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How are your theory lessons going? I am improving, not quite as fast as I ‘d like but going forward is a wonderful thing. Check out this video which really put something into perspective.

How to Match Chords up with any Melody

The best part for me is when he sings the tune along with showing the chord. I thought “Ah HA!”, now I can hear something that I could not before. The exact key with the exact chord will be much easier to find now. If you are using just a melody and no lyrics, you can hum the melody and use this same technique to find the chords…pretty cool!

Check Out More Lesson previews from The official YouTube channel for “Piano Lessons Online”:
Piano Lessons Online

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Music Theory Lessons: Beginner

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 23 - 2012

Here comes the summer heat, it will be 90 degrees on the East Coast this weekend woohoo!..and,and,and… MsTrisMusic is 4 yrs young next week. Can you believe that? lol… Time flies…I will be doing live help Tuesday. If you have anything you’d like to discuss let me know….

I realized today how much this site has been helping me grow. Finding great production information to post about, is allowing me to learn a lot more about music than I imagined. College courses are adding to that knowledge and I have an open mind to many new techniques. I am working at a 4.0 pace, but I have to admit I have struggled with math for years. When I entered college the first round 🙂 waaaay back when lol… I kind of avoided math as much as possible. This time around, my counselor was not having that! I am conquering my fears and learning the concepts which will take me further. I am really relieved that learning the fundamentals again allows me to succeed in my math course.

I found out I had what’s called ” Math Anxiety”. The first week we all had to write a short essay about this anxiety stage. I noticed that the same feelings I had about math, I kind of had about some parts of music theory. I’ve been posting here about chords and making up my own ways of learning theory. Now I see that I need that solid foundation I told you all about. I have so many ideas in my head and I just can’t quite get them out the way I want. It’s weird, but the math course is helping me understand theory more. Maybe because music theory involves many math techniques. I IV ii, 7ths, and the circle of fifths comes quickly to mind.

Now that I have gotten over the math hurdle, I figured it is time to jump deeply into music theory. After searching for what seems like forever, I found the lessons I wanted. I was looking for someone who teaches music theory from the very start through more advanced lessons. So many good musicians on Youtube are sharing valuable knowledge. We are very lucky to have this technology to learn from. I found a complete series for those beginning music theory. I find them easy to follow and easy to retain the information. Here are the first two lessons to get you started. Do subscribe and I hope the lessons help you as much as they are helping me:

Music Theory Lesson 1

Music Theory Lesson 2

Once you get to the main channel, the rest of the videos in the series are listed on the right sidebar. (suggestion:I added them to my playlist so I can watch one after the other.)

Topdoginuk’s channel

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Chord Secrets: How To Add Chords To A Melody

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 16 - 2011

Great morning to you! I have had a very productive week so far. Kind of getting my schedule and routine down as I prepare to start my college courses. I have it just about worked out, and you will see waaaay more post :)…3 so far this week woo hoo!

I should do ten cartwheels right now! This next tip is what I have been searching for. I’ve gotten a lot of music theory down, but I still struggled with understanding how to fit chords to my melody. I’ve even posted about this before: Still hadn’t quite grasped the concept the way I’d like. This musical glitch had me stuck doing chords first almost 90% of the time. I must add, there is absolutely nothing wrong with working chords first. Since I am still learning chords, and only know a few, I was beginning to feel a bit limited.

I guess some days I have to be in the right mind state,today I found a site that seems written for producers like me:

Chip out a block of time for visiting this one. There are tons of tips to help you take your music to the next level..

Here is an excerpt from:Putting Chords to an Existing Melody, the article I am jumping for joy over 🙂

What you should get from this section:

After completing this section, you should be able to take an existing melody and put chords, and a bass line to it to create a strong structure.

There are several things you can do to help you put a chord progression to an existing melody that will make your life a lot easier. Here are a few of them:

The first thing you should try to do is work out what key it’s in. This will make it a lot easier, as if you know what key you’re playing in, you can pick chords from that key (see section on theory). How do you do this?

Well, first of all, play the melody. Are there lots of sharps or flats in there? If so, look at the key signatures in the theory section and see what ones match the notes you’re playing. Do they match any particular key? If there are F#’s in the melody, but C naturals, then it might be in G. If there are lots of Bb’s and Eb’s but natural A’s it may be in Bb major.

