How To Learn Music Theory?
Music theory can be intimidating at first, but once you learn the basics, it's easier than you think. The more you play around with chords and scales, the more natural it will feel. Even with a little application, music theory will help you understand why songs sound the way they do. In this article we'll cover everything from major and minor chords to intervals and keys.
Knowing music theory will open up new ways to play and compose, even if you haven't learned anything about it yet.
Music theory will help you understand the musical world around you. If you have been playing an instrument for a while, and have never really thought about how it works, or if you have trouble reading sheet music—then knowing some basics about music theory will open up new ways to play and compose.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by all there is to learn; here are some basic definitions and concepts (what does C major look like on paper, what makes a chord?). By the end this guide we will give you a solid foundation to understand how music works across the different instruments and styles.
Understanding how chord progressions work can be essential to playing songs with other musicians.
Knowing how to improvise and understand the underlying structure of a piece of music is crucial for being able to play along with others, even if you're just starting out.
Learning the foundation of chord progression theory will help you understand what makes certain songs sound good together, and why they feel like they fit.
For example, if you want your song to be mellow, it's important that chords and their relationships don't sound too bright or lively. Chords and chord progressions combined with instrumental technique can empower a musician to improvise, and explore collaboration, and song-making. Besides, music and ‘jamming’ is a great opportunity to explore the present moment.
Once you learn basic scales and intervals, music theory suddenly becomes much less intimidating.
Music theory is the science of how music is built and arranged, and it’s essential to understanding how songs work. Without it, you won’t be able to figure out why your favorite song sounds so good.
Music theory can feel intimidating at first because it involves lots of complex concepts that are hard to understand without some practice.
Scales and intervals are the building blocks of music: they give us a way to break down chords into smaller pieces so we can understand what they sound like. The more scales and intervals you know, the more ways there will be for you to apply them when learning new songs or playing by ear.
Chord progressions are all around you - active listening makes learning much easier.
The next step is to listen. Listen to music you like, and then listen to music you don't like. You will hear chord progressions in songs more easily because it will become a habit - hearing them becomes second nature. Try to emulate what you hear on your instrument. Listen to relationships between chords; identify what they sound and feel like.
You can also get imaginative; try closing your eyes and imagining that each chord change represents a conversation between instruments. Create narratives, imagine stories. Music has room for that.
Music theory is solid ground for anyone looking to pursue a career in music.
As a music theory student, you'll learn about the fundamental building blocks of music. A solid grounding in music theory will help you understand why music sounds the way it does, and it will open up new ways to play and compose - even if you haven’t learned anything about it yet.
So, to recap: music theory is an important part of any musician's education. Even if you don't plan on pursuing a career in music, understanding the basics will help you understand why songs sound the way they do.
This will help you engage with music in a more profound way. And once you start learning about chords and scales and intervals, it becomes much easier to pick up new musical skills; it’s basically learning language grammar! So what are you waiting for? Get started signing up for a music theory class with us today!