Music Theory

Latin Classic Rock Theory

January 10, 2013 2 Comments

Latin style music is known for its harmonic complexity, but today we’ll make it easy in this Latin classic rock lesson.

The Jazz Toolkit – Diminished Leading Chords

December 5, 2012 1 Comment

Creating interesting sounding but powerful jazz progressions is easy. Today we’ll show you a simple trick to create some outside the box harmonies.

The Circle Progression – King of Chord Changes

November 29, 2012 1 Comment

The most powerful progression in all music – the circle progression. Today we’ll learn all about it and how to use it.

Advanced Riff Writing – Compound Intervals

August 28, 2011 3 Comments

Compound intervals are a great shape used by bands like The Strokes, Incubus, and Green Day to create riffs. Because they are fairly stripped down, they work great as 2nd guitar parts!

Jazz Progressions – Tritone Substitutions

August 16, 2011 No Comments

To make those classic jazz progressions, often players employ a neat trick called tritone substitutions. We’ll break it down and make it super simple!

Advanced Classic Rock Harmony – Parallel Minor

August 12, 2011 1 Comment

We’re looking at some advanced harmony concepts in today’s lesson, specifically the use of parallel minor. The Beatles would use this all the time in their progressions, and you can too!

Modes From A Scale

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Welcome to the world of modes! Don’t be scared though, we’ll break down this traditionally intimidating topic and make it super easy to grasp.

Modal Keys

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Now that we understand the basics behind modes, we’re going to see how we can create modal keys in order to write and understand music on a new level.

Intro to Inversions

July 28, 2011 No Comments

Welcome to the world of inversions! By taking chords we know and changing the lowest notes, we can get a host of new sounds! We’ll show you how it works.

How to Use a Capo to Change Keys

July 26, 2011 1 Comment

The capo is a super handy tool to let us change keys of the fly. In this lesson, we’ll show you how.

T and L Shape Theory

July 26, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ll be visiting and old topic but looking deeper into the theory behind the T and L shapes. Now we’ll understand the why, not just the how.

Sus Chord Theory

July 26, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’re peeling back the onion and looking at the theory behind sus chords. After this lesson you’ll understand how they work and be able to create you own sus chords!

Key of C 7th Chords

July 25, 2011 No Comments

Today we’re going to apply 7th chords to the key of C. Once you have a good grasp of this concept, you’ll be to write and create some smooth, jazzy songs.

Minor Key Theory

July 25, 2011 1 Comment

Understanding minor keys will help you to create sad, dark, beautiful, heavy, or metal songs. There’s so much you can do with minor keys so let’s go!

Music’s Code: The Major Scale Formula

July 17, 2011 No Comments

We’ve said it before, but music theory just might be the most important thing you need to become a great musician. Master it and there’s nothing you can’t do.

Theory Made Easy: Key of C

July 17, 2011 No Comments

Time to jump into the fun world of keys! Keys are ridiculously important and are everywhere you look. Prepare to get mind melted!

Theory Made Easy: Key of G

July 17, 2011 1 Comment

Plain and simple, understanding keys will let you understand how 90% of music is put together, and the key of G might be the king of them all.

Hoobastank Style I vi IV V riff

July 9, 2011 No Comments

The I vi IV V chord progression is one of the all time classics, and has limitless applications. We’ve got a killer Hoobastank riff today to show off a little of what this progression can do.

Intro to Diminished Chords

July 9, 2011 No Comments

No chord gets a worse wrap then the diminished chord. We’ll teach you how to play them and hopefully you’ll walk away with a little more respect for the diminished chord!

Using a Capo to Change Keys

July 9, 2011 No Comments

Learn how to use a capo to change the key of the song. This technique will require a bit of thinking, but we’ll break it down for you!

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