Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony.
- I've designed this course to build from the first Music Theory for Songwriters course. I will assume that you've either watched that course or are coming to this course with prior knowledge of notes, intervals, major scales, and basic song forms. The purpose of this course is to teach intermediate level music theory concepts around minor and modal harmony, seventh chords, and more advanced harmonic topics. Although there will be many examples utilizing musical notation, I won't be teaching you to read and write music. That said, I will be using terminology consistent with chord charts and pop and jazz music.
This will help you comprehend the concepts and enable you to better communicate with other musicians. I'll also play musical examples throughout on the piano, and I'll be using various graphics and animations to underscore and support key learning points. And I'll be referencing quite a few popular songs as examples of the music theory concepts we'll be covering. I encourage you to listen to recordings of these songs as you follow along with the course. I'll provide a free exercise file of the playlist for all the songs referenced in the course.
In this installment, musician Julian Velard digs into more intermediate-level music theory topics. Starting with minor scales, he shows examples of classic songs in minor keys, and then explores the modes of the diatonic scale (e.g., the mixolydian mode). Next, Julian dives into chords with 4 or more notes, covering 7th chords, chord extensions (e.g., 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths), suspended chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, and inversions. Finally, he covers key centers, modulations, pedal points, alternate bass notes, and polychords. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the techniques shown within the context of his own original songs.
- Working in minor scales
- Using Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian modes to write songs
- Extending chords
- Using 7th chords in a song
- Transposing a song
- Building different harmonies from a single melody