Pop Music Theory


1: Introduction
Why study music theory, and why this site.
2: Teaching Yourself
Advice on what & how to practice.
3: Pitch & Keyboard
Intro to pitches; needed for most everything else.
4: Pitch Names
How we name the white-key pitches.
5: Letters Game
Practice your Pitch Names.
6: Sharps & Flats
How we name the black-key pitches.
7: Half-Steps
Intro to pitch distance; needed for scales.
8: Whole-Steps
Another basic pitch distance, also needed for scales.
9: Steps Game
Practice your Half-Steps & Whole-Steps.
10: Scales
Scales are the foundation for understanding the pitches a song uses.
11: Major Scale 1-2-3
Intro to the most fundamental scale, the major scale.
12: Major 1-2-3 Games
Practice the Major Scale 1-2-3 lesson.
13: Major Scale 1-5
Add degrees 4 & 5 to your major scales.
14: Major 1-5 Games
Practice the Major Scale 1-5 lesson.
15: Chords: Major Triads
Intro to chords, a basic building block of songs.
16: Major Triad Games
Practice the Major Triads.
17: Minor Triads
Another important chord type, needed for diatonic chords.
18: Minor Triad Games
Practice the Minor Triads.
19: Major Scale 1-8
Finish your major scales; needed for diatonic chords.
20: Major Scale Games
Practice the Major Scales.
21: Scales Above 8
Extend the scales past degree 8; needed for diatonic chords.
22: What Next
Options after learning the major scales above.
23: Keys
A song's "home pitch" is essential to understanding its chords.
24: Roman Numeral Chords
How a song's chords relate to its key.
25: Diatonic Triads
A set of chords used in many songs.
26: Using Diatonics
Ways to practice and use the Diatonic Triads.
27: Treble Staff
The musical staff is the foundation for written melodies.
28: Treble Staff Game
Practice the Treble Staff.
29: Pitch & Frequency
Intro to the science of pitch.

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