12 Music Theory Hacks to Learn Scales & Chords

Revolution Harmony
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This is a hacks-only version of Part 1 in the series: Hack Music Theory. Each hack delivers all the vital info you need to know about each topic. Read through all these hacks in a half hour, and you’ll be making good music in less than an hour from now. However, you’ll miss out on a bunch of bad jokes and deep insights that are only revealed in its companion, so go grab a copy at HackMusicTheory.com Ray Harmony is an award-winning music lecturer and multi-instrumentalist, who draws on his two decades of teaching experience to break down music theory into its simplest form. After studying 'popular' and 'classical' music theory, Ray created a unique approach that he uses to compose his songs, which feature multi-platinum Grammy winners Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and many more. “The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” –DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want “This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.” –IHSAHN, Emperor “Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.” –PAT LUNDY, Modestep, ex-Funeral for a Friend “Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!” –JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound, Zoax “If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.” –VICTORIA WILLIAMSON, PhD, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield, UK, author of You Are the Music “Ray has a totally unique approach of hacking music theory, which gives you the essentials in a fraction of the time.” –VESPERS, Warp Academy founder, music producer
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Ray Harmony (né Holroyd) has dedicated his life to using the power of music to inspire positive change in the world, which he does through Revolution Harmony. He is a British African based in Canada via the USA, and an award-winning music lecturer, composer, performer, producer, writer, baker, candlestick-maker, are you still reading? Ray's education is a unique blend of piano and 'classical' music theory from the Royal Schools of Music (UK), and guitar and 'popular' music theory from Musicians Institute (USA). He also gained his teaching qualification from EHWL College in London. Ray makes music with multi-platinum Grammy winners (Serj Tankian from System of a Down, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and many more), then donates all the proceeds to charities. Ray believes in free music for all, so please help yourself to his discography at RayHarmony.com
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Publisher
Revolution Harmony
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Published on
Jun 24, 2016
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Pages
46
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ISBN
9781988410067
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Language
English
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Music / Instruction & Study / Theory
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Theory is a six-letter dirty word to most musicians, but hey, musicians love dirty words, right? And just like all the other dirty words, theory is easy to learn and fun to use! After studying 'popular' and 'classical' music theory, Ray Harmony created a unique approach that he uses to compose his songs, which feature multi-platinum Grammy winners Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and many more. Ray Harmony is an award-winning music lecturer and multi-instrumentalist, who is now sharing his top-secret music theory and songwriting hacks through this book series. Drawing on his two decades of teaching experience combined with his minimalist methods of explaining, Ray breaks down music theory into its simplest form via a series of simple hacks, deep insights, and bad jokes. Tuck in at HackMusicTheory.com “The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” –DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want “This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.” –IHSAHN, Emperor “Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.” –PAT LUNDY, Modestep, ex-Funeral for a Friend “Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!” –JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound, Zoax “If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.” –VICTORIA WILLIAMSON, PhD, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield, UK, author of You Are the Music “Ray has a totally unique approach of hacking music theory, which gives you the essentials in a fraction of the time.” –VESPERS, Warp Academy founder, music producer
This book presents a complete methodology for learning how chord progressions work and how to apply these principles to your own creative endeavours.

Any chord progression can be seen as a combination of tonic, dominant and subdominant chords.

We employ 12 frequently used combinations which we call the core progressions. The first chapter demonstrates the core progressions in their simplest form using three major chords. Chapters 2-7 show which chords can be used as substitutes for the three majors to widen the range of expressive possibilities. This is similar to the way a painter uses a wider palette of colours beyond the primary colours of red, yellow and blue to achieve visual effects. Chapters 8 and 9 are about cyclic progressions and Chapter 10 details how to change keys.

Each chapter starts with a theory section followed by a song examples section which shows how the core progressions are used in the context of many popular songs. You can follow up what you have learned by working through the composition exercises for each chapter. There is also a revision section for each chapter to enable the reader to review the learning material.

