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Secrets to Music Theory Series with Alex Guillen - Chord Theory (day 5)

  • Mar 29, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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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- Cooking With Chords (Day 5)

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.

In this last session we will be covering chord theory and progressions.

1) There are four types of triads that are formed by placing major and minor thirds- maj triad, min triad, dim traid, & aug triad.

2) Drilling the spelling of triads will help to in crease speed in notating and analyzing chords. We will speak and write these triads in a manner that will help to facilitate a natural, fast and easy recognition of any chord.

3) We will learn how to harmonize the major and minor scales in order to gain knowledge of functional harmony and chord theory. To this end we will discuss chord progressions, voice leading and inversions commonlyused in Jazz.

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 LIMITED SO PLEASE RSVP RIGHT AWAY

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  • Alex G.

    If anyone plans on arriving late please make sure to call me because my front door will be closed at 6:05pm. I would leave it open but my condo association has very strict rules and will cite me if I keep my front door or gate open unattended. Although I appreciate that some of you are coming from work or other places, it's not fair to the people who arrive on time to have to wait while I'm outside. Therefore, I will be closing the door at 6:05pm and if you arrive after then don't know because we won't be able to hear you from all the way inside. Just call me to let me know you're outside and I'll go out and open the door... my cell:[masked]-3246. Thank you kindly.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alex - I'll be driving my pickup this time, so no need to leave the gate open for the MC.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Missed the first session -- I'd like to come to the next one though!

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Hope you can make it Mike!

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Favorite Obscure Composer: LeRoy Shield. He created a lot of the background and themes for Hal Roach films and serials of the 20's and 30's, including Little Rascals and Laurel & Hardy. One of my many reasons to take Alex's class was to understand the amazing artistry and craftsmanship in Shield's music.

    1 · March 29, 2013

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