1. Beginner Music Theory Introduction

Every journey has to start somewhere. So might as well start with the basics

1. Topics of discussion

Since this is the first tutorial in the series I figured we’d make it a meta-ish one, by discussing what we will be discussing in this series of tutorials. So, let’s have some fun.

2. What this series is about

Since this category/series is labeled “Beginner”, it will focus on the basic aspects of music theory. We will start by learning about note and music notations. We will then learn about time signatures, tempo, how sound can be represented, chords, scales and many more.

The idea behind these tutorials is that you don’t need to have any prior knowledge in order to be able to understand what I am talking about here. We’ll learn everything step by step, topic by topic and the final goal will be to make sure that each and every one person who goes through these tutorials has a good grasp of the foundation of music.

If you already have prior music knowledge then some of these tutorials might bore you, so be advised. That being said, a refresher course is always good, at least from my point of view.

What this series is not is a composition series. We will talk about how music is composed of course, but it’s not really going to be the main focurs. The idea is to make sure we have a foundation on which to add music composition techniques, which we will do, in another series. Of course, we will use examples for each of the concepts we are going to be discussing, so don’t think this is just going to be all talk.

What you will be needing, besides the overused “desire to learn” shtick, is an instrument. And since a little background is good, I’ve played piano for about 10 years until I was 15 then also started learning to play the guitar, which I’ve been doing ever since (going on almost 15 years of guitar playing which…makes me contemplate how fast time flies 🙂 ). My examples will be somewhat biased towards these 2 instruments, but all the theoretical aspects are the same, regardless of what instrument you are playing.

That about covers it for this introduction. Next up is a tutorial where we will talk about notes and how you can learn to call them by their name. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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