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Understanding Music Theory in One Hour – Animated Music Lesson





Understand the underlying concepts covering music theory today! After this one hour course, you will understand the musical alphabet, chords, intervals, inversions, melodies, scales, modulation, borrowing, modes, and more!



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41 comments on “Understanding Music Theory in One Hour – Animated Music Lesson

  1. Congratulations. I am a Qualified Music Teacher in the Uk and am very concerned about many so called Music teachers online who just set themselves up without the correct musical knowledge and/or qualification. You have impressed me with your approach and teaching.
    Congratulations. I would love to see youtube offering a kind of approval system so beginners can visit approved sites. You would certainly be given the teaching mark if I was on the panel. All I need now is for you to tell me you are not qualified(LOL)
    Either way, your knowledge is very good.

  2. For anyone confused I recommend learning basic physics of sound and how the human ear perceives it, Vsauce's video on the logarithmic scale is a good first step, after that concepts like octaves, cents and semitones make a whole lot more sense as they stop being abstract "because I said so" concepts and actually seem like elegant ways to organize sounds.

    This is not a good introduction for complete newbies, it assumes the viewer already knows many other concepts, I could only start following this after I found out what the octaves and notes even mean in terms of sound/pitch, and even after that I had to frequently google terms the narrator throws around without explaining like the tritone "resolving". It's not that the knowledge here isn't useful, it's that it discourages beginners more than it teaches them, and doesn't really work as a step by step "tutorial", you really have to learn these topics one by one slowly, with lots of support from wikipedia, or at least I did.

  3. I find it quite sad the amount of people who are saying this is hard. It is almost like you expect to see something and instantly be able to remember and implement it, you have to put in the additional work, so instead of just looking at the video and saying its hard why not write it down a few times, spend 5 minutes trying to remember. Im only saying this because one scroll down the comments just shows a bunch of disheartened people struggling but I can guarantee if you did more than expect this video to just instantly burn into your memory you would realise its not hard at all. Good luck to all you lazy young’ens who put minimal effort into stuff, you need it.

  4. Musical language, its notation and harmony are NOT straightforward at all. One could even say that the language of music is perverse because as the video says you can describe the same thing in so many different ways. As an example just think how the same note can be notated in many different ways depending on the choice of clef, accidental or instrument. (eg tab on guitar or lute). The theory of harmony is vast, and over the years jazz harmony has become even more complicated than classical harmony. (check out Rick Beato's channel and you'll be dumbfounded).
    So the question is how much theory does one really need to know to make music?
    As a professional musician, who has a library full of music theory books, I can say that you need to be practical about this. Play music, learn an instrument and as questions arise look them up. In this way you will not be confused by the immense subject of music theory because it will always be relevant to you.
    Some primers like this video are very useful but you always need to be able to relate it to real music you are playing or listening to. Otherwise you're left with the question "so what?".
    Can one disregard all theory and simply create soundscapes which one likes? Well yes… many do and some great musicians did just that. However, at some point you might find yourself limited and feel the need for fresh ideas. You might regret not having learnt the basics of music theory then, so, I'd advise budding musicians not to be afraid of music theory but USE it in a creative way and always keep it relevant and practical. Also listening to good quality music with attention will help train a good ear, which is the foundation of all music making.

  5. why are perfect 4th's and perfect 5th's called that….he fails to explain…annoying as hell
    so this guy is not a good teacher…you cannot leave anything unexplained in teaching.
    it's really bothers me because it's a vital part of the chain and without you are stuck.
    fucking teachers

  6. Not everyone needs to memorize all the details to play or write music. For some people it’s all about applying theory so they can create or play music. For others it’s about learning the language so they can communicate with the less naturally gifted.

  7. Alright, I've been absorbing this video for the past couple of weeks, and I think I'm reading to start tackling intermediate/advanced topics. Does anyone know a good resource that's a step up in complexity from this video?

  8. I already have extensive theory knowledge, but checked it out to see what you got going on here. Tbh I wish I watched this a lot sooner when I actually could have used it. This is setup in a very neat and easy to digest format. Thanks for throwing it together. Gonna recommend this to every beginner I come across.

  9. Can someone clarify to me. How the Half steps and, Whole steps work for the A Major scale and F Major scale? I review the scales test my self on the video. My answer came out wrong. I thought for, the A Major scale C was a Whole step, and for the F Major scale I thought B was a Whole step.

  10. I think is simple.I didnt know about music theory and i even not know the english language very well.The only think is that you have to memorise all this patterns and notes on the fretboard.Thanks man vwry usefull.

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