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Practical Music Theory Know-How

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12 Videos | Length: 2hr 6min 29sec
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Chapter 1 : Triads

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    Structure & Formation of Triads

    Tom lays out the basic structure of root position triads (three note chords) and how these triads are derived from the major scale. Improvisation exercises are also suggested and demonstrated.

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    Voicing Triads

    This video explores how triads can be voiced with the commonly used block chords, but also introduces more open choral style chords. Learning these open "voicings" is a vital step to growing one's harmonic vocabulary.

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    Moving Between Triads

    Tom demonstrates and explores how the open voiced triads can move from one to another, creating aesthetically pleasing voice leading of a type found in styles ranging from classical to jazz to gospel to pop.

Chapter 2 : Seventh Chords

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    Structure & Formation of Seventh Chords

    Tom now applies the concepts learned in the first triad video to seventh chords, which are chords made up of four notes derived from the major scale.

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    Voicing Seventh Chords

    This video explores the various ways that seventh chords can be voiced in block style, and as above in open choral style. The role of the dominant chord is also explored.

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    Moving Between Seventh Chords

    Movement between seventh chords is now explored in greater depth. Reaching this stage of this course opens up a new palette of harmonic possibilities!

Chapter 3 : Playing in 12 Keys

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    Concepts of Playing in 12 Keys

    Tom explains the circle of fifths and how this tool can be used to simplify the process of learning to play and think in different keys, utilizing the concepts learned in chapters 1 and 2.

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    The Must Know I, IV & V Chords

    Tom now reveals the necessity of knowing the I, IV and V chords in different keys, and re-emphasizes that knowing these chords is greatly simplified by understanding how these chords are derived from the scale.

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    Seeing Scales as Modes

    Furthering the simplification process, Tom explains and demonstrates how "seeing" the major scale of each key as a simple major mode (taking a minds-eye picture) opens up chordal and melodic thinking.

Chapter 4 : The Minor System

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    Introducing the Minor System

    Tom explains the minor system and its derivation from the relative major scale, and introduces the first of the three minor scale types. The chords derived from the "natural" minor scale are explained and demonstrated with improvisation exercises.

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    Harmonic Minor Scale & the Use of Discretion

    Tom simplifies the harmonic minor scale and explains and demonstrates the primary reason for and function of this scale. Reinforcing exercises and improvisations are also shown!

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    Melodic Minor Scale & More on Discretion

    The melodic minor scale is now presented in this video, and the role of discretion in the minor system, such as using taste and aesthetic preference to explore the chordal and melodic options is further explored.

Product Overview


In this in-depth video series, theory wiz Tom Regis explains the essential components of harmony, and emphasizes the simplicity of a music system based on a seven note scale, all while providing inspirational musical examples and ideas!

Tom starts with the necessary foundational topics of building and voicing triads, which are needed to move deeper into the video series. After investing your time in those, you’ll be on the same page as Tom, and the fun begins!

See how to move between triads with cool voicings, how to structure and form 7th chords, as well as voice and move between them, how to play in 12 keys, demystifying the Minor System, and the ins and outs of both Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales and how to use discretion when playing them and applying them to music.

Tom Regis is a performing keyboardist, composer and the author of the book “From Beethoven to Bill Evans: Western Harmony Simplified.”

Get a broader understanding of more complex harmonic ideas and take your music theory knowledge, playing, and composing up a notch… Watch “Practical Music Theory Know-How” today!


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Practical Music Theory Know-How is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 21 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent hard subject made accessible and meaningful
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Good vibes. Good info. Solid foundation for anyone learning, and a great refresher for those who have learned.
Date published: 2021-02-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Riveting A good teacher makes all the difference. This is a good teacher. Always a good thing to touch base with music theory once in a while. I am more of a guitarist than a piano player, but the lessons are still very useful and easily transferred across instruments. Well thought out, and well delivered practical music theory tutorials.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely Helpful! Tom is a really really good teacher! Great Teacher!
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love it!! Hi, the truth is, this is a little more advanced for me but i did learn few things, Dear Tom, can you please break up this training to beginner and advanced? .. would you please consider giving clear exercises about all portions of your lessons to practice practically? I would love to master every concept you illustrated in here.
Date published: 2020-11-06
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Difficult to Follow This instructor gave overall correct information but made things harder than needed. The number system is sooo easy to explain... he made it confusing. His Circle of 5ths explanation was clumsy and inaccurate. I had to stop watching after he said the a G chord had a sharp (black key).... it doesn't. I can't recommend this video.
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I highly recommend these lessons Quality web functionality, well organised lessons. Quality well thought out tutored lessons, amazing amount of lessons giving great value for money. Thank you.
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Easier than full blown Music Theory As someone who has always had a hard time grasping music theory and doesn't have the time to be constantly at music, I've gotten more out of this course than I have in trying to learn music theory in the past. I only wish the Keys played, when played, were lit or highlighted as I'm more a visual pattern person than remembering labels. But that is me.
Date published: 2020-06-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent for any one wanting music wisdom very easy to understand and apply
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love it It is a must have!
Date published: 2019-12-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb! This series from Tom is brilliant! With great pacing and instruction, it's a must see for an insight into understanding musical structure.
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Awesome!
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! Very very skilled teachter! And can do it so simple. This course shows how a highly skilled teacher can teach in a simple way.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from this guy is great!! just great
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This review is for all of Tom Regis's videos I wanted to take a moment to say how excellent ALL of the Tom Regis videos are. The information he provides has been so useful to me. At first, I didn't totally get it. The courses are not highly structured or ridged. It seemed a little "loosey goosey" at first and I mentioned that in another review. But I was wrong and want to take that statement back. What he really does is make the information approachable, easy to understand, and easy to assimilate into your own music. In fact I have used what he taught in my songwriting. Truly great stuff!!
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Practical Music Theory Absolutely the best video for beginners .. great!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Music Theory Was pretty good. This, along with Eli Krantzberg's video on theory is an excellent education and practical , useful foundation for a music career.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS TUT!!! i love Tom's tutorials ...this one is no exception ...can't wait for the next series !!!
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very easy to understand good building blocks for song arranging
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful I learned some info about half steps and whole steps
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great teacher this is an example where the teacher makes a difference!
Date published: 2017-07-03
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