Traditionally, music theory is taught with a piano as the main tool to learn the concepts. In this class, we take music theory concepts and apply them to the the Ableton Push controller. Using the Push, we can find the patterns for chords, harmony, and intervals that will get you producing, songwriting, or composing with the Ableton Push.
For the best success in this course, it is recommended students have already taken the other Music Theory for Electronic Musician classes. They are:
Music Theory for Electronic Musicians I
Music Theory for Electronic Musicians II: Minor Keys and More
The Ableton Push is shows us our Octaves with a nice blue light. It also shows us repeated notes in blue. Lets look at how those blue lights can be used as a guide for finding the rest of our intervals.
Using the Push to locate our major seconds and minor seconds, in both "In Key" mode and Chromatic mode.
Locate our major and minor thirds on the Push. This can be tricking if we are in the "In Key" mode and want to go our of key.
Finding our perfect intervals on the Push, again, in both modes.
Last set of intervals! Finding our 6ths and 7ths, major and minor, in "In Key" and Chromatic.
Remember - follow the patterns. In this lesson we find two triad patterns, and we see that in the "In Key" mode, we don't need to think about major and minor, as long as we stick to the patterns.
The patterns get a lot more blurry in chromatic mode. But we can still find some, and learn how to play outside of the key by using the chromatic mode.
We already know the pattern to find a 7th on the Push, and we know the pattern for a triad. Lets put them together to build 7th chords on the Push.
So far we have only looked at Major and Minor keys and scales. But there are others - lots of others. A handful of the others are built in to the Push, so lets have a look at them.
Thats it! I hope you got what you were looking for from this class. If you need more theory help, be sure to check out our other Theory classes!
A few bonus videos from some friends of mine putting out some awesome Push videos.
Another perspective of how this all works.
There is so much more to learn!
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.)