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  • Music Theory Lecture - What Every Pro Musician Needs To Know

    41:33

    This is my first music theory lecture on what every professional musican needs to know. I discuss everything from, key signatures, intervals, buliding triads and seventh chords, extended notes and upper structures, chord construction, harmonic analysis, mode to chord relationship, the major, melodic minor and harmonic minor scales and modes. I also explore the construction of auxiliary scales like:

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    Dominant Diminished
    Whole Tone
    Augmented Scale
    Multiple Pentatonic and Blues Scales

    And much, much more!

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  • Learn music theory in half an hour.

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  • Understanding Music Theory in One Hour - Animated Music Lesson

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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 15

    35:20

    TOPICS
    0:00 - Harmonic Progression (in major)
    5:07 - Harmonic Progression (in minor)
    6:56 - How to harmonize a melody (5 step method using diatonic root position triads only - no viio)
    7:46 - Start & end with I if possible
    8:11 - Penultimate chord is V if possible
    8:34 - Write all other chord options under other melody notes
    14:58 - Check harmonic progression
    15:25 - Change chords for every melody note
    22:20 - Part write
    29:21 - Analysis of J.S. Bach
    31:44 - CLARIFICATION: measure 3 on beat 1, it is D in first inversion – D/F# and IV6) & non-chord tone on the and of one is G# not E

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  • Music Theory Lecture: How To Use Modulations Part 1

    23:26

    This episode of Everything Music is How To Use Modulations Part 1.

    We define and explore:

    1. Diatonic Common Chord Modulation
    2. Chromatic Pivot Chord Modulation
    3. Enharmonic Dominant Modulation
    4. Deceptive Cadence
    5. Enharmonic Diminished 7th Modulation
    6. Diminished 7th to Dominant 7th Modulation
    7. Chromatic Mediant Modulation
    8. Common Tone or Pivot Note Modulation
    9. Direct or Linear Modulation
    10. Chain Modulation
    11. Parallel Modulation

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  • Bernstein, The greatest 5 min. in music education

    6:00

    This amazing lecture series (The unanswered Question ), is actually an interdisciplinary overview about the evolution of Western European classical music from Bach through the 20th century crisis and beyond a bit . Mr. Bernstein uses linguistics namely Chomskian Linguistics to provide a framework to illustrate how music and all the arts evolved toward greater and greater levels of ambiguity/expressivity over history until the 20th century crisis . He manages this impressive feat of popular education , by dividing music into; Phonology (the study of sound); Syntax (the study of structure) and; Semantics (the study of meaning)

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  • Beato Basics of Music Theory

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  • Music Theory Lecture - What Every Pro Musician Needs To Know Pt 2

    26:34

    This is Part 2 of my Music Theory Lecture on what every professional musican needs to know. I discuss everything from, Scale Degree Names, Harmonic Function, Secondary Dominants, Secondary Diminished Seventh Chords, Tonic to Pre-Dominant to Dominant movement.

    Scale Degree Names in a Major Key:

    I - Tonic
    ii - Supertonic
    iii - Mediant
    IV - Sub Dominant
    V - Dominant
    vi - Sub Mediant
    vii - Leading Tone

    And much, much more!

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  • Music Theory Lecture - Chord Families and Their Modes Part 2

    16:14

    This Is Part 2 of My Discussion on Chords Families and Their Modes In this this episode I provide the music examples from my lecture last week.

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  • Music Theory Lecture: How To Use Modulations Part 2

    20:55

    This episode of Everything Music is How To Use Modulations Part 2. (This is the updated version)

    We define and explore:

    Part 1

    1. Diatonic Common Chord Modulation
    2. Chromatic Pivot Chord Modulation
    3. Enharmonic Dominant Modulation
    4. Deceptive Cadence
    5. Enharmonic Diminished 7th Modulation

    Part 2

    6. Diminished 7th to Dominant 7th Modulation
    7. Chromatic Mediant Modulation
    8. Common Tone or Pivot Note Modulation
    9. Direct or Linear Modulation
    10. Chain Modulation
    11. Parallel Modulation
    12. Modal Modulation

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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 1

    27:04

    TOPICS
    1. The circle of fifths and key signatures
    2. Major scales
    3. Minor scales (natural, harmonic, melodic)

  • Music Theory Basics for Guitar: Lesson 1 - The Musical Alphabet

    8:25

    Lesson one of the basic music theory course for guitar! In this lesson I'll teach you all about the musical alphabet.

