Music Theory

As a musician it’s extremely important to have a solid grasp of music theory. It will help you figure out songs easier, it will help you change keys easier, communicate with other drummers and find the pocket for your lead singer. It will also help you learn to play those songs you love by other artists and bands and record and share the stuff you write as well. It is indispensable because it is the language of music.

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Hi welcome to music theory in one lesson. This is our musical alphabet. You may be asking yourself why there are different spacings between each note? That introduces the idea of musical distance which is extremely important in music. The answer is quite simple. There are more notes than what I initially put on the screen. Let’s take a look at what’s called our chromatic scale.

Much better move to the next the distance of one half-step. Let’s take a listen to each note one after another, there are actually two ways to spell this alphabet using sharps and also using flats.

Flats are shown below the sharps an a sharp and a B flat. Yes they are the same note. That sounds ridiculous now but later in the course you’re going to learn that this is very useful and practica. Let’s take a listen to the same chromatic scale note by note.

One more thing to keep in mind is that this alphabet will repeat in both directions essentially into infinity, but we generally limit how far that alphabet goes. Take a listen to our alphabet in two octaves.

An octave basically just means where the alphabet repeats. Scales are incredibly important in music and they really need to be thoroughly understood. That being said they are also incredibly easy.

A scale basically is just a pattern of whole and half steps. We’re going to build what is called the a major scale but first let’s take a moment to think about that name.

A major a will be our starting note and major will be the pattern. We will cover other patterns later in this section. The major pattern goes as follows starting on a whole step to B whole step to C sharp half step to D whole step to e whole step to F sharp another whole step to G sharp then another half step brings us back to a again.

Take a listen to the a major scale, it’s pretty simple right? Next we’re going to build the F major scale…

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