Harmony and Chord Progressions

Music theory basics and chord progression "magic" for electronic musicians.
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  • Lectures 45
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

What you get:

  • In the first part of this course you are going to learn the basics of harmony and chord progressions.
  • In the second part you will learn how to come up with great sounding harmonies and chord progressions and how to find voicings "that work" in your own compositions and make them sound more interesting.
  • Along the way, we are going to share a lot of our specific composition knowledge and experience.
  • You will get around 3 hours of studio sessions with Francois.

What you will learn:

  • Principles of western harmony
  • Theory of chord progressions
  • Applying this knowledge and finding better chord progressions in your own productions
  • We will show you how to come up with interesting and fresh chord progressions for various types of musical genres like house, pop, rock, rnb, blues, classic, future bass, progressive house and many more
  • We are going to show you many nice sound examples - offering a practical application of our theoretical frameworks
  • We are going to deeply analyze chord progressions and find out
    • why some chord progressions simply work and others don't
    • rules and codes for “hit song" progressions

Who is it made for?

  • This course is designed for electronic music producers - we are going to take the perspective of someone working inside a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation - like Cubase, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, FL Studio).
  • The course is designed for beginners but its also suitable for advanced learners of the subject as we go into great detail after our first “basics” block is covered.

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What are the requirements?

  • No prior specific knowledge or setup needed.
  • If you're an Ableton Live user, the piano roll editor will look a bit more familiar to you, but everybody else will be just fine

What am I going to get from this course?

  • create amazing sounding chord progressions
  • know what types of chord progressions simply "work"
  • understand the principles of harmony

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for everyone who's looking to learn how to make their own rather electronic music and come up with nice chord progressions and melodies - we are going to take the perspective of someone working inside a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation - like Cubase, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, FL Studio).
  • The course is designed for beginners but its also suitable for advanced learners who can refresh their knowledge in the "basics part" and then follow along as we go into great detail afterwards.
  • No prior music production knowledge needed
  • This course is probably not for you if you're looking to learn how to read sheet music.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction: Harmony & Chord Progressions
Introduction to the Course + Download Resources
Preview
02:00
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Section 2: Western Harmony Basics Part 1
Overview and Definition of a Chord
Preview
03:19
Example: Chords vs. Melodies - Its all about the Instruments!
02:13
Intervals
07:01
What is a Scale? C Major Scale
09:56
Triads - Thirds & Fifths, Minor vs Major, Being in "Key"
07:48
Section 3: Western Harmony Basics Part 2
The Diatonic Chords of C Major
06:24
Roman Numerals and Scale Degrees
06:53
Inversions
11:55
Transposing
Preview
05:38
The Natural Minor Scale
02:04
Relative Minor, Circle of Fifths
03:19
Section 4: Types of Chords
Sevenths Chords
07:43
08:59

In this video, we are going further into detail with added tone chords. They can help you add some interesting coloring into your chord progressions.

Sus Chords
04:19
Example: Sus Chords
04:18
Chord "Finder"
01:44
Power Chords
05:32
Arpeggios
03:12
Section 5: Chord Progressions
Chord Substitution
07:16
Example: Chord Substitution
05:26
Voicing
09:36
What makes a "good" Chord Progression?
Preview
06:21
Analysis of a "good" Chord Progression
07:09
Borrowed Chords
02:21
Parallel Minor - Chord Borrowing
02:26
Parallel Major/Minor Scales - More Chord Borrowing
05:21
Secondary Dominants
06:01
Diatonic Passing Chords
03:47
Chromatic Passing Chords
04:24
Modulation
02:32
Section 6: Practicals: Chord "Magic"
Chord Magic (1) - Analysis and Examples
08:00
Chord Magic (2) - Analysis and Examples
06:53
Chord Magic - Sound 1 - Deep Sounds
01:41
Chord Magic - Sound 2 - Ballad Hello
00:35
Chord Magic - Sound 3 - Plucks
00:49
Chord Magic - Sound 4 - Happy Tropic
00:34
Section 7: Bonus Videos - Chords Writing Sessions
Writing a Melody with the C Major Scale (Francois)
23:07
Writing a EDM-ish Melody with the A-Minor Scale (Francois)
11:30
Creating an EDM Chord Progression and Melody (Tom)
22:33
Writing Future Bass Chords (Tom)
39:10
Writing a Tropical House Chord Progression and Melody (Tom)
29:19
Writing a Progressive House Chord Progression and Melody (Tom)
27:34
Section 8: Acknowledgements & Thank You
Acknowledgements & Thank You
00:32

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Instructor Biography

Francois Rengère, Sound Designer, Music Producer

I'm Francois, music producer from Germany with an insatiable passion for sound design, audio engineering and electronic music production. I've already released tracks on labels such as Universal Music, Parquet Recordings, Portrait Digital Recordings, Somatic Sense, Jannowitz Records and others. Since I like exploring new ways of working and acquiring new skills, I decided to share some of my knowledge and skills here on Udemy. Together with my friend Tom, I'm running a music production & sound design channel and website called "Production Music Live".


Instructor Biography

Thomas Joliet, Music Producer, Sounddesigner

Hi, my name is Thomas. I'm a music producer from Germany with an insatiable passion for audio engineering, mixing, mastering, electronic music production and sound design. Ever since I started making music i'm very interested in the theoretical and technical part of music production. Together with my friend Francois, I'm running a music production & sound design channel and website called "Production Music Live".

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