Music Composition with the Piano: Ultimate Keyboard Theory

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8 часов курса
Курс от Udemy
Чему вы научились?
Unleash your composing & songwriting with tools to unblock the writing process and generate material with ease
Express yourself and your musical ideas fluently, at the keyboard and DAW
Use extended music theory without reading a line of music
Compose different styles of music; filmic, classical, jazz and mainstream through a fundamental understanding of harmony
Build interesting chord progressions and choose from hundreds of other options when something doesn’t sound quite right
Teach others the fundamentals of music theory and composition and keep teaching yourself well
Much, much more in terms of the granular details!
О курсе

This music composition course has four core elements:

  • An extensive introduction to piano technique, theory & arrangement
  • Fundamental & advanced harmony & music theory at the piano taught & learned in a practical way you can start using immediately. (as opposed to learning how to read, which isn’t as efficient as a learning strategy.)
  • A look at powerful compositional techniques and strategies to help you generate material and problem solve when you get stuck
  • Conventions and structures of piano chords, progressions and songwriting, so that you can analyse and grow your knowledge of building songs & tracks.
  • Many composers, producers and songwriters feel restricted by their lack of ability and knowledge of music theory at the piano. Without doubt, one of THE greatest things you can do to supercharge your composing and songwriting abilities is to gain greater technique and experience in modern day harmony at the piano.

    The aim of this course is to give you a powerful and extensive compositional vocabulary, from the ground up - right up to advanced music theory, chords & harmony. And it does it all through a practical, hands on experience of theory at the piano, and it’s all accessible without having to read any music.

    This course was designed for three types of musician, the beginner and intermediate

    • Producer
    • Composer (Film & Games)
    • Songwriter  

    For the beginner, this course takes you from literally ground zero into the building blocks of what makes music work, right up to advanced harmony - without skipping a beat. You’ll learn to write a wealth of different material at the piano and start your composing journey off right with a powerful skillset at the piano.

    For the intermediate composers, producers and songwriters who are already serious about their craft but feel restricted by never really getting their head around piano & theory - this course covers almost everything you need to know. It’s built from thousands of hours (literally) of experience in private teaching with composers, producers & songwriters with a highly experienced teacher. For those of you who feel your writing ability is held back by your piano, arranging, compositional strategy & harmonic knowledge this course is completely designed for you.

    And even if you’re basically semi-pro, but think your piano technique, voicings and harmonic knowledge are missing a trick, I still know the course will be of value to you. We cover extended Jazz Harmony, thematic writing, non-diatonic chord relationships and more.

    At the end of this course not only are you going to feel more strong and fluent as a writer, you’re going to be able to solve critical problems on the fly whilst composing; things like:

    • ‘Where do I start? How do I generate material?’
    • ‘I have a chord progression, how do I make it more interesting?’
    • ‘How can I make my chords sound more sophisticated?’
    • ‘I have a chord progression, but I don’t know where to take it next’
    • ‘What’s the musical science behind why that sounds like it does
    • ‘I have chords, how do I add a bass line?’
    • ‘I have a melody, how do I add chords?’
    • ‘I have chords, how do I add a melody?’
    • ‘I have a bass line, how do I add chords?’
    • ‘My melodies sound a little dull, how can I make them more interesting?’
    • ‘If my chords are going to stay the same, how can I make them sound different or more inspiring for the next section?’

    At the end of this course, you’re going to be able to:

    • Express yourself and your ideas fluently
    • Know how to compose well & use extended music theory without having to involve yourself in reading music but by understanding simple patterns at the piano.
    • Unleash your writing with tools to unblock the writing process and generate material with ease
    • Be able to write anything from classical music, to jazz music to mainstream music - because the fundamental building blocks of harmony are largely the same.
    • Build interesting chord progressions and choose from hundreds of other options when something doesn’t sound quite right
    • Alleviate a lot of writer's block!  
    • Have specific principles, techniques and formulas for making music work at your fingertips
    • Teach others the fundamentals of music theory and composition and keep teaching yourself so that you can learn and master piano more and more.

    This course contains many piano tutorials on piano scales, piano chords, exercises and is the perfect way to learn piano online.

