Music Theory & Notation Tutorial

Practical Music Theory Know-How

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Chapter 1: Triads

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    Structure & Formation of Triads (9:06)


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    Voicing Triads (10:17)


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    Moving Between Triads (11:49)


Chapter 2: Seventh Chords

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    Structure & Formation of Seventh Chords (11:01)


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    Voicing Seventh Chords (7:30)


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    Moving Between Seventh Chords (12:09)


Chapter 3: Playing in 12 Keys

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    Concepts of Playing in 12 Keys (11:41)


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    The Must Know I, IV & V Chords (9:50)


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    Seeing Scales as Modes (10:32)


Chapter 4: The Minor System

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    Introducing the Minor System (8:39)


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    Harmonic Minor Scale & the Use of Discretion (10:59)


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    Melodic Minor Scale & More on Discretion (12:56)


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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Cap'n Spanky
Submitted 8 months 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 8 months ago

Practical Music Theory

Absolutely the best video for beginners .. great!

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Captnrich
Submitted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

very easy to understand

good building blocks for song arranging

I am a: Hobbyist

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OteyTheProducer
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful

I learned some info about half steps and whole steps

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chrisedu
Submitted 1 year 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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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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Practical Music Theory Know-How is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 7 .
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!
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