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.
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.
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.
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.
The directions for worksheet assignment are given as well as some answers explained in detail.
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.
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.
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.
The video goes over the general directions for the worksheet for this Unit.
All the course concepts are reviewed: Proper Names, Minor Keys, Substitutions, Modulations and Secondary Dominants to provide the solid understanding with a few examples.
The assignment for this week and the final assignment will allow you to practice chord progressions, substitutions, secondary dominants, and modulations.
The assignment for this week and the final assignment will allow you to practice chord progressions, substitutions, secondary dominants, and modulations. Part 2.
This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together. It is great extra practice for this course!
This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together. It is great extra practice for this course! part 2
This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together. It is great extra practice for this course! part 3
This is a livestream session we had where we wrote a song together. It is great extra practice for this course! part 4
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