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New Article Series Coming Soon: Music Theory

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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That’s right. I will soon start working on a new series of articles on BASIC to intermediate music theory for beginners. I want to stress the word ‘basic’ for two reasons. First, higher levels of music theory require complex musical examples and just work better in person. Second, I don’t claim to be the world’s best music theorist, so I won’t try to explain the most complex aspects of composition or anything. All of these articles will be things that I teach on a regular basis. I’ll be starting out at the very beginning: the Musical Alphabet, the A-B-Cs of music.

Lots of people refuse to learn music theory because they think it will ruin their current style or sound, or that it’s too hard. Learning music theory just opens new doors for your music; it allows you to do new things as opposed to requiring it. One of the best reasons for learning music theory however, is to improve what you are already doing. When you understand basic music theory, you can understand the relationships between the notes you are already playing, and that gives you a stronger foundation.

We don’t just learn music theory for the fun of it (well, some of us do :-D ). We learn it to better understand the music we play, and to make us better players. If this sounds like something you want to do, then look for articles coming soon!