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Chapter 1: The Basics

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    Introduction to Sound (8:23)


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    Notes & Names (7:33)


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    The Staff & Clefs (9:21)


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    The Major Scale (5:30)


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    Intervals (10:38)


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    Key Signatures / Circle of Fifths (7:28)


Chapter 2: Meter and Time

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    Meter & Time Signatures (8:11)


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    Note Lengths (6:51)


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    Eighth & Sixteenth Notes (8:22)


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    Rests (9:48)


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    Dotted Notes & Ties (14:11)


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    Triplets, Tuplets & Tempo (12:12)


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    Grooves (10:42)


Chapter 3: Scales and Harmony

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    Working with Major Scales (7:51)


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    The Natural Minor Scale (7:00)


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    Harmonic & Melodic Minor Scales (10:18)


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    Harmony (11:04)


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    Diatonic Triads & Roman Numerals (8:37)


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    Minor Scale Triads (6:40)


Chapter 4: Inversions and Arpeggios

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    Triad Inversions (7:49)


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    Arpeggios & More (7:23)


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    Voicing & Inversions (9:35)


Chapter 5: Movement and More

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    Melodic Analysis (8:47)


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    Secondary Dominants (11:20)


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    Seventh Chords (10:54)


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    Cadences & Modulation Chords (11:09)


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    Other Scales (10:05)


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    Notation (9:49)


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    Modes (8:30)


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    Sounds Like (9:02)


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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Maritonio
Submitted 4 months ago

Complete and practical

Theory explained simple and practical. It also offers examples and exercises.

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imjones
Submitted 5 months ago

All the right notes

This series covered all of the essential points in a very clear and direct manner. It is centered around the piano but the concepts will apply to all musicians. There are downloadable exercises to practice along with and if you really want to get these concepts into your head, practicing them over and over is the only way. Do yourself a favor and spend the time on the exercises.

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Reaper

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Wallyo
Submitted 5 months ago

excellent!!!!

helped a lot

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Nyj
Submitted 5 months ago

Good to go back to basics

This is great - even though I've been around the block a few times, I still found a couple of aha moments. Eli is always good value :)

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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OteyTheProducer
Submitted 9 months ago

very helpful i am learning alot

it has helped me learn scales in music

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3rbium
Submitted 9 months ago

Good course

I knew nothing at all about music theory prior to starting this course, but now feel like I know a pretty good amount about a wide range of the theory. To me, the course still progressed quite fast, so repeat viewings were required.

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live

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Deadwing5
Submitted 9 months ago

Not bad

It's definitely helping me but the tutor, although professional and knowledgeable, isn't the most engaging in the world. I find it difficult to stay focused due to lack of enthusiasm.

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Studio One

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breezy
Submitted 9 months ago

Excellent

Great detail and explanation

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EvilTek
Submitted 10 months ago

Very Helpful!

Music Theroy has never been better explained!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase, Reaper

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Musashi1951
Submitted 10 months ago

Excellent teaching

Very good

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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 4.8 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Complete and practical Theory explained simple and practical. It also offers examples and exercises.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All the right notes This series covered all of the essential points in a very clear and direct manner. It is centered around the piano but the concepts will apply to all musicians. There are downloadable exercises to practice along with and if you really want to get these concepts into your head, practicing them over and over is the only way. Do yourself a favor and spend the time on the exercises.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent!!!! helped a lot
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good to go back to basics This is great - even though I've been around the block a few times, I still found a couple of aha moments. Eli is always good value :)
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful i am learning alot it has helped me learn scales in music
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good course I knew nothing at all about music theory prior to starting this course, but now feel like I know a pretty good amount about a wide range of the theory. To me, the course still progressed quite fast, so repeat viewings were required.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Not bad It's definitely helping me but the tutor, although professional and knowledgeable, isn't the most engaging in the world. I find it difficult to stay focused due to lack of enthusiasm.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Great detail and explanation
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Music Theroy has never been better explained!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent teaching Very good
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from To the point! Straight to the point! No fluff. Clear explanations.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! The pace is quite high, but wonderful videos.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from really nice excellent intro
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Much Needed! When I saw that this tutorial was available, I jumped on it as I find myself doing a lot of songwriting these days, and I really needed to get a good basic overview of music theory. This course was timely and perfect for my needs!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good Good for the beginners.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Simply excellent ! An excellent course by an excellent teacher. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Verá good Verte good
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from very helpful only criticism is that it didn't explain what partials are etc, i had research them myself outside of this
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from THE AUTHOR IS GREAT WILL CHECKOUT OTHER VIDEOS OF HIS DXSX
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative! Great music theory primer. Topics were explained in an easy-to-understand way.
Date published: 2017-04-11
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
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