Music Theory Concepts for Conveying Emotion

Will Edwards, Artist. Creative Problem Solver. Musician

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14 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction

      0:53
    • Building Major Scales

      4:22
    • Relating Major Scale and Major Harmony

      6:02
    • Building Minor Scales

      2:08
    • Relating Minor Scale and Minor Harmony

      4:54
    • Examining Rhythm and Tempo

      3:07
    • Harmony and Context

      2:08
    • Options for Cadences

      5:07
    • Defining and Exploring Melody

      4:04
    • Color/Timbre Explained

      4:04
    • Register Explained

      2:48
    • Range Explained

      2:03
    • Timbral Character Explained

      1:43
    • Final Thoughts

      2:12

About This Class

This course explains important music theory concepts that help during the composition or songwriting process.  You'll learn how major and minor scales are built and you'll learn how and why chords relate to major and minor scales so that you can make better, more informed choices when you're writing chord progressions (harmony).  You'll become familiar with patterns in scales and chords and learn how composing using numbers (numerals), rather than notes, is the best way to go!

You'll also learn about rhythm, cadences, register, range and timbre.  If you have a background in these topics then this course will provide some perspective on how these concepts relate to the process of writing music that conveys specific emotions.  This course is helpful to any student looking to learn about music theory and the fundamentals of compositional theory.  However, this course is specifically designed to support my other course: Film and Game Music Theory: Conveying Emotion.

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Will Edwards

Artist. Creative Problem Solver. Musician

I am a full-time professional musician who has broad teaching experience with guitar & bass students in rock, blues, jazz and many other genres. I perform live on bass, guitar and keyboards.  In addition, I perform live electronic music improvisation.  I've devoted over 26 years to my own well-rounded musical education, focusing on a mastery of all aspects of modern music - from music theory to ear training; from live performance to composition and practice routines.<...

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