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Offline Cryptinox

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Learning music theory
« on: August 15, 2022, 10:55:17 AM »
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  • Are there any musical people here who have any tips or resources for learning about music theory?

    Offline Giovanni Berto

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #1 on: August 15, 2022, 12:11:06 PM »
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  • How much do you know?

    Do you know the twelve notes? Whole step and half step? Any scales?


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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #2 on: August 15, 2022, 12:33:43 PM »
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  • How much do you know?

    Do you know the twelve notes? Whole step and half step? Any scales?
    A B C D E F G
    I am able to play a scale, I am pretty sure a whole step is a 2 fret space on a guitar and half is skip 1 fret. I don't know too much. I can read most of the treble clef.

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #3 on: August 15, 2022, 03:03:03 PM »
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  • Ok, so I'll assume that you know that the notes are 12:

    C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B

    So, you understand how a scale is constructed?

    Can you list the notes of a major and a minor scale in any key?

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #4 on: August 15, 2022, 03:56:11 PM »
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  • Ok, so I'll assume that you know that the notes are 12:

    C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B

    So, you understand how a scale is constructed?

    Can you list the notes of a major and a minor scale in any key?
    All I know is a scale is set of notes. No to the second.


    Offline Giovanni Berto

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #5 on: August 15, 2022, 09:20:47 PM »
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  • All I know is a scale is set of notes. No to the second.

    Then you can learn about, scales, intervals and then chords. I believe that this is a good sequence. 

    For a start, a major scale follows this formula:

    whole, whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half step.

    In the key of C:

    C, whole step-->D, whole step-->E, half step-->F, whole step-->G, whole step-->A, whole step-->B, half step-->C.

    I am sure that you can find some decent lessons about this for free in the internet.

    Scales are basically formulas that you can transpose to any key. You change the starting note and apply the formula to know the other notes.

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #6 on: August 16, 2022, 10:04:46 AM »
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  • Look up A Beginner’s Guide to Shape Note Singing, by L. Grayson.  I think it comes in a PDF.  Also, check out Sacred Harp on YT.  

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #7 on: September 15, 2022, 08:04:38 PM »
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  • Are there any musical people here who have any tips or resources for learning about music theory?
    Any particular instrument ? An electronic keyboard is a good leaning tool. Everything is linear left to right.

    Search the youtube theory lessons and find a video that makes sense.
    This guy is ok but moves a little fast. Just an example..



    For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places
    Ephesians 6:12


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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #8 on: September 15, 2022, 09:30:09 PM »
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  • Interesting video. Thank you for sharing. He has a plethora of videos online.

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #9 on: September 15, 2022, 10:53:02 PM »
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  • Any particular instrument ? An electronic keyboard is a good leaning tool. Everything is linear left to right.

    Search the youtube theory lessons and find a video that makes sense.
    This guy is ok but moves a little fast. Just an example..


    I'd have to know of a nice desk size electronic keyboard. I might buy a mini usb one for 10 bucks just to toy around with. I am trying to learn guitar but I also want to get myself an electronic autoharp.

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #10 on: September 16, 2022, 01:22:51 PM »
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  • 1) Piano (or cheap keyboard) is the easiest instrument to learn theory with because you can do everything on just the white keys (C major scale) then add the black notes later.

    2) When you play all the white keys in order you get the C major scale -

    C D E F G A B C 

    3) Then play every third note to build chords. Play them with your thumb, middle finger and pinky finger. So all the chords you need in C major are -

    Th M P Finger order

    C E G = C major
    D F A = D minor
    E G B = E minor
    F A C = F Major
    G B D = G Major
    A C E = A minor
    B D F = B diminished
    C E G = C Major (octave)

    4) Basically 95% of folk songs use the 1, 4, 5 chord progression - C, F, G.  
    (1, 4, 5 just means first note of scale 'C', then fourth note of the scale 'F', and fifth note of the scale 'G'.)


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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #11 on: September 16, 2022, 02:58:29 PM »
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  • All of these suggestions are excellent. If you can get your hands on some books by John W Schaum, they provide an excellent Foundation for beginners. Once you get your scales, and chord progressions learned, I would also recommend the exercises of Hanon. He has many volumes of scales that are varied that make for good finger exercises and muscle memory.

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    Re: Learning music theory
    « Reply #12 on: September 16, 2022, 04:58:24 PM »
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  • I'd have to know of a nice desk size electronic keyboard. I might buy a mini usb one for 10 bucks just to toy around with. I am trying to learn guitar but I also want to get myself an electronic autoharp.
    I found this helpful for ear training. You don't have to use all the effects he uses. 
    For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places
    Ephesians 6:12

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