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Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 2 - Chords, Scales, & Keys

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  1. Introduction

    Welcome & Overview
  2. Tools we will use in this course
  3. Update! MuseScore 3.0
  4. DOWNLOAD: Staff Paper
  5. Chromatic & Diatonic Scales
    What are scales, and why do we care?
  6. Definitions: Chromatic and Diatonic
  7. Ordered Pitch Class Collections
  8. Chromatic Scales
  9. The Major Scale
    Scale degrees and Tonic
  10. Scale Degrees and Solfege
  11. How to Practice
  12. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 1
  13. Using major scales (writing a melody)
  14. Scales and Keys
    Melody Analysis
  15. What does it mean to be "in key"?
  16. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 2
  17. Major Key overview
  18. Major Keys
    What is a key signatures?
  19. Identifying key signatures
  20. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 3
  21. What are chords?
  22. Chords!
    Song analysis
  23. Triads
  24. Building Triads
  25. The Diatonic Chord Progression
  26. Inversions
  27. Roman Numerals
  28. Song analysis, version 2
  29. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 4
  30. The inside of a triad
  31. Dissecting Triads
    The third holds the power
  32. Finding chords by half-step
  33. Finding fifths by thirds
  34. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 5
  35. Diminished Triads
  36. More with Triads
    Augmented Triads
  37. Adding more octaves to triads
  38. Chords on the Guitar
  39. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 6
  40. Analysis Overview
  41. Pieces for Analysis
    Analysis: Canon in D (Pachabel)
  42. Non-Chord Tones
  43. Minuet in G File
  44. Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach) - Part 1
  45. Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach) - Part 2
  46. Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach) - Part 3
  47. DOWNLOAD: PDF of full Analysis
  48. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 7
  49. What are 7th Chords?
  50. 7th Chords
    The 4 Types of 7th Chords
  51. Major 7th Chords
  52. Minor 7th Chords
  53. Dominant 7th Chords
  54. DOWNLOAD: PDF of Minuet in G including 7th Chords
  55. Blues and the Dominant 7th Chord
  56. 7th Chord reference sheet
  57. DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 8
  58. What comes next?
  59. Wrap Up
    Thanks & Bye!
  60. Bonus Lecture
  61. The Whole-Half Pattern


Hi Everyone –

MuseScore recently release version 3.0. In this class you will see me using Version 2.

You are welcome to use Version 3 – there is no significant changes to the look and feel of it, so you should be able to follow along just fine.

But there is a change to the price:

MuseScore, as a desktop application, is still free – so please use that. But if you search for MuseScore as a tablet application, you will find a rather expensive program. This is not the version I am using in this class. I am using the desktop application (for Mac, but the PC version is fine, too). You are welcome to use the tablet version, but please note it is not a free program.

That’s it! On to the class!