Want to really learn music theory?
Visual ApproachTons of images, diagrams, and notation examples help bring the concepts to life.
Clear PresentationCrystal clear explanations, including audio examples, music notation, practice tips and more.
Take ControlAcquire the skills and knowledge you need to boost your creativity, and really take your music to the next level!
Whether you’re an absolute beginner…
or someone who’s been at it for years and looking for intermediate or more advanced material…
– there’s something here for everyone!
Music Theory Made Easy
Certain subjects seem to get a bad rap – and music theory is definitely one of them!
Too often, it’s made way more complicated than it needs to be. And it’s not usually explained in a way that teaches you how to connect the theory to real music. Almost as if music and the study of music are two different things – and that really doesn’t make too much sense, does it?!
The truth is – music “theory” is supposed to be about understanding real music and finding out what makes good music sound good.
There are sooooo many resources nowadays with tons of information about the technical details of music – but the problem is, there’s not a whole lot of useful information out there. For example, you can learn about scales and chords and intervals from today till tomorrow, and still not really understand how to use them, or how to hear them. To make matters worse, many music theory resources are written in a way that makes quantum physics look easy by comparison!
Cut Through The Noise
Our goal here at All About Music Theory is to “cut through all the noise” that’s out there, and get straight to the point.
Don’t just learn the basic information about scales, but understand why they’re so important, how they’re actually used in music, and how they relate to how we hear music. Learn about time signatures and rhythm, not just for the purpose of reading notes, but to apply the knowledge to listening and performing music. Get to the heart of what is really happening in a chord progression, so you can understand music you listen to, and so you can make your own solid chord progressions, and actually know what you’re doing!
I mean, that’s what it’s about, people, isn’t it!?
Imagine if someone wanted to learn to play baseball, so they spend ten years memorizing the rule book, and ten more studying batting stances. Probably wouldn’t improve their game very much! But unfortunately, it can be really easy to get sidetracked like that while trying to learn music. In fact, it’s literally possible to study music for years and years, and still not improve one’s musical skills in a significant way. And let’s face it – ain’t nobody got time for that!
What we need is an approach to learning music that actually makes us better at music. (What a concept!)
Let’s be real – there are no “shortcuts” to learning music. But there are an almost endless amount of detours, roadblocks, and distractions that can knock you off the road, and that’s what we’re here to prevent. Our goal is to help you get from Point A to Point B in the shortest amount of time possible. Consider this site the music equivalent of when your Waze app tells you “We found you a better route.”
No more over-complicating simple ideas. No more endless memorization that doesn’t lead to a goal or skill. Get on a direct path toward real musical development, and before you know it you’re going to start hearing music better every day, and feel yourself getting better and more confident.
If you’re interested in any of the following, this site was totally made for you:
- Deepening your understanding of the music you listen to
- Eliminating confusion about musical concepts
- Mastering scales, from the basics (major, minor, pentatonic, and blues) through modes and other advanced scales
- Truly understanding chords and chord progressions
- Finally getting on the path to reading music
- Improving your sight singing
- Ear Training!!!
- Learning to hear, recognize, read and write rhythms and time signatures
- Understanding musical form
- Increasing your appreciation of music
You will find tons of information on these topics, and much, much more!
We’ll start right at the beginning and build it up, step by step, until each concept is crystal clear, and you understand how to start using it.
The lessons are organized to be in a logical order, with each lesson building on the previous one, wherever applicable. But of course, feel free (in case you didn’t already) to skip around and explore if you’d like, you’re bound to find something you’re interested in knowing more about.
We’re super excited to have you here at All About Music Theory, and we hope our relationship will be long and successful! If you’re ready for a clear and down-to-earth approach that’s going to help you get on the road to applying what you learn and start making better music – then you’ve come to the right place.
Come to think of it, there’s really nothing “theoretical” about it. Hmm… maybe we should think about changing the website name?