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COURSE OUTLINE

  • Welcome and Overview
    • Welcome to Part 1!
    • Online Labs
  • Understanding Music Theory from an Electronic Music Perspective
    • The Piano Roll Editor
    • Octaves
    • Using Octaves
    • The Black Keys (Not the Band…)
    • Finding C and Middle C
    • Section 1 Summary
  • The Perfect Fifth
    • The Perfect Fifth
    • Finding Fifths
    • Being “In Key”
    • The Pattern of a Key
    • Fifth Examples
  • More with Keys, The Third, and the Basic Triad
    • Moveable Patterns
    • The Major and Minor Third
    • Building Triads
    • Chord Progressions
  • Diatonic Chord Progressions
    • What is Diatonic?
    • Finding All the Chords
    • Roman Numerals
    • Example Song Analysis No. 1
    • Inversions
  • 7th Chords
    • 7th Chord Introduction
    • Diatonic 7th Chords
    • Maj7 (Major 7) Example
    • Dominant 7th Chords
    • Blues and the 7th Chord
  • The Other Intervals
    • The Fourth
    • The Second
    • The Sixth
    • Song Analysis No. 2
  • Part 2: Welcome to Part 2!
    • Welcome to Part 2!
  • Analysis: Shame on Me (Avicii)
    • Analysis 1: Avicii
  • Minor Scales & Keys
    • Minor Scales
    • Relative Keys
    • Minor Diatonic Chord Progressions
    • The Case of the Melodic and Harmonic Minor Scales
  • Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff (Deadmau5)
    • Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff (Deadmau5)
  • The Circle of Fifths
    • What We Know So Far
    • Changing Keys in Your Track
  • A Few More Chord Extensions
    • 7th Chords in Minor
    • 9ths and 13ths
    • Suspended Chords
    • Reading a Chord Chart
    • Cluster Chords and Unnamed Chords
  • Analysis: Everything You Do is a Balloon (Boards of Canada)
    • Analysis: Everything You Do is a Balloon (Boards of Canada)
  • Melody Writing
    • Writing Melodies for Chord Progressions
    • Writing Chord Progressions for Melodies
    • Counter Melody with an Arpeggiator
  • Analysis: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Skrillex)
    • Analysis: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Skrillex)
  • Bass Lines
    • Follow the Root Note
    • Bass Riffs
  • Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)
    • Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)
  • Chromaticism
    • Chromaticism
  • Part 3: Welcome to Part 3!
    • Part 3: Introduction
    • Working with the Piano Roll Editor
    • Major and Minor Chords, Scales, and Keys
    • Diatonic Chord Progressions
  • Modes! New Harmonic Territories
    • Introduction to New Harmonic Ideas (More than Just Major and Minor)
    • How Modes Work
    • The History of 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
    • Producing with Modes
    • Example Track Using Modes
    • [Download] Full Session
    • Example Track Using Modes
    • [Download] Full Session
  • Pentatonic Scales
    • What are 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
    • What are 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

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 and Overview

Understanding Music Theory from an Electronic Music Perspective

The Perfect Fifth

More with Keys, The Third, and the Basic Triad

Diatonic Chord Progressions

7th Chords

The Other Intervals

Part 2: Welcome to Part 2!

Analysis: Shame on Me (Avicii)

Minor Scales & Keys

Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff (Deadmau5)

The Circle of Fifths

A Few More Chord Extensions

Analysis: Everything You Do is a Balloon (Boards of Canada)

Melody Writing

Analysis: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Skrillex)

Bass Lines

Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)

Chromaticism

Part 3: Welcome to Part 3!

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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