The Basics of Music Theory made simple!
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The Basics of Music Theory made simple!

Here you will learn the fundamentals of music theory, that will help you compose your own music.
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Created by Jonathan Vaughan
Last updated 9/2016
English
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Should be able to read and write in stave notation
  • You should have learned what the key signature is and how it works in play with a scale. You should know the different types of patterns for different scales as well as the names of notes in the scale. You will have learned about relative major and minor key signatures and about accidentals etc.
  • Will be able to use a time signature and know different types of time e.g. duple, triple time etc. Should know what an irregular time signature is. Should know how to apply and read a time signature. Should know how to change time signature.
  • Should understand the basic dynamics and tempo terms as well as terms for setting a change in dynamic or tempo. You should know the basics of accented notes and what they do.
  • You should understand what a rest is and how similar they are to regular notes. You should be able to apply them in the same way as notes learned in the first video.
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Requirements
  • I try be efficient with time so you can learn quickly and easily
  • If in a video you dont understand, quite often it will become clear in an example.
  • You may need some video player or flash player like vlc or something.
Description

You should by the end of this course know the basics of music theory in these specific topics:

  • Should be able to read and write in stave notation, know the different types of notes and their values and should be able to be fluent in the treble clef stave notation specifically. Every note that exists should be briefly covered here i.e. A-G
  • You should have learned what the key signature is and how it works in play with a scale. You should know the different types of patterns for different scales as well as the names of notes in the scale. You will have learned about relative major and minor key signatures and about accidentals etc. From patterns you should be able to work out the keys and scales of specific notes. You should know how keys represent notes of a scale. All the different Keys Signatures that exist will be shown briefly.
  • Will be able to use a time signature and know different types of time e.g. duple, triple time etc. Should know what an irregular time signature is. Should know how to apply and read a time signature. Should know how to change time signature.
  • Should understand the basic dynamics and tempo terms as well as terms for setting a change in dynamic or tempo. You should know the basics of accented notes and what they do. You should also know how to set the tempo and dynamics directly. Things like crescendo, diminuendo, accelerando will be covered.
  • You should understand what a rest is and how similar they are to regular notes. You should be able to apply them in the same way as notes learned in the first video.  You understand the multi-bar rest method.
  • You should be able to combine all that you've learned to answer harder questions, which should give you the tools to start writing your own music.


Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners in an instrument learning stave notation
  • People who want to start writing their own music but have no foundation knowledge yet..
  • People trying to compose on some stave notation program like Sibelius will need such essentials
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
01:44:14
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Intro
1 Lecture 04:46
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Lecture Content
6 Lectures 01:21:47

In this video we look at the first essentials in writing, such as the stave, clefs, key signature area and so on. We cover sharps and flats as well as all the notes from A to G. We look at the treble clef notes a lot and the bass clef notes briefly, while learning the fundamental symbols for notes, such as quavers, crotchets, minims etc.

Preview 08:23

In this video and the next we look at what the key signature is, and why we need it to begin with. I go on to explain what a scale is and the relationship it has to the key signature. There are examples of the use of patterns and how to go from a scale to writing its key signature. I cover what accidentals are and cover the names of particular notes in a scale and talk about minor thirds, major thirds in relation to relative major and minor keys.

The Key Signature part 1
11:51

In this video and the last we look at what the key signature is, and why we need it to begin with. I go on to explain what a scale is and the relationship it has to the key signature. There are examples of the use of patterns and how to go from a scale to writing its key signature. I cover what accidentals are and cover the names of particular notes in a scale and talk about minor thirds, major thirds in relation to relative major and minor keys.

The Key Signature part 2
11:15

Here in this video , what a time signature is and where in is placed on a stave are the first thing covered. We then look at how to use them and the different types that exist. Things like Triple, Duple and Quadruple time are covered as well as irregular time signatures and so on. Examples of how to apply different time signatures are used through out.

The Time Signature
19:35

Loudness , Softness, Speed and Change are the main focus of this video. These are some tools a writer would use to change tempo(speed), or change volume to add effect or create a feel to the music. We look at different terms and symbols such as crescendo, forte, accelerando and so on.

Dynamics and Tempo
16:25

Rests are the opposite of notes essentially. Partitions of time that signify no playing. This video covers different types of rests according to time, then talks about the multi-bar rest method briefly. I attempt to consolidate the course here combining everything learned into harder examples that use most of the knowledge learned in 5 subject areas.

Rests and Pauses
14:18
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Supplementary Questions
5 Lectures 17:41
Supplementary Questions : The Basics of Stave Notation
01:43

Supplementary Questions : The Key Signature
03:02


Supplementary Questions : Dynamics and Tempo
04:19

Supplementary Questions : Rests and Pauses
05:13
About the Instructor
Jonathan Vaughan
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Mr Vaughan

I am currently a student at the University of Manchester undertaking Mechanical Engineering with Management. When I was in school I accomplished my grade 8 in classical guitar for which you do need to understand theory for. I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of my subject, however I've accumulated enough knowledge over the years to give you a solid grounding I believe to start composing and understanding music theory.