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Music Theory and Notation Tutorial

Music Theory Explained

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Length: 4hr 35min 3sec
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The Basics

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction to Sound

    8:23

    Discover how sound can generate sound waves at either ordered periodic frequencies that have a strong fundamental pitch, or as chaotic irregular unordered patterns that are perceived of as noise.

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    Tutorial 2

    Notes & Names

    7:33

    Learn how to identify all of the notes on a piano keyboard, as well as how to determine if the distance, or interval, between adjacent notes is a half step or whole step.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Staff & Clefs

    9:21

    See how the notes on a piano keyboard correspond with the lines and spaces on musical staves, and how to determine the note names for staves with both a treble clef and a bass clef.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Major Scale

    5:30

    Explore how to construct a major scale in the key of C major, and learn the names and numbers associated with each degree, or step, of the scale.

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    Tutorial 5

    Intervals

    10:38

    Watch how to determine the quality of both simple and compound intervals.

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    Tutorial 6

    Key Signatures / Circle of Fifths

    7:28

    Discover how the most closely related keys are a perfect fourth or fifth away, and how to use key signatures to identify them.

Meter and Time

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    Tutorial 7

    Meter & Time Signatures

    8:11

    See how time signatures divide and measure time into discreet units of time called bars, which are based on pulses, beats, and sub divisions.

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    Tutorial 8

    Note Lengths

    6:51

    Learn about the length or duration of the various different note values.

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    Tutorial 9

    Eighth & Sixteenth Notes

    8:22

    Get detailed instruction on eight and sixteenth notes and how to read their note values.

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    Tutorial 10

    Rests

    9:48

    Rests define silent space within music, learn about the various rest values and how to read them.

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    Tutorial 11

    Dotted Notes & Ties

    14:11

    Discover how to read and recognize dotted notes and ties.

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    Tutorial 12

    Triplets, Tuplets & Tempo

    12:12

    Explore how to read and recognize dotted notes and ties.

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    Tutorial 13

    Grooves

    10:42

    See how note values relate to drum patterns and grooves.

Scales and Harmony

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    Tutorial 14

    Working with Major Scales

    7:51

    Get some exercises and techniques to help you learn and master major scales.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Natural Minor Scale

    7:00

    Learn the fundamental concepts and principles behind minor scales and how they are created.

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    Tutorial 16

    Harmonic & Melodic Minor Scales

    10:18

    Discover the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales, two variations of the natural minor scale. Also hear how to practice them with the previous exercises.

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    Tutorial 17

    Harmony

    11:04

    Explore the nature of harmonic relationships between the different scale tones, as we learn to construct triads built on a scales tonic, sub dominant, and dominant degrees.

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    Tutorial 18

    Diatonic Triads & Roman Numerals

    8:37

    See how representing triads built on the different degrees of a scale with roman numerals can be used to identify their function within a given key signature.

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    Tutorial 19

    Minor Scale Triads

    6:40

    Discover how triads are constructed on natural and harmonic minor scale degrees and how they are represented by the Roman numeral system.

Inversions and Arpeggios

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    Tutorial 20

    Triad Inversions

    7:49

    Discover how to arrange the notes of a triad in inversions, so that either the third or the fifth degree of the triad is at the bottom.

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    Tutorial 21

    Arpeggios & More

    7:23

    Learn how arpeggios are built and also some helpful exercises for practicing and remembering them.

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    Tutorial 22

    Voicing & Inversions

    9:35

    See some real world musical examples of how different voicings and inversions can really add some drama, color, and emotion to otherwise static harmonic progressions.

Movement and More

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    Tutorial 23

    Melodic Analysis

    8:47

    Melodies consist of either chord tones or non-chord tones. Learn the rules that guide and explain the movement of melodies in relation to their underlying harmonies.

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    Tutorial 24

    Secondary Dominants

    11:20

    See how secondary dominant chords are created and used to make a note other than the tonic sound like a tonic.

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    Tutorial 25

    Seventh Chords

    10:54

    Discover how different types of seventh chords are constructed and notated, and how their qualities are determined when built on major and minor scale degrees.

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    Tutorial 26

    Cadences & Modulation Chords

    11:09

    Learn how different types of cadences provide different types of resolution at the ends of musical phrases, and how they are used to modulate from one key to another within the same piece of music.

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    Tutorial 27

    Other Scales

    10:05

    Explore how whole tone, diminished, pentatonic, and blues scales are constructed and used.

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    Tutorial 28

    Notation

    9:49

    Learn about commonly used notation articulation and navigation markings that guide performers as they are reading music.

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    Tutorial 29

    Modes

    8:30

    See how the different modes pertaining to any given key signature maintain the exact same note pitches, but how the order of the notes is altered to modify the pattern of intervals contained within them.

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    Tutorial 30

    Sounds Like

    9:02

    Have fun putting all of your new knowledge and skills to work by playing along with some popular chord progressions.

Presented by life long musician and world class music technology instructor Eli Krantzberg, this collection of videos contains all you need to know to get started on your musical theory journey.

This information is the same info you get when you pay big dollars to go to music school and colleges. The series was designed for beginners who want to expand their musical horizons, and get the info needed to talk and communicate musically to other musicians, writers and performers on a professional level.

