Pop Music Theory

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Lesson 1: Introduction

Pop Music Theory is a free online music theory course and songwriting course, covering:
  1. Basics: Scales, chords, written notes.
  2. Analysis: Studying why good music sounds good, to help you learn how to write music.

Why Pop Music Theory?
  • Real pop music: These lessons are about real, "popular" music (including rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, etc.).
  • We start at the beginning and explain things one step at a time.
  • Explanations and activities: These are lessons, not just "theory facts". We explain things, include music theory games, and give you tips to use the theory to create your own music.

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Lessons

1: Introduction
2: Practicing Songwriting
3: Pitch Names
4: Letters Game
5: Sharps & Flats
6: Half-Steps
7: Whole-Steps
8: Steps Game
9: Scales
10: Major Scale 1-2-3
11: Major 1-2-3 Games
12: Major Scale 1-5
13: Major 1-5 Games
14: Chords: Major Triads
15: Major Triad Games
16: Minor Triads
17: Minor Triad Games
18: Major Scale 1-8
19: Major Scale Games
20: Keys
21: Roman Numeral Chords
22: Scales Above 8
23: Diatonic Triads
24: Using Diatonics
25: Tonic Function
26: Subdominant & Dominant
27: Diatonic Function Analysis
28: Melody: Chord Tones
29: Treble Staff
30: Treble Staff Game
31: Time: Beats & Measures
32: Note Lengths
33: Tied & Dotted Notes
34: Rhythm: Rests
35: Melody Rhythm: Rolling Stone
36: Major Pentatonic Scale
37: 7th Chords
38: 7ths Games
39: Pitch & Frequency

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