Music Theory - Fundamentals for Composition in Any Genre
What you'll learn
- Essential music theory fundamentals
- How to develop an accurate musical ear
- How to create all basic intervals, scales, and chords
- Exercises for greater creativity and confidence while composing music
- Powerful practices for rapid development
- The desire to compose your own music, regardless of genre or style.
- The means to actually practice and write your music. This could be a physical instrument or music software on a computer.
- Access to a keyboard (MIDI or physical) is recommended but not required.
- No prior theory knowledge is needed.
✨Welcome to the Musical Warp Drive✨
Part 1: Fundamentals, Mind & Ear
This course will lead you through the abyss of music theory into a new world of understanding, creativity, and confidence.
I think you'll like what you find...
How it Works:
Part 1 was designed to help reveal and strengthen your innate musical abilities.
The goal is freedom and fluency in the process of writing music, allowing you to express your authentic sound without contrivance.
The method is a series of lessons and exercises which target the most crucial areas of musical development and nothing else.
There will be no sight-reading, no exams, no quick-fixes, and no diploma to hang on your wall. There will be deep listening, compositional challenges, personal reflection, and many hours of effective practice.
Is this a music theory course?
Definitely! However, it is theory in service of composition.
What type of composition?
The type most natural to you, whatever that may be. Musical Warp Drive deals with universal music principles rather than genre-specific details. These insights and ideas apply as much to dubstep as they do to country.
What to Expect:
This first part of the Warp Drive will ensure you have the proper foundation for further musical exploration.
It is separated into three main sections: Fundamentals, Mind, and Ear.
Whatever your current level of knowledge is, the Gap-Filler series will bring clarity and solidity to your musical core. All terms accurately defined and logical reasoning made explicit. These concepts make everything else possible. Additionally, I recommend everyone gain a basic degree of keyboard ability as it is the best compositional tool we have right now. I have included a series of powerful keyboard practices at the end of this section for anyone not already experienced.
The seat of all music, our mind, is all but ignored in most theory books and courses. To study music deeply is to explore our very self. Our mindset (beliefs, ideas, and overall perspective) regarding music and our relationship to it plays a central role in our growth. In addition, the way we directly experience music, as both listener and creator, can massively shape our own compositions. If you're serious about expanding your creative potential, these deeper aspects will prove invaluable and the exercises given will unlock new insights unique to you.
The state of our musical ear, perhaps above all else, determines the accuracy, speed, and degree of ease we have in the real-time activity of writing music. Left untrained, many hours are spent trying to translate sounds in our mind into sounds in the air. If the information and exercises given in this section are put into practice, the opaque will become transparent and a real sense of musical fluency will begin to emerge.
What are students saying about the course?
“I would recommend Max's Musical Warp Drive experience to anyone who has an interest in music and wants to further their understanding, and any musician who is looking to put themselves in the proper mindset for practice. Perfect for beginners, even if you do not have prior knowledge. Max explains music and sound in such a way that makes it easy to understand and grasp the concept. He includes engaging activities that encourage you to practice mindfully with an intrinsic motivation.”
“This course covered so many aspects of music that are often overlooked or skimmed. It was everything I was looking for. It helped me take a leap forward on my music learning journey. Thank you!”
“This was a fantastic course, it taught me why certain notes or chords sound right together. It taught me about music, rather than just how to follow a recipe. There was much more and I really liked how it was taught. I already bought the second course”
“There is something for everyone in this course, it's a great place to start for beginners who want to learn about music and theory, and advanced musicians will benefit from Max's approach and thought process for writing melodies. Max has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience but it's in his ability to present and break it down into simple and easy to understand explanations, from small details to bigger picture stuff, that makes him an exceptional educator. The course is structured thoughtfully, with clear and concise explanations, and exercises all along the way so you can apply these concepts immediately and begin to hone your skills as a composer. Highly recommend this course as well as anything else Max puts out.”
“This is a must have course for musicians of all levels. What makes this course so special for me is that it makes you realize that the doubts and struggles we all face as artist and musicians are common to us all. The great musicians we all admire are not gods but mortals who put in the work to get where they are. I have already started to see improvements in my playing, listening and composing after implementing the lessons from this course. Awesome teaching and lessons”
“Fantastic course! I have been looking for something like this for years - and Max delivers on his promise.”
“The best course on musical theory I have ever taken! Very profound and useful! I am looking forward to the second part now. Thank you Max.”
“If you love making music, take this course. It has been so valuable in so many different ways, and it is absolutely worth the price of admission. I don't ever leave reviews/comments on things but this course has made a huge impact on me and how I write/listen/and think about music. Max is an excellent teacher/musician and you will learn so much by taking his lessons”
Next parts in the Musical Warp Drive series:
Part 1: Fundamentals, Mind & Ear
Part 2: Melody, Scales & Modes
Part 3: Diatonic Harmony (coming soon)
Part 4: Bass (coming soon)
Part 5: Advanced Harmony (coming soon)
Who Am I?
As a music teacher, I've been helping people play, enjoy, and understand this magical art form for the last 17 years. I teach both online and locally at a music school here in Canada. The guitar is my primary instrument but I also play piano, bass, and drums. Besides teaching, writing music is very close to my heart and I'm fortunate to work professionally as a composer. I love writing in a variety of styles and am grateful to have been involved in many diverse projects.
If you'd like to get to know me better, you can always find me on YouTube making beats, doing live composition, and creating tutorials related to music and digital production. Just search my name! Also, check out the free preview of the first lesson here on Udemy.
Who this course is for:
- Musicians who wish to compose at a high level.
- Producers / beat makers interested in stepping their game up.
- People looking to understand how music works at a very fundamental level.
Musically, my path has been one of self-study, allowing for an open exploration of the topics that capture my curiosity. I play a variety of instruments and spend much of my time composing. I have also been working as a music teacher for over 17 years, for which I'm very grateful. The musicians that have influenced me most, and whom I consider my primary teachers, are W.A. Mathieu, Ted Greene, Pat Metheny, and J.S. Bach.
Humanity and our collective future have always been of great importance to me. Our potential to live in harmony with ourselves and nature, to be a blessing rather than a burden to our planet, is immense. A considerable amount of my life has been spent in research (scientific, philosophical, historical, etc), discovering and encouraging the ideas and people revealing the way forward to a prosperous and generous world for all beings.
To all of you pursuing your love of music (or whatever else it may be), I applaud and thank you. Share your gifts with the world and let your authentic expression shine! Together, we can infuse our society with beauty and love, respect, and compassion.