Essential Music Theory

Have you ever asked yourself these questions…

  • What notes make up chords?
  • What chords fit into different keys?
  • How can I transpose a chord sequence into a different key?
  • How can I add more colour to my chords?
  • How can I vary chords to make progressions more interesting?
  • What’s the difference between a major7, a minor7 and a dominant7 and where should they be used?
  • What are inverted / sus2 / maj6 / m7b5 chords and when should they be used?
  • What notes can I use to harmonise a vocal line?

All this and much, much more is explained in this simple, user friendly guide for people who can play / produce / write music but need a greater understanding of what’s really going on

Better still, you don’t need to be able to read music to use this guide, everything is explained using the piano roll or MIDI edit window diagrams like this

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If you have already been playing / producing music for some time you will be amazed how this guide will tie everything you know together and make sense of it all. Plus the good news is, it’s all fairly simple, you’ll find no jargon or complex classical theory in here, just the things you need to know to make better music.

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I, like many, practiced guitar before knowing any of the theory behind it. After 5 years, I finally took the time to understand the theory of music and it blew my mind! Suddenly everything made sense and I found that I could:

  • Play any chord
  • Write much better chord sequences
  • Play loads of songs from memory
  • Learn to play the piano without the aid of books or music, just by understanding it and playing it
  • Work things out by ear much quicker because I would instantly know which notes a melody / chord sequence was using
  • Write harmonies and string arrangements
  • Write better songs

My playing got loads better, my programming got loads better and my ability to create improved dramatically

Knowing all this changed my life, it turned me from an average guitarist into a skilled musician and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been a professional musician for the last 10 years and this would never have happened if I hadn’t studied the theory of music. If you’re a musician, song writer or a producer, this simple, easy-learning and informative book on popular music theory will benefit you massively.