Music Theory tutoring.
If you want to learn the theory of music from the basics, or need guidance over specific subjects, this is the right place for you! Since the benefits of music theory can be a controversial subject, I will try to answer one of the most frequent questions: how can music theory benefit me as a performing musician? This question requires two different answers.
Let’s start with the bad news: from a mere technical viewpoint, music theory will not help you to become a better player. Practice on your given instrument is key to become a better player, simply as that. On the other side, being able to play an instrument doesn’t give you any knowledge about the relation between sounds, how to build a chord, scales and arpeggios, and more. Also, without strong foundations in music theory, it will be impossible to fully understand the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic aspects of a musical composition, regardless of the genre.
In other words, music theory is inextricably connected to the music played, since it helps you to connect the dots between the two, becoming a better “conscious” player. Only if you know the rules you can choose to abide or break those, and follow your own path. Music theory can sound boring and intimidating, but it’s the key to be “free” either as a performing musician or composer!
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My teaching plan includes the following subjects:
1. Theory basics
a) Treble and bass clef notation, notes values; b) Sound, timbre and pitch; c) Time signatures; d) Key signatures; e) Notes and rests values; f) Intervals and semitones; g) Ornaments.
2. Chart reading 101
a) A comprehensive guide on how to read a chart.
a) Diatonic and chromatic scales; b) Major scale and its modes; c) Key signatures and major scale tetrachords; d) Melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales; e) Melodic and harmonic minor scale modes; f) Pentatonic and blues scales.
4. Chords and arpeggios
a) Definition; b) Major and minor scales chords and arpeggios; c) Arpeggios and chords voicings.
5. Playing major
a) Mayor scale overview; b) The major scale modes; c) Major triads and voicings; d) Triads over the major scale modes; e) Quadriads and voicings.
6. Playing minor
a) Melodic, harmonic and natural minor scales; b) Melodic minor scales modes; c) Minor triads and voicings; d) Minor quadriads and voicings.
7. Functional harmony: cadences
a) General aspects of cadences; b) Cadence formulas, a.k.a. chord progressions.
a) General aspects of modulation; b) Modulation to the dominant and sub-dominant; c) Close keys modulation; d) Distant keys modulation.
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