Mastering Music Theory
Designing a Unique Course about Music Theory with Liquid Notes, Together with You
We have made it to our habit to include you directly into our product development efforts for and around Liquid Notes so we can serve you better. While the campaign on designing a new user interface for Liquid Notes was about adding more educational value and new features to our software for a better familiarity with DAWs, today it is all about understanding music theory.
For that, we have teamed up with Gary Ewer, an experienced music theory teacher and a specialist in designing music theory courses. With his help, we have been able to put this outline for a course together that helps you understand music and Liquid Notes better (click on title to open):
Basics: From the first note to the cadence.
- Topics covered:
- - Staffs and clefs
- - Notes
- - Score formats
- - The keyboard
- - Intervals
- - Key and time signatures
- - Major and minor scales
- - Modes
- - Triads
- - Cadences
- 20 lessons consisting of theory texts, videos, workbook examples, and quizzes.
- Estimated effort: 150 hours
Advanced topics: Get acquainted with more sophisticated chord structure. Learn about well-sounding chord progressions.
- Topics covered:
- - Essential chord progressions
- - Adding 7ths
- - Harmonizing a melody
- - Chord progression formula
- - General introduction on song writing: good form and song design
- Textbooks with detailed descriptions and examples.
- Estimated effort: 100 hours
Examples: Templates with music theory samples for use in Liquid Notes.
- Ready-to-use Liquid Notes project files will accompany some of the examples of the theory lessons. You can load them into Liquid Notes and immediately start to explore the world of harmony.
This concept is now ready for discussion.
We empower you again to change the direction of this proposal of a course in music theory with Liquid Notes:
Tell us what you like and don't like about this course, about anything that is missing, and how you would improve it. You can also create your own outline and share it with us, of course.
Most importantly, be aware that learning music theory takes time. So let us know if you'd be willing to spend enough time to complete the course.
Use the comments section on this page or email us to share your feedback and ideas.
Our Thoughts on Learning Music
Theory with Liquid Notes Explained
We suggest to use most of the structure and lessons from Gary Ewer's book labelled "Easy Music Theory" to give you a solid understanding of the basics of music theory. His experience from over 25 years of teaching music theory is priceless. It results in each lesson to be short and concise to the point, easily digestible, without struggle caused by confusing concepts.
Each lesson shall be supported by short videos of up to ten minutes length, explaining the content in a more interactive format. If you haven't been able to completely understand the study material, that should do the job.
Beyond that, owe want to provide you with MIDI templates supporting the examples of the theory lessons. This will allow you to put into practice the acquired theoretical knowledge and then have a go at that particular subject.
Completing the part "Basics" alone will give you a thorough understanding of music theory. But Liquid Notes reaches beyond basics in that it is about chord progressions and harmonic movement. And that is covered by the "Advanced Topics": even more detailed descriptions, videos, and examples will help you understand the complex nature of music theory, and the workings of Liquid Notes.
The estimates we included on completing such a course are only indicative, depending on how much you are willing to invest into it and how quickly you actually progress. Be advised that music theory is a complex matter, and understanding it takes time and practice. With Liquid Notes, you get a tool that puts you in the unique position of learning it in a new, more hands-on way, and thereby getting to enjoy the tremendous beauty of harmony.