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: Scales Above 8
Extend the scales past degree 8; needed for diatonic chords.
21: What Next
Options after learning the major scales above.
22: Keys
A song's "home pitch" is essential to understanding its chords.
23: Roman Numeral Chords
How a song's chords relate to its key.
24: Diatonic Triads
A set of chords used in many songs.
25: Using Diatonics
Ways to practice and use the Diatonic Triads.
26: Tonic Function
Intro to the effects of the different diatonic triads.
27: Subdominant & Dominant
The effects of the non-tonic diatonic chords.
28: Diatonic Function Analysis
Study the diatonic chord functions in actual songs.
29: Melody: Chord Tones
Intro to melodies.
30: Treble Staff
The musical staff is the foundation for written melodies.
31: Treble Staff Game
Practice the Treble Staff.
32: Time: Beats & Measures
How we keep track of time in music.
33: Note Lengths
How written music shows how long each note lasts.
34: Tied & Dotted Notes
How we write odd-length notes.
35: Rhythm: Rests
How we write the silences between notes.
36: 7th Chords
The Major 7th, Dominant 7th, and Minor 7th chord types.
37: 7ths Games
Practice the 7th Chords lesson.
38: Pitch & Frequency
Intro to the science of pitch.
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