Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers: The producers guide to harmony, chord progressions, and song structure in the MIDI grid.

The producer’s guide to harmony, chord progressions, and song structure in the MIDI grid.

As an online class, Dr. Allen has had over 50,000 students use this ground-breaking curriculum to learn music theory. Students and Producers who have wanted to learn music theory to improve their own music, but have been intimidated by traditional approaches, music notation, and abstract concepts will find this book to be the answer they have been looking for.

From the Author:
“How music theory is usually taught is unfair. It starts with the assumption that you can read music and understand the language of classical music. My book leaves all of that behind – focusing only on the MIDI grid that producers are already familiar with to learn all the key concepts of music theory, and ultimately, make better music.”

This book covers all the fundamentals of music theory, but is written using the language of the DJ and Producer – the MIDI Grid. It includes “analysis” projects that look at the harmonic and melodic ideas in songs by popular producers including Zedd, Boards of Canada, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, Moby, Skrillex, and Aphex Twin.

Praise for Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers:

“Aspiring electronic musicians have choices to make when it concerns their own education and training. This text makes one choice much easier: start here and get learning, quickly. Grounded and easygoing, the book uses real-world examples to help you make sense of music’s inner worksings while steering clear of dense theories.”
– Michael J. Ethen, PhD
Musicologist


“This book knocks the oftentimes alienating world of music theory completely onto it’s side. Difficult to explain concepts are perfectly demonstrated for the aspiring electronic music producer who might have no formal music training. A must have for all aspiring producers.”
– James Patrick (DJ, Producer, Educator)
Slam Academy, Dubspot, IPR, Ableton Certified Trainer


“With Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers, Dr. Allen has produced a remarkable resource: an extensive tour of musical theory that leverages some of our favorite modern tools – the virtual studio and it’s piano roll note display. By introducing us to the “why” as well as the “what” of music theory, this book helps us to understand what makes music tick and how to improve our own work. In addition to offering a sound theoretical foundation, the deep dives into analyzing tracks by Skrillex, Aphex Twin, and Deadmau5 keeps our attention focused on real-world production. MTEMP will definitely go on the top of my recommendation list for anyone that needs a fresh view of musical concepts.”
– Darwin Grosse
Director of Education, Cycling ’74

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MUSIC PAPER NoteBook – Guitar Chord, Standard Staff & Tablature

◆New book about the fretboard and intervals: Fretboard PhD. Excerpts and reviews at: pelemeleworks.com◆

MUSIC PAPER is a range of affordable manuscript paper for musicians, students, and teachers. Designs favour legibility, flexibility, and simplicity in various formats.

The NoteBook – Guitar Chord, Standard Staff & Tablature volume presents blank chord diagrams on the left-hand page and standard music staves with TAB on the right-hand page. Larger chord diagrams can be used vertically or horizontally and spacious staves allow for ledger lines, annotations (chord symbols, fingering/picking indications etc.), and uncluttered fret numbers. Finer printed lines let music notation stand out.

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Music Theory 1 & 2 Basic Chords and Extended Chords Color Chord Tones: 1, 3, b3, 5, 7, b7, 9, 10: Beginners To Advanced