Learn the basics such as note names, staffs and clefs, scales, intervals, all the way to building complex chords and arpeggios, meter and times signatures, voicings and inversions and so much more. After learning this info, you'll be on your way to understanding music and composition in a much deeper way, enabling you to write music and collaborate with others in a professional way.

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hgutti91
Submitted 3 weeks ago

I'm so impressed

I bought this when I was in college. It's been years now, and I was in awe then - I'm still in awe now. I am so happy I have found a place in which I can dive into professional studies within music. As a student of music since my childhood, this is site/place is one I am so grateful for. Thank you for doing a phenomenal job of creating this.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist, Student

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Songstress
Submitted 1 month ago

Excellent for an eager beginner

Bought this today and I am so happy I did. I am professional singer who thus far hasn't read music BUT it's something I am eager to learn. An understanding of Music Theory can only enhance my love of singing.

I am a: Beginner, Professional

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JPut
Submitted 1 month ago

Music Theory Explained

These videos are a comprehensive review of basic music theory and terminology. A ‘must see’ for most musicians I would say and very well presented too.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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MagicLife
Submitted 1 month ago

A Great Refresher and More!

I studied music theory for a couple years in college, but I wanted to go a little further than the classes I took. I wanted to learn more about mixture, modulation, and other "off-key" techniques, as well as anything else I could pick up along the way. This series definitely delivered! It served as a great refresher toward the beginning for the material I had learned in class, and the end of the series was exactly what I had been hoping to learn with secondary dominants, interesting chord movement, as well as different types of scales and moving between them. He really builds the series up quite nicely, starting from very humble beginnings and explaining things in a way that makes a lot of sense. Excellent job, and I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking to get a basic to intermediate understanding of music theory!

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Student

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BrandTshepo
Submitted 1 month ago

All the Groove3 products.

Well thought out and executed video content; and great navigation. Well done. Please keep it up.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Guitar man
Submitted 2 months ago

Where else are you going to get this information?

Well presented, necessary information. Yes I like it!

I am a: Musician

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burcu
Submitted 4 months ago

good to start

satisfied with the overall explanations. modes section could be explained in a better way.

I am a: Beginner

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PARTYinMIAMI
Submitted 6 months ago

Lots of Great information.

This video covers music theory in a thorough and complete manner. Lots of examples and information to help you understand everything about the subject.

I am a: Hobbyist

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MrNate3
Submitted 6 months ago

#1 Best tutorial site ever.

I love the It.. But needs to ge more detailed in Music Theory's, "Scales and Harmony" section.

I am a: Beginner, Mastering Facility, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Beat Maker

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Timzone
Submitted 6 months ago

Excellent Intro

I learned much in this course. I've been making noise for a long time, now I want to understand the theory behind it and so this course was great for me. I'll be able to take better advantage of some of the soft and hard ware I have collected now. I think I will be inspired because I have new ideas of how to approach how I have fun.

I am a: Student

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Music Theory Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I'm so impressed I bought this when I was in college. It's been years now, and I was in awe then - I'm still in awe now. I am so happy I have found a place in which I can dive into professional studies within music. As a student of music since my childhood, this is site/place is one I am so grateful for. Thank you for doing a phenomenal job of creating this.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent for an eager beginner Bought this today and I am so happy I did. I am professional singer who thus far hasn't read music BUT it's something I am eager to learn. An understanding of Music Theory can only enhance my love of singing.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Music Theory Explained These videos are a comprehensive review of basic music theory and terminology. A ‘must see’ for most musicians I would say and very well presented too.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Great Refresher and More! I studied music theory for a couple years in college, but I wanted to go a little further than the classes I took. I wanted to learn more about mixture, modulation, and other "off-key" techniques, as well as anything else I could pick up along the way. This series definitely delivered! It served as a great refresher toward the beginning for the material I had learned in class, and the end of the series was exactly what I had been hoping to learn with secondary dominants, interesting chord movement, as well as different types of scales and moving between them. He really builds the series up quite nicely, starting from very humble beginnings and explaining things in a way that makes a lot of sense. Excellent job, and I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking to get a basic to intermediate understanding of music theory!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All the Groove3 products. Well thought out and executed video content; and great navigation. Well done. Please keep it up.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Where else are you going to get this information? Well presented, necessary information. Yes I like it!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good to start satisfied with the overall explanations. modes section could be explained in a better way.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lots of Great information. This video covers music theory in a thorough and complete manner. Lots of examples and information to help you understand everything about the subject.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from #1 Best tutorial site ever. I love the It.. But needs to ge more detailed in Music Theory's, "Scales and Harmony" section.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Intro I learned much in this course. I've been making noise for a long time, now I want to understand the theory behind it and so this course was great for me. I'll be able to take better advantage of some of the soft and hard ware I have collected now. I think I will be inspired because I have new ideas of how to approach how I have fun.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from a clean introduction and beyond at the last stations, i got lost somehow between all these scales etc., You really really have to practice and repeat and practice...
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial, Fantastic Teacher This course will make you smarter and more creative, it is worth every minute of your time to view and take notes, the instructor explains things in a way that any musician at any level will understand. Do not miss this course!
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ressource I'm like a kid in a candy shop! I feel there is everything to get back to production. (I'm a old Impulse tracker/groovebox/sampler user) so when i bought studio one I found out groove3 had a tons of quality content! on everything! from music theory to 'inspiration' to studio one and all the more advanced content that i will need to tackle later (mastering etc).
Date published: 2016-03-11