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Course #7: 
Music Theory & Ear Training

By the end of this course, you'll know:

✅ How to use music theory to become a confident worship musician

✅ The Nashville number system and how it makes music make sense

✅ How to identify scale degrees, intervals & Nashville numbers by ear so you can play without a chord chart

✅ Smooth ways to modulate between keys

✅ Chord variants & inversions

✅ Advanced chords & concepts, such as jazz chords

✅ And much more!

  Includes 306 min. video run time, 310 multiple choice quiz/test questions, 24 paragraph answer critical thinking questions & 3 posts. 

(Used in multiple courses:  2 min video, 6 quiz questions & 3 posts.)

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Here's a lesson from Module 1 of this award-winning course:

Remember:

Another way of thinking about major scales is scale degrees.

(VERY important!)

Instead of saying:

C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C

We could also say:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 1  

You can use scale degrees with every single major scale.

Scales are used to determine keys, which we’ll cover in more detail in module 4. 

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Here's what's included in your course:

Step #1: Get functional first.

Module 1 - "Fundamentals of Music Theory"

  • How to identify notes on piano
  • The "why" of music (frequencies)
  • What intervals are in music theory
  • A C major scale, scale degrees & what intervals make a scale
  • What chords are, and our first chord (C)
  • Half/whole steps
  • Sharps & flats
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Module 2 - "Fundamentals of Music Theory"

  • The Nashville Number System
  • Common (and some unusual but useful chords) in one key (C)
  • How emotions tie to specific chords & how we use this in worship chord progressions
  • Common, highly useful chord substitutions for arranging & tweaking songs
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Step #2: Expand your toolbelt of essential chords & concepts.

Module 3 - "Chord Variants & Inversions"

  • Common chord variants used in worship music
  • Common chord inversions used in worship music
  • How these variants & inversions create unique emotions we can use in arrangements
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Module 4 - "Scales, Keys & Modulations"

  • All major scales & keys
  • Transposing & modulating between keys
  • Additional scales such as harmonic minor & pentatonic
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Module 5 - "Time Signatures & Rhythm"

  • The importance of even rhythm using a metronome (click track)
  • Note & rest subdivisions
  • Time signatures & how to count in 4/4, 3/4 & 6/8
  • Adding extra beats (compound time signatures, 3/4 + 4/4, 5/4 measures)
  • The difference between being on the beat, vs. behind or ahead of the beat
  • How rhythm & rest create emotion
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Step #3: Learn to play worship music concepts by ear & prepare professionally.

Module 6 - "Notes & Scale Degrees By Ear"

  • Ear training for identifying scale degrees by ear (relative pitch)
  • Ear training for identifying intervals in a key by ear (relative pitch)
  • HIGHLY useful for developing the ability to identify lead parts by ear
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Module 7 - "Ear Training (Part 2: Chords)"

  • Ear training for identifying Nashville Numbers by ear (relative pitch)
  • HIGHLY useful for developing the ability to hear chords by ear, get away from chord charts & memorize MUCH faster
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Module 8 - "Advanced Techniques"

  • Advanced music theory concepts such as jazz chords, harmonies, Neopolitan chords and diminished/augmented chords
  • Developing a philosophy of music & how to learn to appreciate styles outside of your musical preferences
  • The key to successful worship arrangements
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