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This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom v ...
 
The Theory Club is a podcast centered around topics in music theory, musicology, performance, analysis, and research, from the perspective of two students. Join your fellow theory nerds for their fourth season in April, and stay tuned for bonus episodes! Hosted by Lydia Bangura and Emily Zwijack. Got questions or feedback? Interested in being a guest on the pod? Send inquiries to: thetheoryclubpodcast@gmail.com
 
The main goal is to create content that helps you in your creative journey of making your own music! You will either find case study episodes and listen to how each song grows as I go through my music composition process; or episodes about music theory tips for songwriters, tools and other creative strategies to keep your music flowing.
 
This podcast features free audio guitar lessons that teach practical concepts of music theory to modern guitar players. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar music. This material is suitable for intermediate level players on up and can be followed on either an acoustic or electric guitar. It is recommended that you begin with the first episode uploaded on June 6, 2007 (What Is Guitar Theory?), and then follow the lessons in order fr ...
 
Many composers struggle to write original and fresh music and get frustrated. At the Music Interval Theory Academy (MITA), we teach a transparent and proven methodology that will help you define your unique musical voice and raise above the generic sound of everybody else. Don't be tricked into believing that most of the composers you admire are (or were) born geniuses. We know that the vast majority of great composers are trained. We know you are the kind of composer who wants to be a power ...
 
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Steven Wilson: Make Music Like This "Accentuate the things in what you do that are unusual, and that a big record company guy would probably tell you you shouldn’t be doing!" –Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) WELCOME Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, eas…
 
SHOWNOTES We already talked about sketching, and today, Frank wants to dive deeper into why you should sketch quickly! There's more to it than you might think, so let's jump right in! Link to episode 5 - "7 Reasons Why You Should Sketch": https://open.spotify.com/episode/16dPAY3tCslNQxQBuWBuL0 For more information about the shortest and most effici…
 
In the last episode of season four, Lydia chats with Dr. Jenny Snodgrass (Lipscomb University) about her experiences as an opera singer (and with computer programming), her upcoming career change, the music theory pedagogy conference coming up next month, and her 2020 book Teaching Music Theory: New Voices and Approaches. Jenny's book Music Theory …
 
Orchestrate Drum Patterns for Better Beats Beginner beats usually use only three elements of the drum kit. So, in this lesson you'll learn how to make pro beats by voicing them over the whole kit. But first... Tea! INTRO Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fas…
 
How to Make Polymetric Beats In this tutorial you’ll learn a 3-step hack for making polymetric drum beats. We invite you to work along with us through the following steps, so by the end of this lesson, you’ll also have a finished drum beat. But first... Tea! INTRO Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony…
 
SHOWNOTESOk, the pentatonic world will probably be within the repertoire of most guitar players! But do you know what "Power Pentatonic" is? ... It's pentatonic on steroids using interval theory and opens up many musical doors you can enter to enhance any given story. Let's listen to how this sounds and where to use it most efficiently when composi…
 
Odd-Time Hack for Better Beats In this lesson you'll learn how to use odd time signatures, but without them sounding odd. But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you just want a r…
 
In episode seven of season four, we chat with Dan Inglis about his choose your own adventure music education, his career as a voice and piano teacher, and his music theory YouTube channel centered around developing aural skills for singers. Dan's website (he's available for Zoom lessons!) Dan's YouTube channel Timestamps: Dan's background: 4:11 Dan…
 
What’s a circle chord progression? I discuss this composition technique in my latest podcast episode and explain how it relates to the Circle of Fifths used in music. I give you a few examples based on familiar songs and demonstrate how playing the 5th cycle backward creates the circle of 4ths. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play…
 
SHOWNOTES Way too many composers don't follow any process when creating music. Guess what? You won't control your musical outcome if you don't know HOW to get results. In this episode, Frank shares his best practices for setting up a process so that you turn into a music-making machine! 1) Gathering materials 2) Sketching out the idea 3) Developing…
 
In episode six of season four, Lydia talks to Amelia Wellers about her experiences in music performance and music production, having a career outside of music, her rock album Wallflower (produced with Kyle Joseph), and how she uses music theory as a singer-songwriter and producer. Stream Wallflower everywhere! Get in touch with us at: thetheoryclub…
 
In episode 122 of the Guitar Music Theory podcast, I welcome my friend David Lund to talk about the Line 6 Helix plus answer questions about shopping for a guitar, learning songs, playing modes, and more. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the questions about your playi…
 
Bass Contour Rule Learn how to write better bass lines by creating melodic contours with 3rds and non-harmonic notes. But first… Tea! INTRO Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you just want a…
 
In episode five of season four, Lydia chats with Dr. Marc Hannaford (University of Michigan) about his experiences as a jazz pianist, pursuing careers in both music performance and music academia, and his forthcoming article "Fugitive Music Theory and George Russell's Theory of Tonal Gravity." https://marchannaford.com/ https://marchannaford.bandca…
 
SHOWNOTESThis is one of those special episodes where TC and Frank step into a casual conversation and reflect on some previous episodes. Join some deep interval theory talk and discover TC's and Frank's highlights of this podcast so far.Link to the Podcast page:https://musicintervaltheory.academy/podcast/For more information about the shortest and …
 
In my latest podcast episode, I discuss the Dadd4add9 chord. This is a complex-sounding chord that is actually very easy to play. Use it to spruce up your playing and make things sound more interesting. It also goes by the name Dadd2add4 and even D11. I explain where its names come from and give you examples of how it's used in familiar songs. The …
 
Melody Interval Rule In this lesson you’ll learn a common fault that many songwriters and producers make when writing melodies. More importantly, though, you’ll learn our theory hack for quickly and easily fixing this fault. But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack M…
 
