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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

via CreativeLive


This is a class designed for the electronic musician who wants to bring new energy and compositional strength to their tracks. In this class, we'll focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic, interesting melodies and harmonies. Experience with music therory, the ability to play an instrument, or read music is not necessary! We will focus on how to use your DAW as your instrument of creation.

Topics include:

  • Using the Piano Roll Editor
  • Octaves
  • Finding C and Middle C
  • The Perfect 5th
  • What it means to be "in key"
  • Moveable Patterns
  • Major and Minor Intervals
  • Building Triads
  • Chord Progressions
  • 7th Chords
... And much more!


  • Class Overview
  • The Piano Roll Editor
  • Octaves
  • Using Octaves
  • The Black Keys (not the band)
  • Finding C and Middle C
  • Section 1 Summary
  • The Perfect Fifth
  • Finding Fifths
  • Being "In Key"
  • The Pattern of a Key
  • Fifth Examples
  • Moveable Patterns
  • The Major and Minor Third
  • Building Triads
  • Chord Progressions
  • What is Diatonic?
  • Finding All The Chords
  • Roman Numerals
  • Example Song Analysis No. 1
  • Inversions
  • 7th Chords - Overview
  • Diatonic 7th Chords
  • Maj7 (Major 7) Example
  • Dominant 7th Chords
  • Blues and the 7th Chord
  • The Fourth
  • The Second
  • The Sixth
  • Song Analysis No. 2
  • Wrap Up

Taught by

J. Anthony Allen


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