I just started this course on music theory and I think it is very good. The instructions are clear and the information is presented in a non-boring way. Anyway, check it out, and good luck!
Fri, 01/03/2014 - 20:26#1
Free music theory course
bookmarked, thank you
Pretty nifty and well laid out...... Not a bad resource for those who want to learn.
From my perspective....
1. I would first learn your 12 keys, and really know the names and what each key looks like.
2. Learn those basic scales!
3. Associate numbers to the sequence of notes of each scale --- 1 to 7 for starters
4. mentally connect those numbers (learn basic "natural and flat 3rd" and "natural and flat 7th") to the scale you are playing, so you can do this in any key...
5. learn your basic chord structure Major, Minor, Maj 7th, Min. 7th
THIS alone will train your brain with the foundation enough to get your imagination to kick into high gear, and strat making some serious grooves right here in Caustic..... My 8 yr old is learning this 5 part structure right now, and she is already working on a song that has her singing and actual developing music content.... I can't wait till it's done so I can post it, to prove my little theory here.
Thanks for the continued sharing of these links. I've been so busy learning about timbre, synthesis, and putting it to use in the machines, that I'm having a hard time getting a song completed. I know the time will come though. :)
Trust me, it will click in your brain one day.....
Ever look into MIT's Open Courseware? http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-topic/#cat=finearts&subcat=music&spec=musictheory
When I teach guitar/music, I usually start with intervals, move to scales and chord construction, then modes, then apply the info for the next few decades. There are, of course, many small step along the way. Intervals are key...no pun. You get a sense of harmony and can relate all else to that concept.
Yeah I have seen those courses but it was a while ago and I have since forgotten about them. Thanks for the reminder. Also, dont be shy to create a thread and post this kind of stuff. While there are many great resources out there it can be time consuming searching for it and finding quality material is tough as well.
@kylewalz: This is pretty cool. I just downloaded an entire course on Dance Theory and Composition. Fun stuff. Thanks for the heads up.
I've been posting theory information on my blog, pretty much along the lines of what Jason and Kyle said above.
I'm by no means a music teacher but hopefully they make theory accessible.