Music Composition with the Piano

Jack Vaughan

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106 Lessons (7h 46m)
    • 1. Introduction

      4:05
    • 2. Overview of the Course

      5:10
    • 3. Preliminaries

      2:45
    • 4. The Grid

      3:38
    • 5. The Chromatic Scale

      4:14
    • 6. Creating a Major Key

      5:37
    • 7. Creating Chords Inside of a Key

      8:22
    • 8. Naming Notes on the Piano

      5:46
    • 9. Ambient Track Assignment

      1:44
    • 10. Ambient Track Example

      5:18
    • 11. Establishing 'Gravity' With Keys

      3:59
    • 12. The Circle of fifths Major Key Gravity

      7:15
    • 13. Creating a Minor Scale and Key

      5:01
    • 14. Circle of fifths Minor Key Gravity

      5:25
    • 15. Learning all Keys

      4:17
    • 16. Assignment Transposing Chords & Melodies

      4:09
    • 17. Get Composing!

      10:16
    • 18. Technique & Fluency at the Piano

      5:57
    • 19. Hand positions & Fingerings

      7:20
    • 20. Wandering Hands Backing Tracks

      0:26
    • 21. Assignment - Wandering Hands Track

      1:42
    • 22. Wandering Hands Example Track

      12:42
    • 23. Introduction to Chords in a Key - Diatonic Harmony

      8:43
    • 24. Analysing 1000+ Tunes

      4:12
    • 25. Common Chord Progressions and Conventions

      10:15
    • 26. 30% Different - Changing Standard Chord Progressions

      2:31
    • 27. Chord 5 in a Minor Key

      4:19
    • 28. Harmony Cheat Sheet: Stage 1

      1:55
    • 29. Tension & Resolution

      3:23
    • 30. Chord tones

      3:08
    • 31. Non Chord Tones

      3:22
    • 32. The Feelings of Different Intervals

      8:31
    • 33. Layering & Overlapping

      6:20
    • 34. Non diatonic Tones

      3:07
    • 35. The Pentatonic Scale

      3:58
    • 36. Patterns - The Way to think about your music

      3:59
    • 37. Assignment - Melody Writing

      2:18
    • 38. Example - Melody Writing

      4:17
    • 39. Roman Numerals in Analysis

      3:29
    • 40. Harmonic Structure

      3:12
    • 41. Repeating Harmony

      5:20
    • 42. Repeating Harmony Example

      5:00
    • 43. Small Changes in Harmony

      3:33
    • 44. Varying Your Bass Lines

      3:47
    • 45. Modulation - New Centres of Gravity

      7:30
    • 46. Assignment - Composing 3 different sections

      1:36
    • 47. 3 Different Sections Example Track

      1:55
    • 48. Introduction to Voicing

      2:34
    • 49. Arpeggiation

      2:14
    • 50. Examples of Arpeggiation in Context

      8:00
    • 51. Closed & Open Position Chords

      2:29
    • 52. Chord Inversions

      4:20
    • 53. Doubling Notes

      8:33
    • 54. Dropping Notes

      2:20
    • 55. Voice Leading

      7:50
    • 56. Grace Notes

      2:27
    • 57. Accompaniment Singers Assignment

      4:49
    • 58. Accompaniment for Singers Example

      2:22
    • 59. Orchestral String Writing Assignment

      2:35
    • 60. Orchestral String Writing Example

      1:46
    • 61. Example of Voice Leading

      3:18
    • 62. Harmony Cheat Sheet Level 2

      0:46
    • 63. Bass Lines Introduction Supporting the Harmony

      4:23
    • 64. Voice Leading & Passing Notes

      4:32
    • 65. Bass Line Riffs

      2:40
    • 66. Introduction to Chords from Scratch

      1:30
    • 67. In Depth Chords from Scratch

      1:54
    • 68. How to Create Triads from Scratch

      6:05
    • 69. Suspension Chords

      2:42
    • 70. Working out the Key of a Song

      3:38
    • 71. Modulation & Secondary Dominants

      5:25
    • 72. Pushing Out of the Key Example Track

      1:24
    • 73. Introduction to Upper Structures

      2:58
    • 74. Creating 7th Chords from Scratch

      7:43
    • 75. Diminished & Augmented & 7th Chords

      2:58
    • 76. Creating 9th Chords from Scratch

      3:36
    • 77. Creating 11ths 13th Chords from Scratch

      4:11
    • 78. Upper Structure Assignments

      1:55
    • 79. Upper Structure Composing Example

      1:42
    • 80. How to Read Chords and Chord Symbols

      7:29
    • 81. Harmony Cheat sheet Level 3

      0:43
    • 82. Where do I Start? Generating material with rules

      9:06
    • 83. Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

      9:03
    • 84. Problem Solving

      9:46
    • 85. Introduction to Harmonic Rhythm

      4:55
    • 86. Passing chords & Reharmonisation

      6:50
    • 87. Reharmonisation Assignment

      0:24
    • 88. Melodic Rhythm

      3:48
    • 89. Phrasing & Space

      2:47
    • 90. Phrasing and Melodic Rhythm Assignment

      1:32
    • 91. Standard Accompaniment Patterns (with commentary)

      5:49
    • 92. Standard Accompaniment Patterns (no commentary)

      5:49
    • 93. Musical Layers & Alignment

      3:54
    • 94. Musical Alignment Example

      5:45
    • 95. The Chord Progression Bible

      3:32
    • 96. What Scales go with What Chords?

      3:43
    • 97. The Blues Scale

      2:09
    • 98. Harmonic & Melodic Minor Scale

      2:41
    • 99. The Scale Omnibus

      3:44
    • 100. Paired Pentatonics

      7:03
    • 101. Modes

      7:32
    • 102. Introduction to Chord Relationships

      5:59
    • 103. Chord Relationship & Arpeggiation Assignment

      1:32
    • 104. Chord Relationship & Arpeggiation Example

      3:51
    • 105. Writing Themes

      3:15
    • 106. Conclusion of the Course

      2:59
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About This Class

Unleash your composing & songwriting with tools to unblock the writing process and generate material at the piano with ease, whether you're a beginner or intermediate at piano & music theory. 

The course consists of four core elements: 

  • Piano technique, theory & arrangement.
  • Fundamental & advanced harmony & music theory.
  • Compositional techniques and strategies 
  • Piano chords, progressions and songwriting

What you will learn. 

  • 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