Secrets to Music Theory Series with Alex Guillen - Introduction (Day 1)

  • March 25, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Casa Don Alejandro

Update: I just wanted to let you know about a few important updates to the series.

1) After some consideration I think everyone will benefit even more from these theory sessions if they bring their instruments. So the first half of each session will be written & verbal drills and exercises. The second half will be applying these lessons on our instruments which really is the ultimate goal in music theory.

2) Although, these sessions are geared towards the basic fundamentals of music, it is important not do dismiss this series as being too basic. A thorough and complete study of music fundamentals is key in order to move on to more complex music theory concepts. If you find yourself not being able to grasp the more complex stuff then most likely your fundamentals still needs reviewing. In this series I'll be showing you the easiest and fastest method to practice your fundamentals in order to be primed and ready to take on further complex music theory subjects.

3) Each session will be 2 hours long in order to accommodate lecture time, questions, and application of each music theory concepts to our instruments. Please arrive early enough to get situated and ready to start as each session will be fast paced in order to cover each element of music thoroughly. Please bring a couple of pencils, erasures, manuscript paper and a writing pad or notebook to write on. Here is a link to print free manuscript paper if you need it:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_J_HwWGt5_ERjNIcTNaTW5nODQ/edit

 

Secrets to Music Theory Series with Alex Guillen- Introduction (Day 1)

The real secret to mastering music theory is to practice it daily. There are five elements of music that every musician should use repeatedly and memorize in order to recall it easily and intuitively on their instrument.

The 5 basic elements of music are:

  • Note Reading
  • Key Signatures
  • Scales
  • Intervals
  • Chords

The problem for most musicians is finding an simple way to practice these fundamentals while at the same time storing them into long term memory in the most efficient way. What is needed is a methodology. That will be the main focus of this workshop.

Through my years of studying music theory and teaching, I have noticed that the most dreaded and loathed aspect of music is simple music theory basics. So I put together the best tips and tricks into this workshop to make the learning process fun and easy.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this series you will understand how to divide the octave into scales as well as understand interval qualities and names and be able to classify them and recite them instantaneously in all keys.  You will learn about note reading and the different time signatures (simple, compound, duple, triple, etc). You will also know enharmonic spellings of notes and key signatures (i.e F#/Gb). You will learn the harmonies of the major and minor scales (building blocks of chord theory). You will learn drills and exercises for all elements of this course that will help you to grasp and retain the material. You will also know about ear training, sight singing and music dictation, chord progressions, and much more.

 

Course Fee: $8 (discountsavailable for multiple days)

Materials needed: Pencil, Eraser, Manuscript Paper, Writing Pad

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED PLEASE RSVP RIGHT AWAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Barbara B.

    That was a great lesson Alex - thanks! Ended up with a dozen or so very nice folks. I'll be back for more:)

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Jesse

    I am planning to bring a laptop and small keyboard, will that work?

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Hi Jesse, Yes that should be fine.

      March 24, 2013

  • Barbara B.

    I will be there:)
    Alex, could you email me your phone # just in case I get lost? Thanks!

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Barbara, my cell number is[masked]

      1 · March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    see you there!

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Great, I'm looking forward to meeting you!

      March 24, 2013

  • Douglas

    I'd like to attend all 5 sessions

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Great, Glad you can make it!

      March 24, 2013

  • Barbara B.

    Alex, I probably should take a private lesson or two from you to answer specific questions since I already know much of the material outlined. If it's Ok I'll email you to set up a time. Thanks, Barb

    March 23, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Hi Barbara, sure that would be great!

      March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Series? When are the other meetings?

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I guess I spoke too soon...I see the other dates are out there now...and I'll be on vacation. So I will change my RSVP (would have loved this).

      March 23, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Hi Bob, yes this is the first in a series of five sessions. Please refresh the home page and you should be able to see the rest of them. There will be a different focus each of the days following Day 1.

      March 23, 2013

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