    More of the elements we cover:

    • How to write a song
    • How to compose music
    • How to improvise
    • All the most common piano chords and how to create them instantly
    • How to play jazz chords on the piano
    • The most common chord progressions and how to manipulate them into your songs
    • How to write music compositions for film or games
    • How to write themes for characters in films or musicals
    • The fundamentals of musical composition
    • How to compose piano music
    • How to play keyboard scales
    • What chords sound good together
    • How to modulate between different keys
    • How to create different feelings with literally hundreds of different scales (I’m not talking about different root notes here with just minor, major, blues etc - this is a whole other level of scales you’ve probably never used.)
    • How to transpose between different keys and transpose the songs you love into the right key for you or someone else to sing to
    • How to accompany singers
    • Many different accompanimental patterns to suit different circumstances
    • How to analyze music
    • How to read chord symbols
    • How to find the key of a song
    • Why the favourite sounds of your fav artists are so
    • How to write effective melodies that are really interesting
    • How to structure your compositions well with harmony
    • How to voice and arrange and play your chords in interesting ways
    • How to write bass lines
    • How to write effective voice leading with 3 or 4 parts for orchestral string writing
    • How to create pretty much any chord from scratch, including: major, minor, diminished, augmented, suspension, major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th, diminished 7th, 9th chords, 11th chords & 13th chords.
    • How to reharmonize and make your progressions rhythmically interesting
    • The power of tension and resolution in music writing

    This course has A TON of theory in it. But the goal is not to turn you into a theory monster who composes theoretical music. The goal of this course is to give you fluency and OPTIONS so you can choose who you want to be and how you want to write, and express yourself in your own unique way.

    Above all, you should know that I obsess about teaching effectively - there’s no rambling, tangents, wasted space or filler. It’s not 30 hours (yet) because I’ve made every video super condensed and to the point, whilst trying not to rush. I also care deeply about and teach you how to think & learn music effectively.
    I hope to see you on the inside

    Jack Vaughan

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    Free Online Lesson/Chat
    An open invite for all course participants to book a free coaching session with me online.
    Up & Running with Chords & Melodies
    In this section we start with the building blocks of music and the piano to get you up and running with playing, harmony and writing basic chords & melodies. We also write an ambient track!
    The Grid
    The fundamental starting point for all music theory: the grid represents pitch and time on apattern-based structure which we can get our head around without having to read music. In this video we introduce this concept and its foundational importance for all of the music theory and “complexity” to come.For those who are beginners with music theory, starting with something simple like the grid vastly improves your learning abilities and musical retention. The reason is because we can immediately start to understand the fundamental elements of music and think about how the building blocks fit together immediately.
    When we get to the later parts of the course, this thinking will help you - because even complex theoryremains just as simple in terms of the building blocks. Everything you learn and compose will fit into this idea of the grid, so get your head round it before continuing.
    The Chromatic Scale
    If we are to think of things on a grid, we need to know the basic building blocks of that grid. The chromatic scale is the next stage in our journey into music theory. The chromatic scale is simply all notes in order and in this video we go over it’s theory and how to play around with it on the piano.We also touch on intervals briefly and explore jumping spaces that are made up of more than 1 square or small interval (otherwise known as a semitone).
    Creating a Major Key
    Now that we understand the structure of the grid, what we can do is start learning new patterns or “formulas” and apply that pattern all over the piano and keyboard to create that structure wherever we want. The first formula or structure we will learn is the major scale which will eventually lead us to creating all chords inside of every single key and then onto minor keys as well. It’s a great starting point for music theory! By learning the major scale formula we also encounter tones and semitones and start becoming more familiar with these basic building block intervals. We then look at creating three major scales: G Major Scale, C Major Scale and F Major Scale.
    Creating Chords Inside of a Key
    In this video we cover how to create chords inside of a major scale. We understand the concept of root notes, thirds and fifths. We play chords on every degree of the scale and start to understand the numerical nature of chords and the concept of playing chord 1, chord 2, chord 3 etc…
    Naming Notes on the Piano
    You can actually compose without knowing the note names, because really all music is is patterns. However, to learn other people’s music, write your own and work with anyone - you have to be able to refer to notes with names. In this video we start learning all of the note names and assign a practice to make every single note an orientation point.We also learn sharp and flat notes.This is a vital step for your learning in music theory and one you should definitely do full heartedly! Do not skip this or do it partially, it will come to bite you again in the future if you do.
    • A piano or keyboard is all that's required. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
    • If you're familiar with it already - production software (Logic, Ableton etc) to implement the writing exercises.
    Jack Vaughan
    Jack Vaughan
    Composer, Producer and Teacher |
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