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Old 29-11-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Best resources for learning music theory

Hello!

Today I would like to post a few links to several websites, videos and YouTube channels relating to music theory in order to make it easier to learn and ultimately aid one's production.

These are just a few links now, but I'm hoping this will grow into something much bigger where anyone who knows a good place to learn stuff can link it here.

I reckon it'd be pretty cool, so here's hoping:


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SeamlessR - Production Basics: A little Music Theory

Goes over basic music theory

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Varien - Full Music Theory course (9 videos)

A playlist of videos by Varien, from beginner to intermediate, each video has a specific topic

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Beats4Beets Melody and Chord Progression Tutorials

These two are geared towards more noob-y producers, but I'm sure there's some stuff you can take away from it

- Chord Progressions + Music Theory

Goes over chords and scales, as well as tips on how to make better progressions

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- Melody + Bassline

Talks about how melodies and chords work together, and how to make basslines that fit well

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Sites

musictheory.net

Has a wide range of lessons and exercises, including Ear Training. A little "academic" but still very useful

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How to read sheet music

Free Downloadable course (PDF) if you're interested in learning how to read sheet music

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Ossman Big Ears

Interactice Ear-training app. Needs Java but works well enough

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So that's all I've got so far, let me know if they helped you out and feel free to link resources you've found yourself


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Old 29-11-2014, 10:33 PM   #2
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Sweet thanks. Im gonna eat these up. I have been checking out a few things on youtube. Some people who make vids sound like they are talkin out their ass with some real info thrown in.

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Old 31-01-2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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Old 31-01-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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Re: Best resources for learning music theory

For anyone who prefers books, I can recommend a few.

The Study of Counterpoint by J J Fux

Harmony & Voice Leading (3rd edition is affordable) by Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter
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Books FTW
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:48 AM   #6
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I prefer photocopied handouts myself.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:00 PM   #7
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I hate saying this to people because it sounds dumb. But I made it quite far with this these resources.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory (1st Edition): Amazon.co.uk: Michael Miller: 9780028643779: Books [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

Music Composition: Cig (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)): Amazon.co.uk: Miller Michael: 0021898574039: Books [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


I basically just read them till i didnt understand. made some tunes.
Then I just read them till i didnt understand. made some tunes.
Then I just read them till i didnt understand. made some tunes.
Now i make pretty cool tunes.

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Old 05-08-2015, 08:28 PM   #8
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dance music manual volume 3 is a good read.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:29 PM   #9
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howtomakeelectronicmusic.com - also a great site
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:33 AM   #10
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There are some decent free online classes that I found through Coursera. There's a free production one from Berklee and a couple I took on music theory that helped me.
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Old 14-08-2015, 06:35 AM   #11
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Cool format. Theory on drugs.

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Old 22-09-2015, 02:59 AM   #12
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For anyone who prefers books, I can recommend a few.

The Study of Counterpoint by J J Fux

Harmony & Voice Leading (3rd edition is affordable) by Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter

oh man, the Fux book! Beethoven, Haydn, did bach use it, or was that after him? well, I think you can't go wrong studying the classics, just don't be tied down by them. Also, several of Schoenberg's text, as well as Piston's 'Orchestration'...I highly recommend Dalcroze Eurythmics to any beginner...but really, nothing beats objectively and subjectively studying the music of many cultures, their methods, and their notations (if any)...
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Old 22-09-2015, 05:26 AM   #13
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Gedalge Treatise on the Fugue is pretty good and I also liked 18th-Century Counterpoint by Neale Mason

A proper "abstract" counterpoint book hasn't been written yet afaik... ie a book that shows you how to do counterpoint with rock/pop harmonies and rhythms.
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Old 27-09-2015, 10:18 AM   #14
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Good thread for beginners like me. Thanks!
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A really useful thread thank you. I am shit at music theory. I get bits of it but not all of the time! It takes my band mate to point out that I am singing in B minor for instance, I know it but can't quite remember it or am actually not that bothered cos I know it's in tune and thats enough right?! Anyway, I recently had to configure some notes from wine glass tunings that could be played as chords, took me a while but I got there. More knowledge of music theory would really help me in my work. Will give some of those links below a shot but I am a little bit lazy when it comes to reading

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I bought a textbook off amazon (Tonal Harmony, 6th Edition) and I've been teaching myself from it. It's a very nice resource.
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One of the best books I've ever read was, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition
They also make a Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory, but I don't know much about that one.

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Music theory for computer musicians. By Michael Hewitt. Great read. Very useful. Do yourself a favor and read whole way through and do the exercises!

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How I did it/ still do it

Find a key you really like and stick with it for a while
Keep the kick drum in mind because it should be tuned to either the
VI or I (Major key)
I or III (Minor key)
But it is up to taste, You don't want to have a kick tuned to your track and its either to low or high
I stay away from Cmaj/ Amin scale and use Abmaj/ Fmin and tune the kick to the F and clap/ snare aroung Ab, Any key where the kick sits at a G is good to because It has a good thump there and don't have to worry about it being to low or to high same with F#

To add to that you get a little bit more range around the root note for your sub to move, if your root note is a C and you want to hit the B below it, there is a good chance your sub will not be heard as well as someone with a F for a root note and wants to hit the Eb below it

Next find and learn basic chords and chord progressions and use them
It is a great way to learn the scale you are choosing to use, practice the piano, and gets the juices going and make a basic chord progression your own.

Also learning songs by other artists (spectrum and clarity by zedd for example) and playing them and pick apart what they are doing is another great way to learn and push your self and expand your horizon =)

this is just me and I am aware every one is different but this worked pretty good for me

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