Tag: Theory

Minor Scale Construction

Before you begin take a look at how a major scale is constructed Look at the C-major scale C D E F G A B C Find the sixth note. (The submediant). That note is ‘A’. Now write a scale, starting on the ‘A‘,and proceed upwards for one octave. A B C D E F […]

Major Scale Construction

The major scale is constructed like this: TONE, TONE, SEMITONE, TONE, TONE, TONE, SEMITONE So if we use Cmajor as an example, C D E F G A B C C – D TONE D – E TONE E – F SEMITONE F – G TONE G – A TONE A – B TONE B […]

Working with Intervals (part 3) Major 3rd

Continued form part 2… In the previous article we looked at the  Major 2nd. In the following article we’re going to concentrate on the Major 2nd and touch on the Minor 2nd. As with the previous article screen shots will be used to explain how to play each interval and then at the end I’ll […]

Working with Intervals (part 2) Major 2nd

Continued form part 1… In the previous article I stated that in order to understand intervals and their importance we need to listen to them. In order to create a better feeling for the sound we also need to correlate that with playing. Below are pictures and tab describing how to play the major 2nd […]

Theory: Working with Intervals (part 1)

Hopefully you have a working knowledge of theory, if not I will try and keep this as simple as possible. This article is an expansion of the previous article, The Major Scale and Intervals. I’m going to use Sonars piano roll and staff views, the piano roll will fit the same with Reaper, Cubase and […]

Key Signatures – How to learn

One way to learn your key signatures is this: Key Signatures with Sharps Take the Cmajor Scale – it has no sharps or flats, C D E F G A B C Count up five degrees of the scale to G Start the scale from G, G A B C D E F G – […]

Writing A Bass Line – Primer

So you’re here, looking for the answer? Same as it ever was, these are just ideas, musings if you will. All music and writing is subjective – it’s personal and down to individual taste. But as always with practice gettting what you want will get easier with time spent exercising your compositional brain. As with […]

The Major Scale and Intervals

As much as I don’t believe you need to be able to read music to play or record, I do think that knowledge is power. Wow what a bad starting line pretty cheesy… But that is, in a nutshell the truth of it for me. If I try and read and play at the same […]