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Practical Music Theory Know-How

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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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Slootorp
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Awesome

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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase


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Stringvester
Submitted 8 months ago

this guy is great!!

just great


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Cap'n Spanky
Submitted 1 year ago

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!!

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Reaper


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Boisdechene
Submitted 1 year ago

Practical Music Theory

Absolutely the best video for beginners .. great!


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Captnrich
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Studio One


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beliuna
Submitted 2 years ago

LOVE THIS TUT!!!

i love Tom's tutorials ...this one is no exception ...can't wait for the next series !!!

I am a: Semi-Pro


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raygeek
Submitted 2 years ago

very easy to understand

good building blocks for song arranging

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OteyTheProducer
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Very helpful

I learned some info about half steps and whole steps


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chrisedu
Submitted 2 years ago

great teacher

this is an example where the teacher makes a difference!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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Slootorp
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Awesome

Awesome!

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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

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Stringvester
Submitted 8 months ago

this guy is great!!

just great

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Cap'n Spanky
Submitted 1 year ago

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!!

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Boisdechene
Submitted 1 year ago

Practical Music Theory

Absolutely the best video for beginners .. great!

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Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Captnrich
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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beliuna
Submitted 2 years ago

LOVE THIS TUT!!!

i love Tom's tutorials ...this one is no exception ...can't wait for the next series !!!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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raygeek
Submitted 2 years ago

very easy to understand

good building blocks for song arranging

I am a: Hobbyist

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OteyTheProducer
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Very helpful

I learned some info about half steps and whole steps

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chrisedu
Submitted 2 years ago

great teacher

this is an example where the teacher makes a difference!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music? I sat on my mom's lap when I was three while she played Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique, and Flight of the Bumble Bee. I started classical piano training at age 6, about the same time I was hearing the music of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Drum lessons came at age 8.

2. What training have you had? New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Music, with distinction award, Classical Piano with Nevarte Adrian, Madame Chaloff, Thomas Stumpf, Deborah Moriarity, Leonard Shure, and Yoriko Takahashi. Jazz Piano with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, and Jaki Byard. Schoenberg Theory of (diatonic) Harmony with Joe Manieri.

3. When did you get into recording? First recording was with a sound on sound 2 track reel to reel probably when I was 12 or so. Then later on to a 4 track Tascam cassette machine, an 8 track Fostex reel to reel, then 24 track 2 inch tape recording at Elias associates in NY, to 32 track Digital Mitsubishi (tape) in Los Angeles, and of course, on to the world of computers from Atari to Mac to PC back to Mac, and oh, wishing I owned a 16 track 2 inch!

4. People you have worked with/for? Michael Brecker, Will Lee, Phoebe Snow, Jeff Miranov, Sid McGinnis, Patti Austin, Tone Loc, Rafi, Rita Marley, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Gilberto Gil, Celia Cruz, Eddie Gomez, Marcus Miller, Marianne Faithful, Ofra Haza, Ron Carter . . .

5. Why are you so good at training people? My outstanding personality! Studying both jazz and classical music has given me a broad understanding of the fundamentals of music. I try to convey these fundamentals as clearly as possible, and also to remember that music is primarily about inspiration - you get the technical understanding so that part becomes transparent, and the rest can flow.

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