If that hasn’t helped, then see what note the melody starts and finishes on. Quite often a melody will start and/or end on the note of the dominant chord in the key. So if it’s in A for example, it will quite often start on that note and/or end on that note…………

Click here to read more—>Put Chords To A Melody

You’ll need a little knowledge of music theory to fully understand. Don’t know any?…No problem… the website has all the help you’ll need!

Happy Beat Making To All
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Chord and Scale Helper

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 13 - 2011

I am really trying hard to get into more advanced composing. I’ve been reading, studying, and watching videos. Today I know a lot more, but still need to look at scales, and notes in my progressions……….WALLA and OOOH is all I have to say about this website…and Ooh once again…

This is a little advanced. You’ll need to know a few names of notes,some chords, and basic theory to use it. There are no pictures to show you notes on piano or instruments. I am sure it will still help you as you are learning theory.

There are several tools for musicians which are so precise!
Scale Finder
Progression Analyser
Chord Identifier
Scale Navigator
Chord Database

Here’s a section of a screen shot:

……and Ooh once again…this is amazing!

Happy Chord Making To All!~
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How To:Add Piano Chords To Any Melody

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 25 - 2011

Hey you :)..I haven’t heard form you all in a lonnng lonng this time it’s not me, it’s you… remember your comments give me ideas for post. I’m not insisting that you leave them, but you really do help me with the site. It’s also good to know what you like and don’t like, that way I can continue to help you with specifics. MsTrisMusic is coming up on 3 years. The past one has actually been fairly smooth outside one host issue. I thank all who do keep in contact, comment, and make suggestions, it means a lot to me honestly ….

I have been diving deeply into music theory. I took some time this weekend to check a few of Tee’s videos over at I noticed that he started with melodies in all the videos I watched. I am getting better at that, but it still takes me longer to make a beat that way.

Today, I really need to figure this out so I went on the google hunt. All this time it seems I’ve been making the “melodies 1st technique” a little harder than it had to be. Check out this wikihow article if you have a tough time starting with melodies like me. It basically explains breaking down the melody into notes, finding the key, and building your chords from there… Nice!

How To Add Piano Chords To Any Melody

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Key Chords: Chord Progression Discovery App

Posted by Ms.Tris On April - 25 - 2011

Hey Hey ..feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer

I’m so happy to tell you, that I’m well on my way with my guitar lessons. I know four chords, but my lil left pinky is still stiff as a board. I’m doing the dexterity exercises a lot this week.

I think I have found the jackpot of chord progression help :-). It’s a site, as well as iphone app which gives you common chord progressions to use in your music.

It’s guitar based, but of course you can play the same progressions on piano or any instrument. I’ve been on the site daily since I found it. You can place your own chords for progressions and hear a demo of how it sounds. You can also do random progressions by “rolling the dice”. Here is a screen shot:

This is amazing! The official site There are several handy tools for musicians, so click around..

The direct link to the online Key Chords software:Key Chords

The app is only 1.99 from the itunes store. I’m going to download the app as soon as I finish this post..woo hoo!

Happy Chord Finding To All…
Pz Til later!~

New Guitar Player? Here are few helpful items to get you going 🙂

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Piano Chord Improv

Posted by Ms.Tris On April - 19 - 2011

What’s up? I’ve been out and about this morn running errands enjoying the warmer weather. When I returned, I didn’t know what I wanted to work on first today. I have been requested to do a few pop tracks. WoW I’ve been amazed at how fast I’ve been getting basic ideas down. The reason it’s been easy is definitely knowing a few chord progressions. Since I posted about chords and theory this week, we may as well check out more while its fresh.

Here is a video explaining how to use improvisation. If you have studied music theory you may have read or heard the term ” I IV V”, meaning the 1 4 5 chord progression. I know I have, and I still hadn’t gotten it down. After watching the video, I can find the “I IV V” chord progression in many scales…woo hoo!

Piano Improv Chord Progression Improvisation

The video is from PianoMother Youtube Channel. She is giving away valuable lessons in a way you will remember quickly. I also agree when she implies that we need to be able use the knowledge and techniques. I have been studying and know a lot more theory mentally. This means nothing if I can not sit down and play what I’ve learned on piano or guitar. The only way to do this is practice, practice, practice.

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