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The path of a musician can be challenging and uncertain but it can also be enriching and great fun! This is the path we chose and we are here as your resource. Explore theory, history, ear training, technique, special topics and overall musicianship.
106-Altered Chords Pt.2
Continuing our discussion from episode 88, we will dig deeper into extended tertian harmonies from a theory perspective with the 9th, 11th and 13th chords. We will listen to chords with substituted 6ths and raised and flatted 5ths. We will discuss how they work in traditional, and in not so traditional, ways!
105-Melodic Dictation Pt.4-Dorian Mode
Melodic dictation, the act of transcribing and notating a melody by ear, is a crucial skill for a musician to cultivate. In this episode, we will focus on the Dorian mode and some of the chords that compliment it. It has one small difference from the minor scale, or Aeolean mode. Let's listen!
104-Studio Effects Pt.1
If you love to play music, you probably love the idea of recording. Once you plug in, or approach the microphone, you may find some of these effects to be a great help. With dynamics, such as compression, limiting and gate, you can tame your volume levels. With equalization (EQ), you can add or subtract frequencies to better shape your sounds. And with reverb, to can add depth and dimension to an otherwise sterile sound by adding the reflections that would otherwise occur in large spaces.
Today's most widely used tuning system is equal temperament. It sounds great to our ears. But it is a compromise! Musicians and mathematicians have always struggled finding tuning systems that didn't compromise the pure tones provided within the natural harmonic series. On this episode, we will discuss these struggles and the systems that arose from this effort: just tuning, Pythagorean tuning, meantone tuning, well temperament and equal temperament!
Follow along as we delve into enharmonic spellings and reinterpretation and the various reasons why they are necessary. We will also demonstrate some great ways to use these reinterpretations for some snappy modulations to far away places!
101-Listener Compositions Pt.4
It is time for us to give a listener to another round of fantastic listener compositions! They work hard, that we may listen hard!
So let's listen! This episode will feature the original music of:
Michael Chapman, Pasi Pasiaala, Dane Howard, Melody Brook Gibson, Adam House and Stefan Jacques
5 stars aren’t nearly enough…
you had me at contrapuntal simultaneity! lol
Best music theory podcast around
By far the best, most thorough music theory podcast around. They truly cover the equivalent of several college music theory courses. All in bey conversational tone and with numerous examples throughout. A real gem of a podcast. The genuine caring and effort of the hosts to present the information in an understandable way is on full display.
I was in music school intermittently and always went into brain freeze when enrolled in harmony and theory and so quit. I love chords and harmonies but never could connect with the classroom, it always felt like what I loved was being dissected. Probably not the instructors fault, just my own limitations. Now I can listen to this podcast and learn and not freak out. Doing chores with music on the headphones does not really work for me, but listening to good podcasts does work. Music Student 101 has excellent audio quality; I can hear the speakers and the music very well without having to crank the volume up painfully. With headphones with noise cancellation, I can hear everything said and played even with the vacuum cleaner running. Many podcasts have bad audio quality. Music 101 has stellar audio and what is presented is very much worth listening to. Chords make more sense now, in a good way, and I can hear the voice leading in Bach Chorales instead of banging out the chords…I’ve never reviewed a podcast before but felt inspired to review this one.