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About This Course

This course is an extension of Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2, 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 harmonic patterns (harmony) that are richer than just major and minor.

Production Techniques Through Theory

The most important part of this class is an extensive foray into using these techniques in actual tracks. I’ll be creating 9 tracks through this class, right along with you, each using a different technique so you can see exactly how I incorporate it right into my music.

Full Sessions

After each production project, I’ll give you the whole session of what I made using the techniques for you to play with. You can download it, expand on it, re-work it, and even release it as your work.

If Your Music is Missing Something, This is Probably It.

If you are finding that you are writing track after track, and while they sound good, there is something they are missing – then this it. You are missing the sense of harmony that professional producers have. In this class, I’ll arm you with all the tools you need to produce those tracks just like you imagine them.

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in producing their own music. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

Structure 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.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Ph.D. in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top20 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He is currently an adjunct professor of Composition and Music Theory at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

“Without a doubt the best explanation and ease of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you waiting for!”

“Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learned loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!”

“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

“I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!”

“I’ve watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!”

“Clear and Informative – Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!”

“Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”

“The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don’t want to know.”

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 new harmonic ideas to your songs
  • Produce music using techniques outside of just major and minor keys
  • Understand and use the 7 musical modes

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 musical harmony for electronic musicians.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about musical harmony for electronic musicians.

Course Curriculum

4h 15m

Section 1 - Welcome And Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
Working With The Piano Roll Editor 00:00:00
Major And Minor Chords, Scales, And Keys 00:00:00
Diatonic Chord Progressions 00:00:00
Section 2 - Modes! New Harmonic Territories
Introduction To New Harmonic Ideas (More Than Just Major And Minor) 00:00:00
How Modes Work 00:00:00
History Of The Modes 00:00:00
The Ionian Mode 00:00:00
The Dorian Mode 00:00:00
The Phrygian Mode 00:00:00
The Lydian Mode 00:00:00
The Mixolydian Mode 00:00:00
The Aeolian Mode 00:00:00
The Locrian Mode 00:00:00
Section 3 - Using Modes
A Word About Analysis Projects In This Class 00:00:00
Producing With Modes 00:00:00
Example Track Using Modes 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Full Session 1 00:00:00
Example Track Using Modes 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Full Session 2 00:00:00
Section 4 - Pentatonic Scales
What Are Pentatonic Scales 00:00:00
Uses Of The Pentatonic Scales 00:00:00
The Major Pentatonic Scale 00:00:00
The Minor Pentatonic Scale 00:00:00
Section 5 - Using Pentatonic Scales
Example Track With Pentatonic Scales 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Full Session 3 00:00:00
Example Track With Pentatonic Scales 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Full Session 4 00:00:00
Section 6 - Chromatic Mediants
What Are Chromatic Mediants? 00:00:00
Example Track With Chromatic Mediants 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Full Session 5 00:00:00
Example Track With Chromatic Mediants 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Full Session 6 00:00:00
Section 7 - Creating With Advanced Harmonies
Ok, We Have Tons Of Options Now. What Do I Do? 00:00:00
Tip 1: Work Backwards 00:00:00
Example Track Using The “Work Backwards” Technique 00:00:00
Tip 2: Map Out A Mode Or Scale And Explore It 00:00:00
Example Track Using “Mapping” 00:00:00
Tip 3: Find The “Essence” Of The Scale, Mode, Or Key. 00:00:00
Section 8 - Exotic Scales
What Are Exotic Scales 00:00:00
The Algerian Scale 00:00:00
The Arabian Scale (Diminished Scale) 00:00:00
The Major Arabian Scale (Major Locrian Scale) 00:00:00
The Japanese Scale (Hon Kumoi Shiouzhi) 00:00:00
The Japanese Scalex 00:00:00
The Balinese (Pelog) Scale 00:00:00
The Egyptian Scale 00:00:00
The Whole Tone Scale 00:00:00
The Spanish Gypsy Scale 00:00:00
The Hungarian Scale 00:00:00
The Hungarian Gypsy Scale 00:00:00
The Persian Hungarian Gypsy Scale 00:00:00
The Persian Scale 00:00:00
The Chinese Scale 00:00:00
The Oriental Scale 00:00:00
The Neapolitan Scale 00:00:00
The Hindu Scale 00:00:00
Raga Hanumatodi 00:00:00
Raga Todi 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Ableton Live Set With All Scales Mapped Out 00:00:00
Section 9 - Wrap Up
A Few Parting Words 00:00:00

Course Reviews


1 ratings
  1. Catherine Graham March 8, 2018 at 01:56 AM

    great production and detail


    very disappointed to hear they are making such a issue about copyright when its for educational purposes. I really liked that song analysis and composition analysis of popular or opera and classical music. I can’t see what they can make a fuss about when it is to teach ???? and I know it goes on in college classrooms and private lessons all the time! my teacher used to pull apart songs to help me understand more, its the only way some people can learn and some young people are willing to buy in. But how can they dice you on classical music?

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