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DISCOVER THE SECRETS

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UNDERSTAND HOW MUSIC WORKS

Discover the power of learning music theory by understanding how music works. This unique approach will give you the tools to understand the language of music and show you how to immediately apply what you learn. And in the process of learning music theory, you will develop a rich understanding of music and develop a set of cover songs that you can use for YouTube promotion and in your live sets. We combine music theory with the art of the cover song and show you some music business tricks along the way to make you a better musician.

Module 1 - Intro to Music Theory


Dig into the foundational concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony that underpin all music theory. Learn tempo, meter, time signatures, subdivision, pitch and tonality, harmonic rhythm and much more. Once you have a handle on these concepts, you will discover ways to apply these concepts to your own creative work. An easy way to start!


Rhythm

  • Tempo
  • Meter
  • Time signatures
  • Measures/bars

Subdivision / beaming

  • Note values
  • Rest values

Melody

  • Pitch
  • Tonality – major / minor
  • Tonal center

Harmony

  • Root notes / chord quality
  • Harmonic rhythm

Song

  • 99 Problems

Business Lesson

  • YouTube cover strategy overview

Module 2 - Get Lucky


Let’s get funky! In this module, we’ll build on the basic concepts of melody and harmony from Module 1 and introduce the major scales, key signatures, intervals, and motifs you need to know along with an introduction into harmonic function. Once you understand these important areas, you will discover how to use them to infuse some of the funky goodness of “Get Lucky” into your own music.


Major Scale

  • Whole and Half Steps
  • Scale Degrees
  • Sharps and flats
  • Building major scales

Key Signatures

  • Sharp and Flat Keys
  • Circle of Fifths / Fourths

Motifs and Intervals

  • Generic
  • Diatonic 2nds/3rds
  • Motifs

Intro to Roman Numerals

  • Nashville Numbering System

Song

  • Get Lucky

Business Lesson

  • Titling and tagging your covers

Module 3 - Folsom Prison Blues


The brilliance of Johnny Cash cannot be overstated and “Folsom Prison Blues” is a great example of it. In this module, we will explore major triad harmony in greater detail and analyze how Johnny Cash used major triads and diatonic chord progressions. Then you will see ways you can apply these concepts to add a little of Cash’s creative genius to your own work.


Straight vs swing rhythm

Building major chords

  • Major triads

Diatonic harmony

  • Building chords from scale degrees
  • Developing melodies from triads

Business Lesson

  • Thumbnailing your covers

Module 4 - Valerie


Now that your knowledge of theory is starting to get stronger, we’ll use “Valerie” to explore some slightly more challenging harmonic ideas including major, minor, and augmented intervals, as well as more specific types of chord function. Then you will learn how to use these concepts to bring a little extra harmonic goodness into your original songs.


Phrases

Building minor chords

  • Minor triads

Chord function

  • Subdominant function
  • Dominant function
  • Tonic function

Business Lesson

  • Useing covers to drive interest to your original music

Module 5 - Uptown Funk


We’re movin’ uptown! It’s time to explore chromaticism, minor keys, and the concept of modes. We will take a look at some of the foundational pieces of “Uptown Funk” that use these concepts exceptionally well and then explore how you can infuse your own creative work with some of the same genius.


Chromaticism

  • Using chromaticism to create tension
  • Building the chromatic scale
  • Building the whole tone scale
  • Enharmonic spelling

Relative Minor

  • Introduction to modes
  • Aeolian / Relative minor scale
  • Dorian

Analysis

Applying modes for soloing and melodies

Business Lesson

  • Adding a Call to Action to your videos

Module 6 - Higher Ground


It’s time to explore the relative major and minor scales and their pentatonic forms. When it comes to applying these components to music, “Higher Ground” is hard to beat! After you explore learn these basics, you’ll learn how to use them to add some spice to your creative output.


Triplets

Chord function in minor

  • Minor tonic
  • b7 dominant
  • Predominant

Pentatonic

  • Building major pentatonic
  • Building minor pentatonic

Business Lesson

  • Copyright Basics

Module 7 - Hips Don’t Lie


It’s time to shake out the concepts of diatonic chords in minor tonalities, harmonic and motivic sequences and how these concepts can be used to create memorable chord progressions and hooks with “Hips Don’t Lie”. Once you start using these concepts, everyone will be on the floor dancing to your music in no time!


Diatonic chords in minor tonality

Harmonic sequence

Motivic sequence

Business Lesson

  • Licensing Cover Songs

Module 8 - Message in a Bottle


We will use “Message In a Bottle” to explore Sting’s incredible use of intervals to create rich, complex harmonies and riffs that demand the listener’s attention. We will discuss interval naming in much greater detail and how you can use intervals to construct rich harmonies in the style of The Police and many others. It’s time you shared your own message in a bottle!


Interval quality

Harmony

  • Major, minor, perfect, augmented, diminished
  • Building riffs and harmonies from intervals

Business Lesson

  • Using covers in your live set

Module 9 - Stay


In this module, we will explore how the power of inversions and voice-leading was used to create such a powerful chord progression in “Stay”. Then you will explore how to use these concepts to infuse some of that raw emotional power into your own creative work.


Pre-dominant chords to build tension

Voice leading

Intro to Inversions

Business Lesson

  • Collaborating with others to grow your audience

Module 10 - Titanium


In this final module, we explore the simple, yet genius way that David Guetta used arpeggios and the voice-leading concepts of parallel and contrary motion to produce “Titanium”. Then you will see at how to apply these concepts to strengthen your own music.


Open position/open voicing chords

Arpeggios

Inversions

  • Root position
  • First inversion
  • Second inversion
  • Third inversion

Contrary motion

Parallel motion