So many people want to learn music but end up learning to copy what we see on an instrument. I wanted to know more about music than just what is written on the sheet music. I have learned so much since I started my music journey and the foundation is understanding scales and chords.
What does this course teach you?
This course teaches you scales and chords which all your favorite songs are based on. Once you are comfortable and "really" understand the scale your song is written in then the song becomes so much easier. It will cover:
- Major Scales
- Minor Scales (modes)
- Different ways to learn your scales
- Major, minor, Diminished, and Augmented chords
- How to read chord variations (sus, 7th, dom7, 5 chords)
- How to read chord charts
- How to transpose songs (change the scale or key of the song)
We are going to try very hard to explain all the material in several ways, because everyone learns differently. We are also going to explain a lot of the terms of music so you don't have to have a musical dictionary at hand. Most of the terms are very basic in music that we will us.
This course includes video of me explaining the process. It also has exercises for you to try out on your and multiple downloads to look over offline.
Music is a process.
There are some really smart people that might memorize the facts of this course in a week or so. Music is a process though and not just facts. I will show you ways and exercises to use the knowledge in this course in practical ways so the information actually stays with you.
Why should you take this course?
You can take music lessons your whole life and rely on what people tell you. Many people continue to need others to tell them what to do. I won't be telling you how you should be playing your music at all in this course. I am giving you a tool to understand music. Some people leave the traditional teaching system and go to online song tutorials for their music help but you are still often just listening to someone tell how "they" play the song. This course will show you how to understand the music for yourself and make decisions on how it should be played. It will give you the foundation to not just play music but to create it.
Scales and chords are the building blocks of all of our songs. Even if we are singing an acapella song it still has a scale and chords underneath it. If you learn your scales then everything else will be easier to understand.
The circle of fifths is a common way to learn and understand the scales. It is very mathematical but also has an easy pattern or picture for those who understand better with pictures.
Counting out the steps is a very precise way to understand the scales. It's the most mathematical way to understand the scales.
If you have the sharps and flats memorized then you just have to know how many sharps or flats are in the scale and you already know how to play it.
If you know the notes in the scale then I can show you an easy way to learn all the chords that are in that scale.
- It would be best to have an instrument available to start to apply the skills you learn in this course
- No software required
- Having a basic understanding of music will be helpful but not required.