Usable Music Theory Part 1: Harmony and Chord Progressions

Music theory that you can actually USE! Singer/Songwriters, Beat Makers, EDM artists, Music Contractors.
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Instructed by Ted Gould Music / Music Fundamentals
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to quickly get their musical ideas out of their heads and into the world. From aspiring singer-songwriters to music contractors to anyone who has ever taken a piano, bass or guitar lesson but still feels like there are holes in their useable understanding of music theory!

We live in an exciting time where anyone with a PC or Mac can create and distribute music from the comfort of their own homes. There are so many great DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) to choose from but at the end of the day they are just tools. Imagine yourself staring at a blank canvas. Next to you is a locked box and inside that box are your paints. The problem is that you don't know how to unlock the box! A working knowledge of music theory is the key to unlocking that box and access the colors you need to create your masterpiece.

This course is designed to give you a working, practical, useable knowledge of music theory that will help you to get your ideas from your head to the workstation of your choice and ultimately to your audience.

I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to express your musical ideas. I know what its like to sit through that boring music theory class. I also know what it was like to experience a major breakthrough in my understanding that allows me to use music theory as a tool to bring ideas to fruition and communicate these ideas to musicians that I work with.

In this course I will unlock the door to the large room that is music theory in a way that will allow you to quickly put to use regardless of what instrument you play or what DAW you use.

If you're ready to unlock that box, let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to have a better understand of how music works.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a clear and USABLE understanding of the "mysterious" "Nashville Number System".
  • Have a clear and USABLE understanding of diatonic harmony.
  • Learn nearly any pop song your hear.
  • FINALLY understand the circle of 5ths!
  • Be able to create sophisticated chord progressions.
  • Be able to effectivley communicate your ideas to band members or musicians you contract.
  • Understand the common threads between all of the songs you hear on the radio.
  • Be able to QUICKLY bring your musical ideas to fruition regardlass of what software you use or what instrument you play.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is serious about taking their understanding of music to another level.
  • Beat Makers, Electronic Musicians, DJs ...
  • Singer / Songwriters.
  • Music Students.
  • Music "Newbies".

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction: Useable Music Theory

Course introduction.

Section 2: The Music Alphabet

It is important to know the musical alphabet as it is the foundation of everything else we will cover.

3 questions

Review what you've just learned.

Section 3: The Major Scale
The Major Scale.
Checking for Understanding.
1 question
Section 4: How to create chords.
How to create chords.
Section 5: Harmonizing the Major Scale
Seventh Chords.
5 questions

What are the I, IV, I and V chords in the key of C?

Section 6: Chord Progressions
Primary Chords: I IV and V
I IV V in the real world
Chord Families: Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant.
Circle Progressions.
2 questions

Check your knowledge of this popular chord progression.

Section 7: Learn almost any song you hear!
Nashville Number System.
Nashville Number System.
1 page
Learn almost any song you hear!
The most popular chord progression ever : I-V-vi-IV
3 pages
Section 8: Bonus 1: Popular Chord Progressions
Chord Inversions and voice leading.
Section 9: Bonus 2: The Circle of 5ths
Circle of 5ths
Section 10: Creating your own chord progressions
Starting with the 1 chord and moving forward
Working backward from the 1 chord
Section 11: Creating more sophisticated chord progressions.
Random Chords
Section 12: Wrap Up
Wrap Up

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Instructor Biography

Ted Gould, Musician, Music Educator, Entrepreneur

I am a professional musician from New Orleans now living in the San Francisco Bay Area. My credits as a musician include working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Zigaboo Modeliste (the Meters), American Idol finalist Latoya London, Jon B. , Ron E. Back (Tower of Power) and R&B singer Will Russ Jr. I have played upright and electric bass for host of Broadway scale musical theater productions including West Side Story, CATS, Dream Girls, Cabaret and Hairspray. Over the years I have had the honor of sharing stages with or opening for many well-known artists and bands such as Outkast, The Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Evanescence and the Dave Mathews Band.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from California State University, East Bay and have been a classroom music educator, private music tutor and consultant since 2010.

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