In episode four of season four, we have Dr. William Hussey (Roosevelt University) back on the podcast to discuss his experiences teaching back in person, his syllabus and seminar centered around the life and works of Florence Price, and encountering imposter syndrome as an academic. Timestamps: Teaching back in person during the pandemic: 2:31 Teac…
 
A special bonus episode that Lydia recorded for her Everyday Musicology class! Lydia names her favorite Beyoncé songs, describes Beyoncé's particular expression of Black womanhood, and explores her complicated relationship to feminism, Black capitalism and Black excellence. Shoutout to her brilliant professor Dr. Castro and all of her amazing cla…
 
Frustrated Music Producer? This Is For You! Music is an art, so technically there can’t be any mistakes. But, and it’s a big but, there can definitely be faults, as faults are weaknesses. And unfortunately, when songwriters and producers compose by ear, their music ends up with many faults! For the record, though, it’s not their fault. It’s the fau…
 
Wrong Notes for Better Bass Lines In this lesson you'll learn how to spice up your bass using non-diatonic notes (AKA chromatic notes). But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you…
 
Episode two of season four, during which we listen to and discuss Beethoven's Egmont Overture, reflect on the implications of performing the piece, and discuss music as a mood regulator. Timestamps: Our experiences playing the piece: 7:18 Listening to and discussing the piece: 23:16 What do you use music for? 35:57 Get in touch with us at: thetheor…
 
SHOWNOTESToday, we want to orchestrate on the guitar using the outside interval (OI). You will be surprised about how many musical opportunities show up when focusing on the outside interval of any given vertical structure. The guitar is an excellent instrument for playing those wide intervals, but they also work nicely in the orchestra or other ar…
 
In this bonus episode, we listen to Vitali's Chaconne for violin and piano, and Lydia geeks out about all of the interesting music related things she's been reading in class. Susan McClary's chapter in Ritual, Routine, and Regime: Repetition in Early Modern British and European Cultures (ed. by Lorna Clymer) Suzanne Cusick's Feminist Theory, Music …
 
Better Beats in 1 Second. Seriously! In this lesson you'll learn how to improve your drum beats in one second. Seriously. But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you just want a r…
 
In this bonus episode, we catch up about our new semesters and discuss Joseph Straus' article in Music Theory Spectrum, "Music Theory's Therapeutic Imperative and the Tyranny of the Normal," centered around disability in music. Get in touch with us at: thetheoryclubpodcast@gmail.com
 
In my latest podcast episode, I discuss the top 10 fingerpicking songs you should learn. If you want to develop the fingerpicking techniques commonly used in popular styles of music, these songs are some of the best to learn. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit https://GuitarMusicTheory.com - answer the quest…
 
SHOWNOTES'13's are unique - that's one octave and one half-step. It can stick out very quickly in compositions but also provides many opportunities. It's essential to know its unique character to use it most efficiently. It's time for dissonance!Link to the Podcast page:https://musicintervaltheory.academy/podcast/For more information about the shor…
 
Meshuggah Hack for Better Djent Riffs In this lesson you'll learn how to improve your Djent riffs using a hack from Meshuggah "I Am That Thirst", which is off their new album "Immutable". But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun w…
 
How to Add Energy to Bass Lines In this lesson you'll learn how to write better bass lines, by using 1/16 rests. But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher,…
 
Harmonic Rhythm for Better Bass Learn how to write better bass lines by improving your harmonic rhythm! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, then read our free book …
 
In my latest podcast episode, Matt Reviere and I answer questions about pinch harmonics, thumb placement, hearing protection, pentatonic scales, E flat tuning, and more. Additionally, we get a voicemail message from Dan Daniels who informs me about a problem with the shipping rates on my website. 🎸 What do you SPECIFICALLY need to do in order to pl…
 
How to Make Better Dance Beats In this lesson you'll learn how to improve your four-on-the-floor drum beats. But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory, the fast, easy and fun way to make music! If you’re new to theory, or if you just want a refresher, the…
 
SHOWNOTESGuitar players love the Lydian mode (and some of them don't even know that they do :D ...). Today, let's dive into the Lydian sound and see how it can create wonderful sounds on the guitar and composition. It's actually fascinating how quickly one can transition into intervallic thinking when starting from a scale, so let's jump into the c…
 
In my latest podcast episode, I show you an easy way to play the Pink Panther Theme on guitar. This song makes use of the pentatonic scale, blues scale, minor scale, and harmonic minor scale. There's also good use of chromatic half-step movement and a tritone substitution. I also discuss my new Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB Audio Interface (Gen 3) a…
 
Chord Flow Rule In this lesson you’ll learn a common fault that many songwriters and producers make when writing chord progressions. More importantly, though, you’ll learn our theory hack for quickly and easily fixing this fault. But first… Tea! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to H…
 
SHOWNOTES"Sketching is essential, and you should do it!" If you don't know why you should sketch, this episode is for you. Learn more about the benefits and how sketching can save you a ton of time! Link to the materials:https://musicintervaltheory.academy/podcast/For more information about the shortest and most efficient way to become a better com…
 
In my latest podcast episode, I have another installment of How Does This Song Work featuring "Blackbird" by The Beatles. This song was written, sung, and played by Paul McCartney. It features a combination of finger picking and finger strumming plus compound 3rd intervals, chromatic voice leading, and a key change. I teach these types of compositi…
 
SHOWNOTESIt's about time to dive deeper into one of the spiciest intervals we have available; the minor second, or the '1' how we call it in interval theory. We'll listen to many applications on the guitar, but the concepts work the same way on any other instrument and composition.Link to the materials:https://musicintervaltheory.academy/podcast/Fo…
 
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