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Music Theory Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

  • Introduction to Sound 8:23

    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.

  • Notes & Names 7:33

    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.

  • The Staff & Clefs 9:21

    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.

  • The Major Scale 5:30

    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.

  • Intervals 10:38


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

  • Key Signatures / Circle of Fifths 7:28

    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

  • Meter & Time Signatures 8:11

    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.

  • Note Lengths 6:51

    Note Lengths

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

  • Eighth & Sixteenth Notes 8:22

    Eighth & Sixteenth Notes

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

  • Rests 9:48


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

  • Dotted Notes & Ties 14:11

    Dotted Notes & Ties

    Discover how to read and recognize dotted notes and ties.

  • Triplets, Tuplets & Tempo 12:12

    Triplets, Tuplets & Tempo

    Explore how to read and recognize dotted notes and ties.

  • Grooves 10:42


    See how note values relate to drum patterns and grooves.

Chapter 3 : Scales and Harmony

  • Working with Major Scales 7:51

    Working with Major Scales

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

  • The Natural Minor Scale 7:00

    The Natural Minor Scale

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

  • Harmonic & Melodic Minor Scales 10:18

    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.

  • Harmony 11:04


    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.

  • Diatonic Triads & Roman Numerals 8:37

    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.

  • Minor Scale Triads 6:40

    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

  • Triad Inversions 7:49

    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.

  • Arpeggios & More 7:23

    Arpeggios & More

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

  • Voicing & Inversions 9:35

    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

  • Melodic Analysis 8:47

    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.

  • Secondary Dominants 11:20

    Secondary Dominants

    See how secondary dominant chords are created and used to make a note other than the tonic sound like a tonic.

  • Seventh Chords 10:54

    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.

  • Cadences & Modulation Chords 11:09

    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.

  • Other Scales 10:05

    Other Scales

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

  • Notation 9:49


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

  • Modes 8:30


    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.

  • Sounds Like 9:02

    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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