  • Music Theory Everyone Should Know

    40:00

    This is a discussion on Music Theory Everyone Should Know. We discuss key centers, chord construction, scales, scale degrees and chord progressions.
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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 11

    36:02

    TOPICS
    0:00 - Voice leading
    0:55 - The Melodic Line (Rhythm, Harmony, Contour, Leaps, Tendency Tones)
    10:08 - Analyzing a Melodic Line
    20:19 - SATB Notation
    22:00 - Voicing (Range, Voice Crossing, Spacing, Open vs. Close)
    29:43 - Examples of voicing specific chords

  • Music Theory: Harmonic Analysis of a Gavotte by J.S. Bach

    7:05

    We continue our discussion and study of modulation by examining the opening section of a keyboard piece (Gavotte) by J.S. Bach. In the video, Dr. W demonstrates how to spot when and where in a piece of music a modulation is taking place, and how to diagram it using the L bracket to label the common chord.

    Although the video refers to a specific example found in a standard harmony text, what is presented here may be applied universally.

  • Lennon, McCartney and You Guys; An AP Music Theory Lesson

    8:38

    Produced by The New York State Student Music Association, Mr. Doyle's sample lesson plan invites you into his high school music theory (AP) classroom for a lesson on chordal root movements. Using the harmonic plan from Paul McCartney's, Oh Darling as a four-part Roman numeral exercise, the students explore voice leading, non-harmonic tones, sight-singing, and finally backing up the Beatles original recording with their harmonization. Music theory teachers are encouraged to produce their own original video lesson demonstrations and submit them to the editors of the new, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online ( This exciting website is a valuable resource to all music theory educators.

  • Music Theory Everyone SHOULD KNOW | Chords, Progressions and Keys

    29:23

    In this episode we will discuss Music Theory Everyone SHOULD KNOW including Chords, Progressions and Keys. A Key to the Basics and more!

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  • The Math of Music - TWO MINUTE MUSIC THEORY #32

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    Did you know that all musical intervals can be expressed using some basic math? Today we talk about some of that math.

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  • Complete Piano Theory Course - Chords, Intervals, Scales & More!

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  • Music Theory Basics: Modes and How To Use Them

    41:42

    This video focuses on Music Theory Basics: Modes and How To Use Them.

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  • Ask Dr. B About Music Theory, Episode 1

    27:16

    TOPICS
    0:00 - Subscriber questions and 1st Species: Note Against Note
    2:10 - Fux, Gradus Ad Parnnasum



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    4:26 - use more imperfect than perfect consonances
    4:45 - must begin with perfect consonance (cantus firmus in the lower part = unison, P5, octave)
    5:00 - no unison except possibly at beginning and end
    5:23 - interval in the penultimate measure (with cantus firmus in the lower part) = major sixth
    6:25 - melodic movement
    a. no augmented, diminished, or chromatic intervals
    b. no outlining of tritone even when reached by step
    c. no leaps larger than a 5th (except octave and ascending m6)
    d. may not repeat tone more than once and only occasionally
    e. skips of more a 4th or more musical step back
    f. no skip into unison or octave
    12:30 - voice crossing allowed for voice leading purposes
    12:48 - Motion (direct, contrary, oblique)

    WRITING SPECIES COUNTERPOINT
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    24:52 - EXAMPLE: cantus firmus and counterpoint played on piano

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  • Mind-Bending Music Theory

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  • Basics of Music Theory: Part I

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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 2

    28:05

    TOPICS
    1. Minor scales using a key signature
    2. Intervals

  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 17

    8:14

    TOPICS
    0:00 - 4-voice part writing example in A major
    2:22 - 4-voice part writing example in b minor
    3:46 - 3-voice part writing example in A major (compare with 4-voice)
    5:23 - 3-voice part writing example in f minor

  • Music Theory Basics for Guitar: Lesson 2 - The Major Scale

    8:02

    In this lesson we'll look at how to form the all-important major scale!

  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 22

    18:57

    TOPICS
    0:00 - what is a cadence and how do you identify one?
    3:06 - authentic cadences
    3:47 - Perfect Authentic Cadence (PAC) = exclamation point
    6:23 - Imperfect Authentic Cadence (IAC) = period
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    11:48 - Deceptive Cadence (DC) = semicolon
    12:32 - Half Cadence (HC) = question mark
    13:46 - Phrygian Half Cadence
    18:02 - Plagal Cadence (PC)

  • Chord theory epic: functional harmony, secondary dominants, substitutions and diminished 7ths

    28:52

    Want to know more about chord theory and how harmony works? This tutorial takes a look at some of the more exotic chords you might find in a progression. It reviews the basics of diatonic chords and how to generate them and the different functions of important chords. Then I talk about secondary dominants, an interesting chord substitution and the notoriously tricksy diminished seventh chord.

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  • CRAZY Dominant Chords A La Jacob Collier Music Theory

    13:35

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    Again, maybe not for everybody - but the sheer harmonic competence and inventiveness displayed in his music is staggering.

    (Yes, I am fanboying a little on Jacob. Deal with it.)

    Today I want to focus on one of Jacob's most used tricks: how to create crazy dominant chords. This is one of the things that I found most attractive in his music at first: how he can write chords that by themselves sound ... horrible ... and yet in context sound smooth.

