Music Theory

Don’t be the “musician” who can’t read or write music or improvise on the fly. Learn the lingo and theory behind the “what and the why” of music by studying the articles below. Don’t worry, we’ve boiled it down to the essentials. Apply this info and the trade secrets in our other columns and your music will hit that next level of amazing.

High-Level Song Arrangement Tips: From 'Meh' to Masterpiece

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So you've written a great song. Now what? Most songs call for more than simply the original skeleton of voice and piano or guitar. But just how do you arrange when you're starting with these bare bones? What do you add to the orchestration and where do you add this to the song? Here we'll […]

Musical Modes Explained

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It's easy to run into modes and think, "What the heck is going on?  Why does all of this need to be so convoluted and complicated?" It does seem that way at first until you work with modes enough to spot the pattern.  Then not only does it click into place but you can even work […]

The Circle of Fifths Explained

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Typical discussion about the Circle of Fifths is largely for beginners and intermediate music theorists, and the tricky part is there's no way to avoid using other technical jargon that a beginner may not know when explaining it.  We're going to keep it as simple as possible with explanations of any new terms. So get […]

Basic Song Structure Essentials

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The deeper into the adventure of song writing you delve, the more you'll begin to notice patterns, especially relating to song structure.  Differing genres and decades will display their various influences and preferences, but at the end of the day the basic song structure essentials never change.  One or two of the fundamentals may disappear […]

Why Learn Music Theory?

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The more time you spend in the music industry, the more you'll realize how few "musicians" even know the rudimentary fundamentals of music theory.  You'll also pick up on the pattern of excuses, ranging from a load of crap about their free spirit being constrained to not wanting to sound like a jazz cello player […]