Pop Music Theory


1: Introduction
About these Pop Music Theory lessons.
2: Practicing Songwriting
A plan for growing your skills.
3: Pitch Names
How we name the white-key pitches.
4: Letters Game
Practice the white-key pitch names.
5: Sharps & Flats
How we name the black-key pitches.
6: Half-Steps
Intro to pitch distance; needed for scales.
7: Whole-Steps
Another basic pitch distance, also needed for scales.
8: Steps Game
Practice your Half-Steps & Whole-Steps.
9: Scales
Scales are the foundation for understanding the pitches a song uses.
10: Major Scale 1-2-3
Intro to the most fundamental scale, the major scale.
11: Major 1-2-3 Games
Practice the Major Scale 1-2-3 lesson.
12: Major Scale 1-5
Add degrees 4 & 5 to your major scales.
13: Major 1-5 Games
Practice the Major Scale 1-5 lesson.
14: Chords: Major Triads
Intro to chords, a basic building block of songs.
15: Major Triad Games
Practice the Major Triads.
16: Minor Triads
Another important chord type, needed for diatonic chords.
17: Minor Triad Games
Practice the Minor Triads.
18: Major Scale 1-8
Finish your major scales; needed for diatonic chords.
19: Major Scale Games
Practice the Major Scales.
20: Keys
A song's "home pitch" is essential to understanding its chords.
21: Roman Numeral Chords
How a song's chords relate to its key.
22: Scales Above 8
Extend the scales past degree 8; needed for diatonic chords.
23: Diatonic Triads
A set of chords used in many songs.
24: Using Diatonics
Ways to practice and use the Diatonic Triads.
25: Tonic Function
Intro to the effects of the different diatonic triads.
26: Subdominant & Dominant
The effects of the non-tonic diatonic chords.
27: Diatonic Function Analysis
Study the diatonic chord functions in actual songs.
28: Natural Minor Scale
Another important scale; the basis for minor keys.
29: Natural Minor Games
Practice the Natural Minor Scales.
30: Minor Key Triads
The common chords used in minor keys.
31: 7th Chords
The Major 7th, Dominant 7th, and Minor 7th chord types.
32: 7ths Games
Practice the 7th Chords lesson.
33: Melody: Chord Tones
Intro to melodies.
34: Treble Staff
The musical staff is the foundation for written melodies.
35: Treble Staff Game
Practice the Treble Staff.
36: Time: Beats & Measures
How we keep track of time in music.
37: Note Lengths
How written music shows how long each note lasts.
38: Tied & Dotted Notes
How we write odd-length notes.
39: Rhythm: Rests
How we write the silences between notes.
40: Non-Root-Bass Chords
The "slash chord" chord symbol.
41: Major Pentatonic Scale
The Major Pentatonic scale, used in many pop songs.
42: Embellishing Tones
Melody notes that aren't chord tones.
43: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
Introduction to rhythm in melodies.
44: Pitch & Frequency
Intro to the science of pitch.
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