Pop Music Theory
Lesson 1: Introduction
Welcome to Pop Music Theory
, DrawMusic's free online music theory
What's music theory?
Music theory is about the ideas and patterns that
we find over and over again in music. It's about the language musicians use to
talk about music. It's about "how music works".
Why study music theory?
Why this site?
It's fun to learn how music works.
Songwriting. A key to growing as a songwriter is understanding how
great songs work.
Playing written music. Reading music or chord symbols both require
music theory basics. You can save some money on lessons if you learn the
Learning by ear. If you want to learn songs by listening to them,
without written music, it's much easier to figure out the notes if you know
the common patterns.
Improvising. If you're making up (improvising) the notes you're
playing, which pop/rock musicians often do, music theory helps you know
what notes will sound good.
Here are some things that set DrawMusic's Pop Music
Step by step. If you don't know a thing about music, you can start
here. We start at the beginning, explain things one step at a time, and tell
you why each new concept is important.
Real pop music. Everything in these lessons is aimed toward helping
you understand real, "popular" music (including rock, blues, R&B,
country, jazz, etc.).
Activities. This isn't just a reference; we include online practice
games and activities to help you use what you're learning.
To get started, you can:
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