World Music 101: Basic Music Theory For Bedroom Producers

Make your beats better with knowledge of the science behind music

Hey guys, this is OJ from the King OJ Music Library, aka “The Music Guy”. In this course, I will be using Logic Pro X 10.4.7 to teach bare bones basic music theory to home-based musicians with no instrument knowledge or proficiency. You will see a beat I kinda just made on the fly as a visual representation of every single term I put on the slide show.

What you’ll learn

  • Know basic music theory terms.
  • Be able to identify basic aspects of building a piece of music.
  • Identify basic melodic/harmonic aspects of most popular music.
  • Build at least one bar of a song with a complete harmonic arrangement.
  • Be able to identify the basics on how to use technology to recreate the sound of a live musician.

Course Content

  • Basic Music Theory Terms Pt 1 (Melodic) –> 5 lectures • 1hr 5min.

World Music 101: Basic Music Theory For Bedroom Producers

Requirements

  • No instrument experience required, just some basic knowledge of creating music using a DAW (Logic Pro, Reason, Ableton Live, etc.).

Hey guys, this is OJ from the King OJ Music Library, aka “The Music Guy”. In this course, I will be using Logic Pro X 10.4.7 to teach bare bones basic music theory to home-based musicians with no instrument knowledge or proficiency. You will see a beat I kinda just made on the fly as a visual representation of every single term I put on the slide show.

Some of the terms covered are just basics like ‘note’, ‘scale’, ‘chord’, ‘meter’, ‘rhythm’, etc. Nothing too complex like counterpoint and all that jazz. Trust me, this will help you to understand how the core techniques work together to make basic songs. That way, you won’t just be blindly just putting together notes on the piano roll or trying to guess about melody, rhythm, etc.

You don’t even have to be college educated for this course, but some beatmaking experience is definitely recommended. This is the first in a series of courses that will teach you how to make a variety of genres and similar-sounding songs without copying the actual arrangement.

While I don’t agree with the term ‘bedroom producers’, this course will empower those who have been written off as “not real musicians” to make their songs better and collaborate with other more formally trained musicians.

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