    At the beginning, I thought that to understand this would have required a super-high level of music theory, extreme competence in voice leading, absolute familiarity with chord substitutions...

    ... but it turns out that it's much, much simpler than that! In fact, as long as you know a few basic chords on the guitar, you can do it too!

    In the video, you find the 'general guideline' to create new crazy dominant chords, and several examples played for you.

    This lesson is guaranteed not to sound 'conventional'. Have fun!



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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 40

    22:17

    TOPICS:
    0:00 - Modulation
    1:16 - Modulation vs. Tonicization
    2:47 - Key relationships
    9:40 - Common Chord Modulation
    12:46 - Analyzing Common Chord Modulation

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    Hello Dr. B., Here is a question which confuses me, but I felt sure you would know the answer. I am using the wonderful book, Tonal Harmony by Kostka, I think you know it. There is a modulation exercise on page 296 with an extract of Bach: Jesu, du bist mein. The key signature has 2 flats yet it states the key as c minor and the modulation to E flat occurs at bar 5. When you put the Roman numerals under the chords it makes sense, the first chord as a i (c minor tonic). I then went to Youtube to find a recording of it and someone has made a very colourful analysis but entirely in E flat and the first and final chords are listed as vi, submediant. Firstly, is this a mistake? Secondly, what is the reason for writing one key signature when the opening and concluding chords suggest a different one. Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this. All the best, Andrew

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  • Music Theory Basics for Guitar: Lesson 4 - Triads

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  • Music Theory 101 - Understanding Jazz Harmony Part 1

    24:20

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  • Voice-leading Basics lecture 1

    5:55

    First in a series of lectures preparatory to writing four-part chorale style. In this one, I define voice-leading and relative motion.

    I made this for Music Theory 1 at Goucher College, but I hope it's useful for others, too.

  • What Makes This Song Great? - THE BEATLES

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  • Music Theory 101 -- The Holy Grail of guitar mastery INTERVALS

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  • Combinatorial Music Theory

    15:41

    A lecture I gave at the University of Primorska, in Slovenia. It explores the reasons why familiar scales are special.

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    These will get you started exploring the patterns of the pentatonic/diatonic scale!

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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 35

    39:16

    TOPICS:
    0:00 - The power of the V-I progression & tonicization
    2:25 - Primary vs. secondary dominants
    3:53 - Altered chords
    4:20 - Spelling secondary dominant chords
    7:23 - All possible secondary dominants in a major and minor key
    17:59 - Analyzing secondary dominant chords
    21:03 - Harmonic progression and secondary dominants
    25:24 - Chaining secondary dominants
    27:26 - Deceptive resolutions using secondary dominants
    30:08 - Voice-leading secondary dominants
    33:17 - Realizing figured bass that includes secondary dominants

  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 16

    45:50

    TOPICS
    0:00 - Part Writing Checklist (penalty cards)
    0:53 - White card (range, melodic leap M6 limit)
    1:53 - Blue card (root position doubling, consecutive 5ths & 8ves)
    3:13 - Green card (overlapping, voice crossing, augmented melodic leap, 2nd inversion doubling)
    8:04 - Yellow card (viio in 1st inversion only, 2nd inversion triad function, 2nd inversion triad voice leading)
    9:36 - Orange card (never double leading tone, resolve leading tone in outer voice, spacing, resolve 7th of chord down by step)
    12:52 - Red card (misspelled chord, parallel 5ths or 8ves or unision)
    16:09 - Triads in first inversion (why?)
    21:40 - Diminished triad in first inversion
    25:35 - Parallel sixth chords
    27:39 - Part writing rules (don't double the leading tone)
    31:25 - Part writing example (fill in alto and tenor voice)
    38:07 - Roman numeral hamonization

    *Irony alert: I misspelled the word misspelled.

  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 21

    22:52

    TOPICS
    0:00 - STEP 1: determine key signature
    1:12 - STEP 2: first, last & penultimate chord
    2:11 - STEP 3: chord options for harmonizing remaining notes in melody
    5:37 - STEP 4: eliminate chord options based on chart of good harmonic progressions
    10:20 - STEP 5: choosing exact chords and writing Roman numerals
    13:44 - CORRECTION: ii chord put in first inversion should be written ii6
    15:13 - STEP 6: check outer voices for errors
    16:20 - STEP 7: fixing errors by changing inversion (d8 & P5 found in example)
    18:18 - STEP 8: part write
    20:05 - ***MISTAKE: Thanks to a subscriber who caught a mistake I made! Parallel 5ths!!
    20:17 - STEP 9: play on piano to check for errors

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    How do you memorize all the possible chords? I have to write out the triads for each chord for the scale to figure this out...is there a trick to memorization?
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  • Interview: Jacob Collier

