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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • This course is ideal for music theory beginners, as well as students with some background in music theory.
  • Anyone who produces music, or aspires to produce music, should take the course.
  • Anyone interested in producing their own tracks. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Understand and apply minor chords
  • Use the circle of fifths to generate new ideas for your own tracks
  • Work within minor keys to write compelling melodies and basslines


  • Although Ableton Live is used in the class, students do not need to be Live users. But they should have access to some kind of audio program with MIDI sequencing. Garageband, Logic, or several free pieces of software all work great.
  • No MIDI instruments are required.

This course is an extension of Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, 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 minor keys, focus some time on melody writing and bassline writing, and talk about how different tracks work.

Extensive Analysis

The most important part of this class is an extensive analysis of tracks by Daft Punk, Avicii, Skrillex, and much more. In each of these analysis segments, we look at their tracks on the piano roll editor, and talk about why they sound the way they do, and how you can use similar techniques in your own music. Each of these segments picks apart multiple elements of the song and dissects it in an easy to understand way.


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.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge about minor keys for electronic musicians.

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Course Curriculum

5h 7m

Section 1 - Welcome And Overview
Welcome 00:00:00
Section 2 - Analysis: Shame On Me (Avicii)
Analysis: Shame On Me (Avicii) 00:00:00
Section 3 - Minor Scales And Keys
Minor Scales 00:00:00
Relative Keys 00:00:00
Minor Diatonic Chord Progression 00:00:00
The Case Of The Melodic And Harmonic Minor Scales 00:00:00
Section 4 - Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff (Deadmau5)
Analysis: Ghosts N Stuff (Deadmau5) 00:00:00
Section 5 - The Circle Of Fifths
Why? What We Know So Far 00:00:00
Changing Keys Within Your Track 00:00:00
Section 6 - Analysis: Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
Analysis: Get Lucky (Daft Punk) 00:00:00
Section 7 - A Few More Chord Extensions
7th Chords In Minor 00:00:00
9ths And 13ths 00:00:00
Suspended Chords 00:00:00
Reading A Chord Chart 00:00:00
Cluster And Unnamed Chords 00:00:00
Section 8 - Analysis: Everything You Do Is A Balloon (Boards Of Canada)
Analysis: Everything You Do Is A Balloon (Boards Of Canada) 00:00:00
Section 9 - Melody Writing
Writing Melodies For Chord Progressions 00:00:00
Writing Chord Progressions For Melodies 00:00:00
Counter Melody: Arpeggiation 00:00:00
Section 10 - Analysis: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Skrillex)
Analysis: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Skrillex) 00:00:00
Section 11 - Bass Lines
Follow The Root Note 00:00:00
Bass Riffs 00:00:00
Get Muddy 00:00:00
Section 12 - Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)
Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin) 00:00:00
Section 13 - Chromaticism
Chromaticism 00:00:00
Section 14 - Thanks And Goodbye! (For Now)
Thanks And Goodbye! (For Now) 00:00:00
Some Extra Video Resources 00:00:00

Course Reviews


2 ratings
  1. Catherine Graham March 5, 2018 at 20:16 PM



    I really like the song analysis stuff and would love to see more of that. I would like to understand that a lot more for compositing. I only done small amount of music piano lessons as a teenager and music theory so I am really liking this. love to see more of it. cool stuff!

  2. Anonymous

    Exceptional Course


    Along side with the Music Theory For Electronic Musicians 1 Class. These classes have been wonderful, very filled with useful content, very well thought out, and include tons of helpful information. I am 110% Satisfied with these classes and the instructor. I recommend these set of classes to anyone interested in learning music theory! Kudos to the instructor, keep up the great work!!