basic melody writing tips. Q & A.
Level one terms list. Italian musical terms.
A recap of all we’ve learned so far in exam format. (Don’t worry, it’s not too scary!)
Fixing errors, a check list to look for.
Transposition from Major to Major.
Cadences, Perfect, Plagal, Imperfect and Deceptive. How to write a perfect and plagal cadence.
32nd, 64th, 128th notes and rests, dots, triplet, duplet, quadruplet and more! Rhythmic lesson!
Modal scales. "Church modes"
Italian terms list Level 2.
Exam for Level 2
Tetra effect, pentatonic scale, and whole tone scale.
Blues scale, 12 tone technique (not great detail), poly-chords, tone clusters, and quartal chords.
More on intervals. Enharmonic changes and inverting.
Compound intervals and the process of inverting them also.
The Roman numerals for each chord in a major, and minor scale. Plus how we number inversions in harmonic analysis.
Open and close chords, as well as doubling.
Dominate & Diminished 7th chords.
Transposition from minor to minor, explanation why minor to major isn’t really practical.
S A T B and different score types.
The Imperfect Cadence.
Melody writing techniques using perfect and imperfect cadences.
Hybrid time signatures.
Time signature changes, and also syncopations.
Orchestral instruments, including how to transpose instruments like Bb Trumpet, F English Horn, and more into concert pitch!
Structure in music, including Binary form and Ternary form.
Non chord (non harmonic) tones.
Terms list for level 3.
Final Exam for music Rudiments.