Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2: Minor keys and More

Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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26 Videos (5h 7m)
    • 1 WelcomeHD

    • 2 Avicii AnalysisHD

    • 3 1MinoorScalesHD

    • 3 2Relatives

    • 3 3MinorChordProgressionsHD

    • 3 4HarmonicMinorHD

    • 4 Deadmau5HD

    • 5 CircleofFifths1HD

    • 5 CircleofFifths2HD

    • 6 GetLuckyHD

    • 7 1 7th chordsHD

    • 7 2 9ths&13thsHD

    • 7 3SusChordsHD

    • 7 4 BillyJeanHD

    • 7 5ClusterChordsHD

    • 8 BoardsofCanadav2

    • 9 1MelodyFromChordsHD

    • 9 2ChordsfromMelodyHD

    • 9 3CountermelodyArpeggioHD

    • 10 SkrillexHD

    • 11 1 Basslines rootnotesHD

    • 11 2 BassRiffsHD

    • 11 3 MudHD

    • 12 AphexTwinHD

    • 13 ChromaticismHD

    • 14 ThanksAndGoodbyeHD


About This Class

This course is an extension of Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, 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 minor keys, focus some time on melody writing and bassline writing, and talk about how different tracks work.

Extensive Analysis
The most important part of this class is an extensive analysis of tracks by Daft Punk, Avicii, Skrillex, and many more. In each of these analysis segments, we look at their tracks on the piano roll editor, and talk about why they sound the way they do, and how you can use similar techniques in your own music. Each of these segments picks apart multiple elements of the song and dissects it in an easy to understand way.

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in producing their own tracks. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

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.

18 of 18 students recommendSee All

I really like J's style. Clear and practical. Always confused the relationship between notes in key and chords in key, however after his explanation, I don't know how i possibility could have confused them! Bonus points for keeping out the fluff not required for producing electronic music.





Jason Allen

PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

In 2014, Allen was a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Instructor. He has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

Born and raised in Michigan, Allen has worked with many forms of interactive media including audio, video, installation and dance. Mr. Allen’s work has been experienced all over the world, and has been called “a study in ominous sound and motion,”(Baltimore Sun) “An aural hallucinogen,” (Minnesota Public Radio) and “A beautiful and engaging use of technology. ” (Cogapp: The Art and Science Blog). In 2003 Allen joined the team of the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art where he was the assistant director and lead producer through 2009.