Music Theory for Complete Beginners 2
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Music Theory for Complete Beginners 2

The pitch. Intervals, scales and chords
3.7 (16 ratings)
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Created by Miguel Fajardo
Last updated 6/2018
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know how to read notes on the treble and bass clefs
  • Understand the concepts of pitch, and be able to imitate pitches on an instrument or with the voice
  • Create major scales in every note
  • Create the four basic chords: Major, minor, diminished and augmented in every key
  • Measure and identify intervals between two musical notes
  • A smartphone with a metronome app would be really helpful
  • You should know how to read, write and perform basic Rhythms
  • All knowledge needed to take this course you can learn in the course "Music Theory for Complete Beginners" available in Udemy
  • A music keyboard would be really helpful, you can also use garageband on an iPad or use a music keyboard on a web page

In this course we take a deep dive into the relationships between sounds of different pitch. 

We first study musical notes, the staff, the clefs and the acoustic index. All of the basic tools for making music. 

Then we understand intervals, how to measure the distance between two different sounds. 

When we understand intervals, we are ready to study scales, in this course we study the most important of all, the major scale, and you will be able to make every major scale there are. 

And finally, not only do we use sounds in sequence, but also simultaneously, that's why we have to study chords, in this course you will learn the four basic chords there are: Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented. 

Who this course is for:
  • Total beginners who want to learn the most basic fundamentals of music
  • Intermediate or advanced musicians who want to refresh and solidify their understanding and skill of the fundamentals of music
  • People who want to learn a new instrument by themselves but don't understand the concepts in books or tutorials
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 01:55:56
+ Fundamentals
4 lectures 22:40

We first need to understand the basic quality of sound called the pitch, in this video we analyze how the pitch affects the sound.  

Preview 04:04

In this lecture you'll learn the 7 main notes of music, making your way to understand the  music system in which western music is based. 

Preview 04:19

At the end of this lecture, you'll be able to perceive the differences between octaves, and play the notes in their correct range.  

Preview 05:47

At the end fo this lecture, You'll have the most basic skills for recognizing one note in three different octaves, and recognize three of the 7 main notes. 

Preview 08:30
+ The traditional music notation system
3 lectures 16:46

In this lecture we will study the staff, the place where all the music is written.

The staff and how to write notes on it

Clefs and ledger lines will be very useful when reading and writing music, because pitches vary a lot, and sometimes is hard to organize them in the staff. 

Clefs and Ledger Lines

When studying the setting, you will be able to understand the most fundamental character of a piece just by looking at the start, the setting tells you a lot about how a piece is going to sound. 

The "setting" and the most important barlines
+ Intervals and Scales
3 lectures 14:48

We are now taking our knowledge of musical notes and pitch to another, level, we are studying their relationships, and the first skill you need is to measure distances, or what we call "Intervals"

Generic intervals and scales

The first interval you need to understand is the smallest one, the semitone, from here, everything else sprouts.

Semitones, the smallest interval in western music

In this lecture we study how notes can have different names but sound exactly the same, and also how to name a specific pitch using alterations. 

Accidentals and Enharmonic notes
+ Specific intervals
5 lectures 20:22

After learning the fundamentals of intervals, we are now taking it to the next level, specifying the distance between two notes in semitones and with names that tells you more about the relationship between two notes.

Specific Intervals and major and minor seconds

The first group of specific intervals we need to understand are perfect intervals, in this lesson we will analyze them.  

Perfect intervals and example of augmented prima

The next group of intervals are Imperfect intervals, these completes our theory of how to measure distances between two notes. 

Imperfect Intervals

After understanding the theory, is very important to gain some skills, in this lecture we explain how to exercise your interval identification skills. The pdf's are in the resource section of this lecture.

Interval identification skills
Interval identification exercises and intervals table
+ The major scale
3 lectures 14:34

Now that we understand scales, we are going to study the Major scale, one of the most important music resource for your repertoire.  

The major scale interval structure

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to build every major scale there are. 

Building a major scale using any other note as fundamental

Here are all the major scales there are, check them with the ones you build! 

All the major scales
+ Chords and arpeggios
3 lectures 10:56

Not all the music is played in sequence, some sounds sound simultaneously, here we start studying this phenomena. 

The major chord

In this lecture you will learn how to construct the four most basic chords over every note. 

The four basic chords: Major, minor, diminished and augmented
4 basic chords in every other fundamental
+ Putting it all together in musical analysis of a Mozart's composition
3 lectures 15:50

In this lecture we will start analyzing a very beautiful piece by Mozart to give sense to everything we saw through the course. 

Analyzing a score

In this lecture we continue analyzing the piano sonata by Mozart, but this time we focus on how he uses the four basic elements of music in a very creative and beautiful way. 

Continuation of the analysis and the elements of music

It’s time to say goodbye, thank you for taking the time to take this course.