About This Course
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.
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.
Who should take this 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.
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.
What are the requirements?
- 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.
What am I going to get from this course?
- 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
Who is the target audience?
- 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.
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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|Section 1 - Welcome And Overview|
|Section 2 - Analysis: Shame On Me (Avicii)|
|Analysis: Shame On Me (Avicii)||00:00:00|
|Section 3 - Minor Scales And Keys|
|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|
|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|
|Section 12 - Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)|
|Analysis: Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)||00:00:00|
|Section 13 - Chromaticism|
|Section 14 - Thanks And Goodbye! (For Now)|
|Thanks And Goodbye! (For Now)||00:00:00|
|Some Extra Video Resources||00:00:00|