There are two indexes, one for the song examples and one for the composition exercises. By using the links between these indexes and the contents page you can navigate the document to find what interests you. This will help you to develop a personalised approach to the learning material.

There are four additional learning modules on blues progressions, song forms, the AABA format and its many variations, and 36 chord theory which shows how any chord will function in any key.

The Secret Life of Chords is completely different to any other book on the market and is an invaluable resource for musicians of all levels.
WTF is "Running Harmony", and who the hell is this "Harmony" guy anyway? Running Harmony is the art of running hard, sitting soft, and eating kind. It's also the name of Ray Harmony's running column in Vegan Health & Fitness magazine. This book is the first volume in the series, and is a collection of all Ray's writing on running from 2015 to 2016. Ray Harmony is a British African based in Canada via the USA, and has been Vegan Straight Edge for over 10 years. He is a full-time musician and author, and a part-time runner, who recently completed a one-year 5K-a-day running streak. Ray is a Vibram ambassador and runs exclusively in FiveFingers. His favourite distance is 5K, with a current PR of 18:41. He also has a handful of running medals, but he doesn't like showing off so he keeps them hidden in the zipped pocket of his laptop bag, mainly as an occasional reminder to himself that sometimes he can run pretty fast. Ray Harmony has made music with Serj Tankian from System of a Down, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and many more. Ray's running song "Two Runs Make a Right" is available for free download from his website: RunningHarmony.com "If exercise is medicine � and it is � Ray Harmony is Gregory House by way of Patch Adams. A lively kick in the butt for lapsed gym dogs and a hymn to the awesome power of commitment." �BRUCE GRIERSON, author of What Makes Olga Run? "Ray submitted an excerpt from this book for his column in Vegan Health & Fitness magazine. I was the lucky first one to read it, and immediately insisted on reading most of it aloud to the rest of the staff. We all agreed that it was probably the best thing that has ever been published in VHF. Not only is it extremely eloquent and well-written, but the message comes from the heart and is very touching and inspirational. We can all relate to the emotions Ray experienced, and his journey is a joy to experience with him. I highly recommend this book. I know it is going to make a real difference in the lives of those who read it." �BRENDA CAREY, editor of Vegan Health & Fitness magazine
Modeled on the brilliant approach first formulated by distinguished professor of music and master clarinetist Michele Gingras in Clarinet Secrets and More Clarinet Secrets (both available from Rowman and Littlefield), Music Secrets is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use, contributions to the Music Secrets series fill a niche for those who need quick and easy methods for learning what they need—from those just starting to the advanced musician in need of a refresher or new insights.

Rhythms, melodies, and harmonies are the building blocks of music. In Music Theory Secrets: 94 Strategies for the Starting Musician, Brent Coppenbarger offers a full range of methods to help musicians, not only grasp, but remember those key elements upon which the music they play is built: pitch, rhythm, scales, key signatures, and harmony. With over eighteen years of experience teaching music theory, Coppenbarger offers the various teaching and memory strategies he has designed to help musicians understand and retain what they need to know.

Coppenbarger covers critical information on how to determine pitch, the use of meter, and how to count rhythms in simple and compound meter; explains major scales and major key signatures, as well as minor scales and minor key signatures; surveys other types of scales (such as those used in jazz) and explains how modes work; presents necessary data on scale degree names and intervals; covers triads and various types of chords; touches upon Roman numeral analysis, inversions, and figured bass; presents non-chord tones and discusses solfege singing, including several pages of sight singing using various clefs and keys (strongly recommended for instrumentalists for practicing transpositions for the appropriate clef and range) demonstrates the different techniques musicians can use for transposing keys; and finally discusses more advanced concepts such as part-writing rules, the use of sequences, and form.

Music Theory Secrets: 94 Strategies for the Starting Musician is an indispensable resource for instrumental teachers wishing to incorporate music theory into lessons, classroom teachers, high school and college students, amateur musicians, those wanting to learn to read music, home-schooled students, and college bound music students.
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