Good morning all..hope everything is going well for you. This Tutorial will be a 2 part series for beginners in music theory
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I am fairly new to proper composition using chord progressions. This is one of the most requested emails I get. I first started learning theory around this time last year. I thought “Okaaay.. I have some chord progressions now what”?…
It takes years to learn composition. Many producers go to college to understand theory. I work with several artist who request “Dirty South” beats. This style of production relies heavily on chords, and drums. So I had to pump up the volume;I had to come up with a system that works for me now.
This is my own little experiment that happens to work. I find that I can remember some progressions easily, and I create compositions that have more movement. There are 6 basic steps. This may get you off and running, but I do suggest a course in theory, and much further study.
1.Start learning basic theory.
2.Have some knowledge of scales.
3.Find some basic chord progressions
4.Practice playing your new progressions
5.Make a melody using a ( meaning one) scale
6.Incorporate your chord progressions to your melody
5.Play some chord progressions
6.Incorporate your melody to your chord progressions
Sounds easy huh? :-)….don’t worry, it will get easier the more you learn, study, and practice..
Let’s start with steps for 1 , 2, 3,and 4..
1.I went to
MusicTheory.net to learn basic theory.
2.I went to
LookNoHands.com to learn some scales
3.I found some progressions using this Free Chart
Computermusic.com Chord Chart Download PdF
4. I began to practice
The 4 steps above are powerful. Keep the sites book marked, and download the chart. There is enough information there to hold you until the next part of the tutorial tomorrow, and beyond. I know we all want to jump in there and start playing like Mozart, but we all have to practice, practice, practice..
Before I go, I will break it down a little more..
learning some of the beginning lessons,
I learned 1 scale the “F Pentatonic Major”.
(3)ComputerMusic Chord Chart
(4)I practiced playing the F major chord progression from the chart.
Keep in mind that I used the sites and charts interactively. To learn which keys to play to make the
chords on the chart,
I went back to
There you have it. Some basic steps I took to begin learning theory and progressions…I am learning so much each day. I have a few books about progressions, and I keep a notebook nearby to write down the progressions I’ve learned. Be patient with yourself..and have fun with your music.
For those who are really serious, I hope you are taking advantage of this gem.
Tomorrow we’ll follow up and move on to steps 5 and 6… until then
Happy Theory Learning To All
Pz Til Later….