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Theory of Melodies

chapter iconWe will learn about the relationship between melody and chords, approaching the examination of melody from one step higher.

II: Vertical View

chapter iconWe will simply expand our knowledge of scales, exploring melody lines with accidentals and discussing “church modes”.

III: Explore Scales

Theory of Chords

chapter iconThe first chapter will cover basic vocabulary, concepts, a bit of arranging knowledge, simple chord arrangement methods, and by the end, you’ll have a small theoretical framework in place.

I: Basic System

chapter iconThe latter part of Chapter I. We delve into the system of chord progressions, thoroughly discussing the connection of two prime chords and learning “fixtures” in pop music.

Nexus System

chapter iconWe will learn methods for extending major/minor chords by adding or subtracting notes and for broadening expression by borrowing chords from other keys.

II: Add, Omit, Borrow

chapter iconThis stage focuses on learning advanced methods mainly found in modern classical and jazz music, such as layering chords over chords, playing multiple keys simultaneously, which are rarely necessary for popular music.

V: Contemporary Methods

Theory of Rhythms

chapter iconWe will learn the most fundamental aspects of rhythm. To avoid complexity, “beat grids” and sound sources are used rather than sheet music. You’ll learn about constructing rhythm patterns and how accents affect the “feel.”

I: Basics of Rhythm

chapter iconWe will learn a bit advanced theories of rhythm. This includes reading time signatures, creating more nuanced rhythmic feelings, and introducing new times.

II: Advanced Rhythms