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?
Songwriting. A key to growing as a songwriter or composer is
understanding the musical ideas in great songs. Music theory helps you do
Playing written music. Reading note-for-note written music or chord
symbols both require music theory basics.
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.
Curiosity. Finally, if you're just curious—if you know some
fact about music and think "OK, but why is it that way?"—music
theory is all about answering those questions.
Here are some things that distinguish these lessons from
other music theory Web sites:
We start at the beginning. If you don't know a thing about music, you
can start here. If you're a musician but you're shaky on some basics, you
can review them here. If you already know the basics, you can "jump in" to
any lesson that looks interesting.
Pop music emphasis. Much of the basic theory of "popular" music
(including rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, etc.) is exactly the same as
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.
Interactive lessons. This isn't a dry reference; these are
lessons which explain things a step at a time, with online practice
games and exercises to help you master what you're learning.
So, get started with
Lesson 2: Pitch & Keyboard
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