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.
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.

What will I learn in this Course?

  • Clip Fades
  • The Push 2 Interface
  • The Wavetable Instrument
  • Browser Improvements
  • Echo Effect
  • Capture Workflow
  • Automation Changes
  • Programming Wavetable
  • Pedal Effect
  • Drum Bus Effect

Course Outline

  • Welcome & Overview
    • Introduction
    • Working with the Piano Roll Editor
    • Major and Minor Chords, Scales, and Keys
    • Diatonic Chord Progressions
  • Modes! New Harmonic Territories
    • How Modes Work
    • History of the Modes
    • The Ionian Mode
    • The Dorian Mode
    • The Phrygian Mode
    • The Lydian Mode
    • The Mixolydian Mode
    • The Aeolian Mode
    • The Locrian Mode
  • Using Modes
    • A Word About Analysis Projects in this Class
    • Example Track Using Modes
    • [Download] Full Session
    • Example Track Using Modes
    • [Download] Full Session
  • Pentatonic Scales
    • Uses of the Pentatonic Scales
    • The Major Pentatonic Scale
    • The Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Using Pentatonic Scales
    • Example Track with Pentatonic Scales
    • [Download] Full Session
    • Example Track with Pentatonic Scales
    • [Download] Full Session
  • Chromatic Mediants
    • Example Track with Chromatic Mediants
    • [Download] Full Session
    • Example Track with Chromatic Mediants
    • [Download] Full Session
  • Creating with Advanced Harmonies
    • Ok, We Have Tons of Options Now. What Do I Do?
    • Tip 1: Work Backwards
    • [Download] Full Session
    • Tip 2: Map Out a Mode or Scale and Explore It
    • [Download] Full Session
    • Tip 3: Find the “Essence” of the Scale, Mode, or Key
  • Exotic Scales
    • What are Exotic Scales?
    • The Algerian Scale
    • The Arabian Scale (Diminished Scale)
    • The Major Arabian Scale (Major Locrian Scale)
    • The Japanese Scale (Hon Kumoi Shiouzhi)
    • The Japanese Scale
    • The Balinese (Pelog) Scale
    • The Egyptian Scale
    • The Whole Tone Scale
    • The Spanish Gypsy Scale
    • The Hungarian Scale
    • The Hungarian Gypsy Scale
    • The Persian Hungarian Gypsy Scale
    • The Persian Scale
    • The Chinese Scale
    • The Oriental Scale
    • The Neapolitan Scale
    • The Hindu Scale
    • Raga Hanumatodi
    • Raga Todi
    • [Download] Full Session
  • Wrap Up
    • A Few Parting Words

Course Information

Estimated Time: 4.25 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony 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. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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Welcome & Overview

Modes! New Harmonic Territories

Using Modes

Pentatonic Scales

Using Pentatonic Scales

Chromatic Mediants

Creating with Advanced Harmonies

Exotic Scales

Wrap Up

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