Here is a manual for serious music students. Music Theory Book 1 lays out the foundation of basic chords. Music Theory Book 2 discusses extended chords. The basic chord tones ( 1, 3, 5) and color tones ( b3, b7, 7, 9, 10) are all explained with diagrams and charts. You will be able to see everything in one flash so that you have deep insights into music theory. This manual helps you to focus on the main issues so that you can capture all the important aspects of piano chords. Major, minor, dominant, secondary dominant chords are fully explained. Here are the topics of Book One: Basic Chords: BOOK ONE: Music Theory 1 – Basic Chords 1.1 Chapter 1 Major Scales 1.2 The 12 Major Scales 1.3 Sounds of the Major Scale of 12 Keys 2.1 Chapter 2 Basic Triad Chords 2.2 Major and Minor Triads 2.3 The 7 Diatonic Chords in the Key of C 2.4 How the 7 Diatonic Chords are formed in Key of C 2.5 A Summary Chart of the 7 Diatonic Chords in the Key of C 2.6 Think in Roman Numerals 2.7 Many songs can be harmonized with 3 Major Chords 2.8 Summary Chart of Diatonic Chords of all 12 Keys 2.9 The Sound of Major Triads 3.1 Chapter 3: Dominant Chord V7 3.2 There are many types of 7th chords 3.3 The V7 CHORD in Key of C 3.4 Dominant 7 – b7 3.5 Dominant V7 and Tonic I 3.6 V7 wants to resolve to I 3.7 V7 to I is a Perfect Cadence 3.8 V7 to I Resolution 4.1 Chapter 4: The Subdominant Chord – IV Chord 4.2 IV to I is the Plagal Cadence 4.3 The plagal cadence IV to I in all 12 keys 4.4. IV to I – Amen Resolution 5.1 Chapter 5: Basic Understanding of Circle of 5ths 5. 2 The Diagram of the Circle of 5ths 5.3 12 Key Signatures 5.4 Flats and Sharps 5.5 Use the Circle to identify I IV V7 of all 12 Keys 6.1 Chapter 6 3 Chord Songs – I IV V7 6.2 A List of 3 Chord Songs Here are the topics of BOOK TWO – Extended Chords 1.1 Chapter 1: Color Chords are Built on Basic Chords 1.2 What are Color Chords? 2.1 Chapter 2 Major 7th Chords – Color Tone 7 2.2 Application of Major 7 to music 2.3 The sounds of Major 7 Chords in all 12 Keys 3.1 Chapter 3 Dominant 7th Chords – Color Tone b7 3.2 Dominant 7 – b7 tone 3.3 The sound of Dominant 7 Chords 3.4 Summary Chart of 12 Dominant 7 Chords of all 12 Keys 3.5 Chord Resolution V7 to I in all 12 Keys 4.1 Chapter 4: Minor 7th Chords – Color Tones (b3, b7) 4.2 The Sound of Minor Chords 4.3 Minor Chord Substitution Rules 4.4 Minor chord substitution rule to Key of C 4.5 Chord Progression ii7 V7 I 4.6 Chord Progression ii7 V7 I in all 12 Keys 5.1 Chapter 5: Secondary Dominants II7 5.2 Secondary Dominants – V7 of V7 5.3 How to form the II7 Chords? 5.4 When do we use II7 instead of ii7? 5.5 II7 V7 I in all 12 Keys 6.1 Chapter 6: Upper Chord Extensions 6.2 Extended Chords: Color Tones 9, 11, 13 6.3 How are extension chords formed? 6.4 Extended Chords are built from scale tones 7.1 Chapter 7: Extended Chords: 9th Color Tone 7.2 Key of C: CM9 & FM9 7.3 Minor chord: ii9 Dm9 7.4 Dominant chord: V9 – G9 7.5 Secondary dominant chord: II9 D9 7.6 9th Chords are 5-Tone Chords 7.7 How do you play a 5-tone chords on the piano? 7.8 Substituting 9th Chords 7.9 Add 9 in Music 7.10 Ballad 9 style 8.1 Chapter 8: 10th Color Tone – Open Harmony 8.2 C CHORD – 10th Open Harmony 8.3 F CHORD – 10th Open Harmony 8.4 G CHORD – 10th Open Harmony 8.5 G7 CHORD – 10th Open Harmony 9.1 Chapter 9 – Conclusion – Reharmonization Enjoy the manual! 🙂

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MUSIC PAPER NoteBook – Guitar Chord Diagrams

MUSIC PAPER is a range of affordable manuscript paper for musicians, students, and teachers. Designs favour legibility, flexibility, and simplicity in various formats.

The NoteBook – Guitar Chord Diagrams volume presents blank chord diagrams that can be used vertically or horizontally. They are large enough to allow dot markings, fingerings, or chord tones to be written directly onto the diagram or on the sides, as well as other chordal indications (position, played/muted strings etc.). Lines are printed with finer and unobtrusive weight.

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The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook

(Guitar Chord Songbook). This great collection features all 194 songs written and sung by The Beatles, specially transcribed here for strumming guitarists, from the actual recordings, in the original keys. Each song includes chord symbols, guitar chord boxes and complete lyrics. Also features a helpful playing guide and a full discography.

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  • Features 194 Songs from the Beatles
  • Specially Transcribed for Strumming Guitarists
  • Includes Chord Symbols and Lyrics
  • Playing Guide and a Full Discography
  • 400 Pages

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Keyboard Chord Chart

Now you can have over 100 of the most useful chords right at your fingertips. This chart gives you all the basic chords in every key. Each chord is shown in standard music notation and as an easy-to-read piano keyboard diagram. Fingerings are given for each chord. Also included is a clear description of inverting chords.

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  • Over 100 chordsMusic notation and chord diagrams

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The Chord Wheel: The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians

(Instructional). Master chord theory … in minutes! The Chord Wheel is a revolutionary device that puts the most essential and practical applications of chord theory into your hands. This tool will help you: Improvise and Solo Talk about chops! Comprehend key structure like never before; Transpose Keys Instantly transpose any progression into each and every key; Compose Your Own Music Watch your songwriting blossom! No music reading is necessary. “This is the kind of device that players of any instrument can use to enhance their musical understanding. Chord and key relationships are inseparable, and learning these relationships is a must in becoming a successful musician.” Alan Remington, Orange Coast College Music Dept.

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