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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2: Minor keys and More

Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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27 Videos (5h 7m)
    • 1 WelcomeHD

      3:52
    • 2 Avicii AnalysisHD

      22:02
    • 3 1MinoorScalesHD

      6:03
    • 3 2Relatives

      10:41
    • 3 3MinorChordProgressionsHD

      11:45
    • 3 4HarmonicMinorHD

      5:03
    • 4 Deadmau5HD

      25:46
    • 5 CircleofFifths1HD

      9:26
    • 5 CircleofFifths2HD

      13:38
    • 6 GetLuckyHD

      25:43
    • 7 1 7th chordsHD

      16:15
    • 7 2 9ths&13thsHD

      8:46
    • 7 3SusChordsHD

      4:41
    • 7 4 BillyJeanHD

      10:38
    • 7 5ClusterChordsHD

      3:25
    • 8 BoardsofCanadav2

      20:52
    • 9 1MelodyFromChordsHD

      14:08
    • 9 2ChordsfromMelodyHD

      13:32
    • 9 3CountermelodyArpeggioHD

      12:04
    • 10 SkrillexHD

      28:03
    • 11 1 Basslines rootnotesHD

      12:59
    • 11 2 BassRiffsHD

      8:26
    • 11 3 MudHD

      2:39
    • 12 AphexTwinHD

      12:21
    • 13 ChromaticismHD

      3:25
    • We Interrupt This Class...

      0:24
    • 14 ThanksAndGoodbyeHD

      0:51

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.

Structure
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.

21 of 21 students recommendSee All

I cannot imagine a newbie like me could understand perfectly what Jason has been covering so far. Amazing class and thanks for making the class so interesting!
Thank you for this! The course really contextualizes music theory and apply it across many genres. I think this is what my own practice was missing. :)

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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 ...

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