Music Theory for Pop and Rock Musicians
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Music Theory for Pop and Rock Musicians

Learn the theory to help you play almost any song in any key!
5.0 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
15 students enrolled
Created by Dave Betts
Last updated 5/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 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 learn key principles to vastly improve your musicianship, as well as understanding how to play almost any song in any key!
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Requirements
  • It is helpful to have a knowledge of the note names on your chosen instrument, but not essential.
Description

Do you want to VASTLY improve your effectiveness in a band setting? If so, this course is for you!

Developed as the result of nearly a decade of teaching, "Music Theory for Pop and Rock Musicians" focuses on the ESSENTIAL theoretical knowledge needed to prepare you for a contemporary music setting as quickly as possible. 

Rather than the traditional classical theory method, which focuses on stave notation from the outset, this course instead starts with the fundamental building blocks of Western music, such as the major scale, building chords and the Nashville Number System. This enables you to put that theory into practice IMMEDIATELY and will provide a strong foundation on which to build stave notation onto (though it is not covered in this course). 

You will learn how to apply this theoretical knowledge to a band environment as we discuss how to play almost any song in any key, how to ensure a song is well suited to the vocalist's range and how to be mindful of the frequency spectrum as a band. 

This method of teaching music theory has been hugely successful across many age brackets over the last decade. Why not sign up and see for yourself!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning the crucial building blocks of music without the unnecessary 'extras'
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Curriculum For This Course
61 Lectures
02:00:55
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Introduction
2 Lectures 03:52

Why learn music theory?
01:53
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The Major Scale
9 Lectures 28:35
Section Overview: The Major Scale
00:32


How to figure out major scales
05:10

Major scales: C, E and G
04:09

Major scales: A, E and B
03:04

How to easily remember sharp keys
03:40

Sharp Key Quiz
5 questions

Major scales: F, Bb, and Eb
03:14

Major scales: Ab and Db
01:52

How to easily remember flat keys
02:47

Flat Key Quiz
5 questions
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Building Chords
10 Lectures 18:54
Section Overview: Building Chords
00:39

Understanding triads
02:44


Building chords in a key: C major
00:52

Building chords in a key: G major
02:51

Building chords in a key: F major
01:56

Building chords in a key: Bb major
01:40

Major and Minor Triads Quiz
5 questions

Diminished triads
01:58

Spotting the patterns between keys
01:07

How to find the key of almost any song in seconds!
02:09

Find the Key!
5 questions
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The Nashville Number System
7 Lectures 15:41

The Nashville number system
04:50

Nashville and Roman numerals
01:40

Transposition in practice 1
01:46


Transposition in practice 3
01:59

Two crucial chord progressions: "6m 4 1 5" and "1 5 6m 4"
02:11

Transposition Quiz
5 questions
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More Chords
11 Lectures 14:54

Octaves
01:36

Power chords
01:12


'Add' chords
01:48

Slash chords
03:15

Augmented chords
00:43

More Chords Quiz 1
8 questions

Introduction to 7th chords
00:38


Minor 7th chords
01:03

Dominant 7th chords
01:12

More Chords Quiz 2
5 questions
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Understanding Rhythms
11 Lectures 15:39
Section Overview: Understanding Rhythms
00:53

Rhythms: quarter notes
01:12

Rhythms: half notes
01:03

Rhythms: whole notes
01:12

Rhythms: eighth notes
00:57

Rhythms: sixteenth notes
01:17

Time signatures
01:57

Rhythm examples and tips
03:09

Tempo
01:33

Triplets
01:20

Dotted notes
01:06
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Additional Information
4 Lectures 04:13
Section Overview: Additional Information
00:38

Dynamics
01:39

Basics of the frequency spectrum
01:09

Arpeggios
00:47
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Applying Music Theory to a Band Environment
6 Lectures 18:09
Section Overview: Applying Music Theory to a Band Environment
00:53

Applying basic chords to a piano using Nashville
01:24

Transposing to support the vocalist
03:08

Tranposing for Vocalists Quiz
4 questions

Nashville: piano shortcuts for beginners
04:10

Nashville: guitar shortcuts for beginners
02:49

DRESS Code: How to make a band sound great, fast.
05:45
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Congratulations! What's next?
1 Lecture 00:58
Congratulations! What's next?
00:58
About the Instructor
Dave Betts
5.0 Average rating
2 Reviews
15 Students
1 Course
Music Director and Tutor

Dave graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2008, before working as a Music Director for a church in England for 6 years. He coordinated the five bands, played, taught, toured, and trained teams around Europe. During this time he studied a part-time degree at the Open University. 

In 2014 Dave moved to Canada to study a full-time degree, but continued to train musicians, coordinate bands and in his final year, worked part-time as the Music Director for a church. Dave and his wife-to-be, Sharaya, are about to move to Regina, SK, Canada where Dave will work as the Music and Creative Arts Director for Rosewood Park Alliance Church. 

Post-Secondary Education:

Diploma in Contemporary Performance - The Academy of Contemporary Music (UK); BA(hons) Leadership and Management - The Open University (UK); Bachelors in Biblical Studies - Millar College of the Bible (Canada).