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 concepts 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?
Here are some reasons:
Why this site?
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.
Songwriting. One of the keys to growing as a songwriter or composer
is to study lots of music. Music theory helps you do this.
Reading music. You need to know music theory basics even if you're
just playing written music.
Here are a couple of things that distinguish these
lessons from other music theory Web sites:
Pop music emphasis. Much of the theory of "popular" music (including
rock, blues, soul, country, jazz, etc.) is exactly the same as basic
classical music theory. However, pop music uses many patterns which
classical music doesn't; and even when the patterns are the same, pop music
sometimes uses different language for them (for example, the names of
chords). These lessons use the language of pop music.
Hands-on lessons. This isn't a dry reference; these are
lessons which explain things a step at a time, with practice games
and exercises to help you master what you're learning.
So, get started with Lesson 2: Pitch &
Lesson 2: Pitch &
Lesson 3: Pitch
Sharps & Flats
Lesson 8: Steps