    12:42

    Topics:
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    2. Negative Harmony (1:30)
    3. 5th and 4th Theory (3:27)
    4. You and I (6:15)
    5. Harmonizer (8:43)
    6. Microtonal Voice Leading (10:12)

    Interviewed on February 14, 2017 in Chicago, USA
    Audio examples, transcriptions and annotations done by June Lee
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  • Dr. B Music Theory Lesson 9

    14:26

    TOPICS
    0:00 - Realizing figured bass from single note bass line
    4:35 - I didn't indicate inversion right away; it should be D/F#
    5:00 - review figured bass numbers for root position and inversions
    6:12 - I don't indicate inversion; it should be A7/C#
    11:30 - Analysis: identifying the root, sonority/type, and BPS (bass position symbol/figured bass)

  • Introductory episode: Basic theory of Indian Classical Music

    4:30

    These episodes aim at introducing the viewer to the aesthetics of Indian Classical Music so as to make the genre more approachable to the common public.

    The introductory episode gives the viewer an insight to the purpose of the series and aims at interacting with the viewers.

  • Music Theory - The 3 things you want to Know

    11:03

    A thing that is never mentioned when it comes to Music Theory is that there is a basic knowledge you want to obtain and then the rest gets easier. There are things that you need to know and work on that will make the rest very simple when combining Music Theory, Jazz Guitar and Practice.
    In this video I am going to talk about three things you can learn or train for your music theory that will help you build a foundation to have an easier time understanding chord progressions, extensions and voice-leading. I am also going to relate this to what you need if you are improvising over chords, since that is what I am using the theory for.

    Instead of looking at voice-leading upper-structure triad pairs in Utopian b7 minor then you can easily build the basic knowledge to make all the other stuff easy to understand.

    Table of Content:

    0:05 Intro
    0:45 #1 - Learn Your Scales
    1:09 Why we use scales in improvisation
    2:11 Learning the Scales - What to learn
    2:58 How To Practice
    3:31 #2 - Diatonic Chords and Harmony
    4:04 Building Chords in a Major Scale
    4:52 Diatonic chords makes it easier to Learn Songs
    5:33 What You Want to Learn
    6:10 Practice Tips
    6:22 How To Play Changes (in 30 seconds)
    7:10 #3 Relating Notes To The Root
    7:42 Adding Extensions to an Ebmaj7
    8:36 Why You Want to know the Extensions in the Scale
    9:06 Extensions for another Chord - How it Sounds
    9:56 Putting the 3 Things together in one overview
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  • The Minimum Music Theory You Should Know

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    Answering a few questions about what the BARE MINIMUM music theory is that you should know, playing with loops or drum machines live, and giving away some gear!

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  • Ask Dr. B About Music Theory, Episode 11

    24:04

    TOPICS
    0:00 - QUESTION: Opiekun DPS asked, Erik Satie's 'Gnossienne 1' is a very interesting and disturbing composition, a lot of anxiety. It would be nice to analyze several works of these kinds of composers, especially their dissonant works.
    1:36 - Instructions to listen to recording & see entire score. Copy the following into a new window:

    Type Satie and Gnossienne and download the Paris: Rouart, Lerolle & Cie., 1913 score from here:

    PART ONE OF COMPOSITION
    3:14 - A section analysis = i - v, F Dorian #4, 9 measures
    11:10 - B section analysis = iv - i, F Aeolian, 4 measures
    14:14 - C section analysis = i, F ascending melodic minor #4 to F Hungarian minor, 6 measures
    18:36 - B section analysis = iv - i, F Aeolian, 4 measures
    PART TWO OF COMPOSITION
    19:00 - A' section analysis = i, F Dorian #4, 4 measures
    19:59 - B section analysis = iv - i, F Aeolian, 4 measures
    20:15 - C section analysis = i, F ascending melodic minor #4 to F Hungarian minor, 6 measures
    20:40 - B section analysis = iv - i, F Aeolian, 4 measures + 3 measures
    21:37 - How the modes were modified & conclusion



  • Introduction to Music Theory

    57:28

    While I was a research assistant in Singapore in the Sound and Media Computing lab of National University of Singapore's School of Computing, my supervisor, professor Ye Wang, gave me the great opportunity of holding one lecture in CS4347: Sound and Music Computing course. The lecture aimed to provide a basic understanding of music theory, and it targeted computer science students. In order to do that I created the concept of explaining music theory using feelings and I presented it receiving an amazing feedback.

    I would really like to hear your comments on this. I think that explaining things by simplifying them and by using simple analogies has a great potential to raise interest and inspire passion to students. What do you think?

    Special thanks to professor Ye Wang and to Zhiyan Duan who handled the recording of the lecture.

  • Music Theory Lesson 4

    10:01

    Music Theory Lesson 4. Better videos coming in a few months. June 09

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