Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 3: Extended Harmony

This course is an extension of Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2, in which we learned how to work with the piano roll editor in a DAW to make harmonies, melodies, and whole tracks. In this class we expand on those ideas and work with harmonic patterns (harmony) that is more rich than just major and minor.

Production Techniques Through Theory
The most important part of this class is an extensive foray into using these techniques in actual tracks. I’ll be creating 9 tracks through this class, right along with you, each using a different technique so you can see exactly how I incorporate it right into my music.

Full Sessions
After each production project, I’ll give you the whole session of what I made using the techniques for you to play with. You can download it, expand on it, re-work it, and even release it as your work.

If Your Music is Missing Something, This is Probably It.
If you are finding that you are writing track after track, and while they sound good, there is something they are missing – then this it. You are missing the sense of harmony that professional producers have. In this class, I’ll arm you with all the tools you need to produce those tracks just like you imagine them.

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in producing their own music. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

Structure
This course consists of video lectures, which all contain a session in Ableton Live 9. If you are using a different program (or none at all), no worries! This isn’t a class on how to use Ableton Live, and the concepts can be applied to any DAW.

1-IntroV2 from Slam Academy on Vimeo.

 

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top20 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of Composition and Music Theory at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • “Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!”
  • “Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!”
  • “I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”
  • “I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!”
  • “I’ve watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!”
  • “Clear and Informative – Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!”
  • “Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”
  • “The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don’t want to know.”

Course Content

Lessons Status
1

Introduction

2

Working with the Piano Roll Editor

3

Major and minor chords, scales, and keys

4

Diatonic Chord Progressions

5

Introduction to new harmonic ideas (more than just major and minor)

6

How Modes Work

7

History of the Modes

8

The Ionian Mode

9

The Dorian Mode

10

The Phrygian Mode

11

The Lydian Mode

12

The Mixolydian Mode

13

The Aeolian Mode

14

The Locrian Mode

15

A word about analysis projects in this class

16

Producing with Modes

17

Example Track Using Modes

18

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

19

Example Track Using Modes

20

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

21

What are Pentatonic Scales?

22

Uses of the Pentatonic Scales

23

The Major Pentatonic Scale

24

The Minor Pentatonic Scale

25

Example Track with Pentatonic Scales

26

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

27

Example Track with Pentatonic Scales

28

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

29

What are Chromatic Mediants?

30

Example Track with Chromatic Mediants

31

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

32

Example Track with Chromatic Mediants

33

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

34

Ok, We Have Tons of Options Now. What Do I Do?

35

Tip 1: Work Backwards

36

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

37

Tip 2: Map out a Mode or Scale and Explore it

38

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

39

Tip 3: Find the "Essence" of the scale, mode, or key.

40

What are Exotic Scales?

41

The Algerian Scale

42

The Arabian Scale (Diminished Scale)

43

The Major Arabian Scale (Major Locrian Scale)

44

The Japanese Scale (Hon Kumoi Shiouzhi)

45

The Japanese Scale

46

The Balinese (Pelog) Scale

47

The Egyptian Scale

48

The Whole Tone Scale

49

The Spanish Gypsy Scale

50

The Hungarian Scale

51

The Hungarian Gypsy Scale

52

The Persian Hungarian Gypsy Scale

53

The Persian Scale

54

The Chinese Scale

55

The Oriental Scale

56

The Neapolitan Scale

57

The Hindu Scale

58

Raga Hanumatodi

59

Raga Todi

60

[DOWNLOAD] Full Session

61

A Few Parting Words

62

Bonus Content

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