Music Theory for Electronic Music COMPLETE: Parts 1, 2, & 3
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Producing Music Using the Harmonic Techniques of the Professionals!
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 3/2017
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Includes:
  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will have improved your tracks by understanding how to build chords and melodies that work together.
  • Understand and apply minor chords
  • Use the circle of fifths to generate new ideas for your own tracks
  • Work within minor keys to write compelling melodies and basslines
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Requirements
  • Access to a DAW: any program will do. (GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, Ardour, Ableton Live, etc.)
  • Although Ableton Live is used in the class, students do not need to be Live users. But they should have access to some kind of audio program with MIDI sequencing. Garageband, Logic, or several free pieces of software all work great.
  • No MIDI instruments are required.
Description

This course is a combination of all three of my Music Theory for Electronic Musicians classes: Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2, and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 3. In this class we learn how to work with the piano roll editor in a DAW to make harmonies, melodies, and whole tracks, and then we expand on those ideas and work with harmonic patterns (harmony) that is more rich than just major and minor. 

Production Techniques Through Theory The most important part of this class is an extensive foray into using these techniques in actual tracks. I'll be creating 9 tracks through this class, right along with you, each using a different technique so you can see exactly how I incorporate it right into my music.

Full Sessions After each production project, I'll give you the whole session of what I made using the techniques for you to play with. You can download it, expand on it, re-work it, and even release it as your work.

If Your Music is Missing Something, This is Probably It. If you are finding that you are writing track after track, and while they sound good, there is something they are missing - then this it. You are missing the sense of harmony that professional producers have. In this class, I'll arm you with all the tools you need to produce those tracks just like you imagine them.

Who should take this course?  Anyone interested in producing their own music. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

Structure This course consists of video lectures, which all contain a session in Ableton Live 9. If you are using a different program (or none at all), no worries! This isn't a class on how to use Ableton Live, and the concepts can be applied to any DAW.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top20 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of Composition and Music Theory at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."
Who is the target audience?
  • Any level of musician
  • No experience reading notes required.
  • This course is ideal for music theory beginners, as well as student with some background in music theory.
  • Anyone who produces music, or aspires to produce music, should take the course.
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Curriculum For This Course
119 Lectures
12:26:00
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Welcome & Overview
1 Lecture 01:45
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Understanding Music Theory from an Electronic Music perspective
6 Lectures 38:10


Using Octaves
05:51

The Black Keys (not the band)
07:40

Finding C and Middle C
05:47

Section 1 Summary
03:20
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The Perfect 5th, and Being "In Key"
5 Lectures 30:24
The Perfect Fifth
05:44

Finding Fifths
05:03

Being "In Key"
04:36

The Pattern of a Key
06:31

Fifth Examples
08:30
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More With Keys, The Third, and The Basic Triad
4 Lectures 26:38
Moveable Patterns
04:58

The Major and Minor Third
04:06

Building Triads
12:09

Chord Progressions
05:25
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Diatonic Chord Progressions
5 Lectures 34:56
What is Diatonic?
03:53

Finding All The Chords
08:47

Roman Numerals
04:41

Example Song Analysis No. 1
09:36

Inversions
07:59
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7th Chords
5 Lectures 21:27
7th Chords Overview
04:01

Diatonic 7th Chords
08:03

Maj7 (Major 7) Example
01:38

Dominant 7th Chords
05:48

Blues and the 7th Chord
01:57
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The Other Intervals
4 Lectures 27:44
The Fourth
06:23

The Second
04:13

The Sixth
01:35

Song Analysis No. 2
15:33
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Part 1 Wrap Up
1 Lecture 02:10
Part 1 Wrap Up
02:10
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Part 2: Welcome & Overview
1 Lecture 03:52
Welcome to Part 2
03:52
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Analysis: Shame on Me (Avicii)
1 Lecture 22:02
Analysis: Shame On Me
22:02
21 More Sections
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
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36,296 Students
63 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)