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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THE WHEEL OF HARMONY and MUSIC THEORY EQUATIONS

Create Harmony – Learn or Review Chord Construction – Learn or Review Music Theory – no matter your Vocal Range, Instrument Played, Skill Level, Genre’ or Musical Style – “Dial A Note • Dial Harmony” consists of two circles – 8 inches across (UV Plastic Coated 14 pt. card stock in full color) with a grommet in the middle so that the circles spin around … the top circle has an “Index Window” that will show you, in all 12 keys: How to create harmony (3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, etc…) – and which “degrees of scale” you use to create them • The Nashville Number System • How to create your own chords with extensions (9th’s, 11th’s, 13th’s …etc) • The Solfeggio names (the do, re, mi’s’) of all the notes • the Order of Flats and Sharps in each Key Signature • How to read the notes in both the bass and treble clefs • The Diatonic Scale Degrees (tonic, supertonic, mediant, etc …) • The Modes (Ionian, Dorian, Lydian, etc…) where to start – where to end and which notes to play in all 7 Mode Scales in all 12 keys • How many sharps or flats are in each key signature • The “Circle Of Fifths” • How to modulate and transpose from any key to any other key you choose • The Major and Minor Degrees of Scale • The Consonant Chords of the Major and Minor scale degrees (the “Natural Chord Qualities”) • Every note in Western Music at your fingertips • more … again – IN ALL TWELVE KEYS – No music reading is necessary to use “Dial A Note • Dial Harmony” – Learn it all at once – or – learn it a little at a time … whenever you’re ready it’s all here … Welcome to the ultimate resource to learn or review all aspects of Creating Harmony, Chord Construction, Music Theory – no matter your vocal range, instrument played, skill level or musical style. … what “Dr.Ducks Dial A Note – Dial Harmony” covers can impact the rest of your musical life … Enjoy … Home – Studio – Office – Library – Classroom – Garage

Product Features

  • Change Keys in a hurry all 12 keys – includes every note in Western Music
  • Starts with the Circle of 5th.’s and includes The Modes, The Nashville # System, The Do-Re-Mi’s, The Diatonic Scale Degrees, The Major and Minor Degrees of Scale + more in all 12 keys
  • No pages to turn – No Music Reading is Necessary – this Dial has been described as equal to the 1st. five chapters of a university music theory textbook
  • The ultimate resource to learn or review all aspects of Creating Harmony, Chord Construction, Music Theory – no matter your vocal range, instrument played, skill level or musical style.
  • Full Color – 16 Point Recycled Cardstock – UV Plastic Coated all four sides – Brass grommet in the middle – What “Dial A Note • Dial Harmony” covers can impact the rest of your musical life.

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