Music Theory & Notation Tutorial

Music Theory Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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    Introduction to Sound

    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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    Notes & Names

    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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    The Staff & Clefs

    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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    The Major Scale

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

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    Key Signatures / Circle of Fifths

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

Chapter 2 : Meter and Time

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    Meter & Time Signatures

    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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    Note Lengths

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

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    Eighth & Sixteenth Notes

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

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

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    Dotted Notes & Ties

    Discover how to read and recognize dotted notes and ties.

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    Triplets, Tuplets & Tempo

    Explore how to read and recognize dotted notes and ties.

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    See how note values relate to drum patterns and grooves.

Chapter 3 : Scales and Harmony

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    Working with Major Scales

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

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    The Natural Minor Scale

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

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    Harmonic & Melodic Minor Scales

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

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    Diatonic Triads & Roman Numerals

    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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    Minor Scale Triads

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

Chapter 4 : Inversions and Arpeggios

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    Triad Inversions

    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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    Arpeggios & More

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

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    Voicing & Inversions

    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.

Chapter 5 : Movement and More

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    Melodic Analysis

    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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    Secondary Dominants

    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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    Seventh Chords

    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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    Cadences & Modulation Chords

    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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    Other Scales

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

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

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    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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    Sounds Like

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

Product Overview

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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Music Theory Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 48 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A ton of info that may require multiple viewings At times the instructor speaks as if all viewers are at an intermediate level of understanding. Thankfully Groove 3's notes feature really comes in handy for making reference points referring back to useful info. Some of these vids may require multiple viewings for beginners to truly grasp everything but overall this a solid tutorial for diving into music theory.
Date published: 2021-02-26
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Filling in a lot of gaps that I've missed learning theory
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Enjoying the video presentations. Very informative. Where are the mp3 files mentioned in video #19 Minor Scale Triads?
Date published: 2020-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Post is my field, so I don't deal with music a lot. It's good is to review music theory from time to time, to relearn or learn for the first time
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great content Great content and practices. Visibility of the piano keys on the video could be improved.
Date published: 2020-02-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good examples for jazz and blues Loads of jazz and blues therory and practical lessons. Plenty of millage in the package.
Date published: 2020-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good title. I am very excited, it had a reasonable price for its content and very well explained.
Date published: 2020-01-05
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Boring It might be thorough, but I can't listen to it for very long. It's just a slow talker and quite boring.
Date published: 2019-12-16
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Lots of information I would consider this an undergraduate course in music theory. There is a lot of theory packed into this series. My only negative, and it is not the course, is it contains too much info! I am more interested in a crash course for DAW work, and this gives much more than that. If you are looking for theory using midi/DAW (piano roll/drum editor) this does not really touch on that. Theory is shown exclusively using standard music notation. However, as stated, this is a very comprehensive course on music theory.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love it Very helpful understand a lot of things I have been wanting to know about music theory
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course. Explained in a way that is easy to understand and easy to follow.Brilliant.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful i am still on getting my self more educated from your offer but it looks like very impressive i really appreciate you.
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful Very fun
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from PERFECT - A perfect course to get you started This course goes into basic stuff, but dives just deep enough into complex music theory to give you some direction for further development into the complex world of music theory and composition.
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from helpful but feels cheap The theory is good, and I did learn a lot, but the lack of attention to detail makes me feel that I did not get a real course but an amateur explanation. Every single time there is something written, there is at least one spelling mistakes which makes me think not much time went into making these videos.
Date published: 2018-10-01
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
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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