47 Sites Every Recording Musician Should Visit In a recent “Open Mic” we asked you, “Which music-related sites do you visit regularly?” This article is a summary of the great suggestions given in the comments to that article. You can make the list even longer by commenting on this article. As you’re reading this article, Audiotuts+ needs no introduction. Several commenters mentioned Audiotuts+ - thanks for the support! This is a great Flash site with many resources to help you learn music theory. The site content is split up as follows: Lessons, including topics that cover notation, chords and scalesTrainers, that teach you notes, keys, intervals, triads, keyboard, guitar and brass. Michael comments: “I have found very helpful. This is a site that helps you with scales and chords. The charts are guitar-based, and there are options for various alternate tunings and other stringed instruments. A website that helps you learn musical scales and chords. Joe comments: “Great Ableton/sound design videos.”
Theoretically Correct: Chord Finder, Song Transposer, Chord Transposer, Free Online Music Theory and Music Lessons Become better at Sight Reading with Practice Sight Reading.com Jog Your Memory Collected by Sandy Sukhov Cressman Here are snippets of many well-known songs and tunes. The first notes of each snippet correspond to a particular musical interval. Practice these intervals by randomly choosing a starting note from a piano or pitch pipe. Then, thinking of the song clue for that interval, try and sing the prescribed interval up, or down. From Phil Richards of the Westchester County, NY Golden Chordsman Phil added a table that describes an interval's steps relative to tonic, root, or key note. Example: C Major Scale Note: The Minor intervals correspond to the piano black keys, but only in the key of C.
Outline of basic music theory - www.oscarvandillen.com Professional music theory: an outline of basic music theory. Preface and Chapter 1 of the Outline of basic music theory – by Oscar van Dillen ©2011-2014 The beginner’s learning book can be found at Basic elements of music theory. Overview of chapters: Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Sound and hearing Chapter 3: Musical notation Chapter 4: Basic building blocks of melody and harmony Chapter 5: Consonance and dissonance Chapter 6: Circle of fifths and transposition Chapter 7: Concerning rhythm, melody, harmony and form Chapter 8: Further study Preface This outline offers a concise and complete overview of basic music theory. In order to speed up consulting this online book, its chapters can as of now be found on separate pages; unfortunately the original one-page version exceeded acceptable download times, because of the length of the total materials presented. © Oscar van Dillen 2011-2014 Chapter 1: Introduction integrating hearing-reading-singing-writing
Lyric Writing Exercises: a 5-Day Workshop Guest post by Maria Rainier If you’re anything like most songwriters, you’re all too familiar with that frustrating sensation of being stuck in a rut. You know it’s important to write something – anything – every day, but there are times when that just seems impossible. Maybe you don’t have enough energy, you might be too critical of your first attempts, or you could be missing out on the muse. Whatever the reason, you can still get your daily writing done in a productive way if you introduce new exercises into your routine. Day 1: Research Mix & Match The first step is to give yourself something interesting to work with. Day 2: Collaborative Brainstorming Contact a friend by chat or email. Day 3: Titles & Nuggets Using what you’ve written from the previous two exercises (or relying on your notebook), construct some potential song titles. Day 4: Songwriting Surgery Now, pick a popular song that appeals to you and completely rewrite the lyrics. Day 5: Open Season Related Articles
Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever - Music A British band and a group of scientists have made the most relaxing tune in the history of man, an Mp3 of which is at the bottom of this article. Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay. Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm. Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Listen to it on Soundcloud here. Image: Rex Tags: Music
Piano Chord Dictionary Online Piano Chords Songwriting Exercises - Handout Songwriting Exercises by Joel Mabus Scaffolding Stuck? Try this exercise: A) Take some song you like — any song at all from any era, any style — just so long as it is familiar to you. B) Write a new lyric to that song. C) Take that new lyric and write completely new music to it. D) Edit. (Or you could do A-C-B-D — write the new music to the “scaffold” song and then write a new lyric.) What remains is a new song with only a hint of the “ghost” song that acted as a scaffold for the process. Listmaking Out of ideas? A list could become a song (remember “My Favorite Things” or Tom T Hall’s “I Love...”) or could be a starting pad for an essay song, enumerating facts or feelings. Focused Imaging Similar to listmaking, but more purposeful, is putting your imagination to work in creating a scene, place or mood. Imagine a perfect day in your childhood – or the day your childhood sweetheart left you. Out-of-context Images Brain dead? Do this a few times and you start to see language in a new light. Journal
Chord Theory for the Guitar Folk Guitar Home Page The basic chord is called a triad. It consists of three notes. You need to know what notes will be sharp or flat in the key that is the name of the chord. Major ChordsRoot 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th A B C# D E F# G# B C# D# E F# G# A# C D E F G A B D E F# G A B C# E F# G# A B C# D# F G A Bb C D E G A B C D E F# Minor chords are the same as major chords except that the 3rd is lowered. Minor ChordsRoot 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th A B C D E F# G# B C# D E F# G# A# C D Eb F G A B D E F G A B C# E F# G A B C# D# F G Ab Bb C D E G A Bb C D E F# In a seventh chord, such as C7 and G7, you play the seventh note up from the root in addition to the triad. Seventh Chords (Dominant 7th)Root 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th A B C# D E F# G B C# D# E F# G# A C D E F G A Bb D E F# G A B C E F# G# A B C# D F G A Bb C D Eb G A B C D E F Minor Seventh ChordsRoot 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th A B C D E F# G B C# D E F# G# A C D Eb F G A Bb D E F G A B C E F# G A B C# D F G Ab Bb C D Eb G A Bb C D E F