Music Theory Level 2: Chord Progressions and Song Writing
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Music Theory Level 2: Chord Progressions and Song Writing

Broaden your understanding of music and learn to write songs with more interesting chord progressions.
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
Understand music on a deeper level
Understand chord progressions and modulations
Understand how to write more interesting songs
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Requirements
  • What key signatures are
  • What a 1, 4, 5 chord progression is
  • What a melody and harmony is
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This class is for those who are looking to learn more about music theory and know the basic concepts covered in Music Theory Level 1. You should know about key signatures, how to write basic chord progressions and melodies before taking this course.

Difficulty:
Level: 5 (Intermediate)


- Learn about the proper names of the scale degrees in a given key.
- Learn about the different minor scales and key signatures.
- Learn, identify, and write less common chord progressions.
- Learn about substitution chords.
- Learn about secondary dominant chords
- Learn about modulation.


Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you are interested in piano, music theory, or music composition!
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Curriculum For This Course
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Unit 1. Proper Names for Scale Degrees
2 Lectures 21:19

The proper names for scale degrees are explained with examples. The scale degrees for tonic through leading tone/sub tonic are introduced and should be memorized. The chords, built on each scale degree in major and natural (minor) scales can be either major, minor, or diminished, which is also to be memorized.

Preview 15:54

The video gives the directions for working with the worksheets for the assignments. The actual tasks are analyzed and explained step-by-step.

Preview 05:25
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Unit 2. Minor Scales, and Minor Key Signatures
2 Lectures 20:40

The Unit 1 concepts are reviewed with attention to minor scales and minor key signatures. The minor key equivalents and the method of their finding are explained. The natural and harmonic minors are introduced.

Unit 2 Concepts
16:09

The directions for worksheet assignment are given as well as some answers explained in detail.

Unit 2 Worksheet
04:31
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Unit 3. Common Tones, Other Chord Progressions, and Substitutions
2 Lectures 17:12

To understand chord progressions and substitutions, it is important to understand common tones – the notes that chords have in common. To create different sounds in a song, substitutions are used – that’s replacing a chord in a chord progression with another chord. The rules of such substitutions as well as common examples of substitutions are explained in this lesson.

Unit 3 Concepts
11:55

The review of the worksheet contains an explanation of how the assignment should be approached. If you struggle with it, please find the answer sheet attached.

Unit 3 Worksheet
05:17
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Unit 4. Key Changes/Modulation and Introduction Into Secondary Dominants.
2 Lectures 19:33

Modulation or key change is done to give the song a different sound and feel. There are some common methods to do such a modulation, examples for which are provided in this lesson. It’s common to modulate to the Dominant, Sub-Dominant, relative minor, and parallel minor, using common chords, borrowing a chord from another key, that is referred as secondary dominant.

Preview 15:33

The video goes over the general directions for the worksheet for this Unit.

Work 4 Worksheet
04:00
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Unit 5. Final Review
7 Lectures 01:44:03

All the course concepts are reviewed: Proper Names, Minor Keys, Substitutions, Modulations and Secondary Dominants to provide the solid understanding with a few examples.

Unit 5 Concepts
11:25

The assignment for this week and the final assignment will allow you to practice chord progressions, substitutions, secondary dominants, and modulations.

Unit 5 Final Project
13:01

The assignment for this week and the final assignment will allow you to practice chord progressions, substitutions, secondary dominants, and modulations. Part 2.

Final Project Part 2
14:15

This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together.  It is great extra practice for this course!

Extra Song Writing Practice (part 1)
16:15

This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together.  It is great extra practice for this course! part 2

Extra Song Writing Practice (part 2)
15:13

This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together.  It is great extra practice for this course! part 3

Extra Song Writing Practice part 3
18:22

This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together.  It is great extra practice for this course! part 4

Extra Song Writing Practice part 4
15:32
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