theory is the ordered structure and terminology that organizes all
the sounds that can be played on an instrument or heard in nature into
logical and uniform systems. The classification of sounds, specifically
melody and harmony, into such distinct categories is necessary for
composers and players so that they may enhance their compositional
abilities or skills on the instrument. It is extremely challenging to
cover all aspects of music theory due to the subjects diversity and
depth. In addition, often you cannot understand music theory completely
without understanding a musical instrument and that is something a
website will never be a substitute for.
Music theory has been
divided into a large variety of categories which I attempt to cover in
this website in adequate detail. At its current state the website covers
all the fundamental terms and ideas that define the structure of musical
expression, the use of these concepts together to demonstrate how they
are used in composition (including classical music theory), more
advanced functions of these concepts (jazz theory and ethnic music
theory), and atonality.
Any aspiring musician
must have knowledge of at least a little music theory and I hope to
provide something for the musicians out there interested in the topic
and expecting to progress and advance their understanding and gratitude
for their instruments and music in general.
There may be a myriad of
websites out there already that provide what I have to offer but I have
not created this website for any other purpose but my own interest as
well as a way of refining all aspects of theory that I understand. It is
unfortunate that many do not share a sense of appreciation for the
beautiful connections and interrelations between the variety of concepts
as well as its closeness to mathematics. Music theory is an art form in
itself and can be just as beautiful as written music.
I have tried to organize
this website in a way I feel will be most logical to someone learning
the beautiful language for the first time. I encourage those who are
overwhelmed by the massive wealth of information there is to learn in
the topic to continue to strive towards understanding. Do not let your
perseverance falter. Sometimes you will come across concepts in music
theory that can easily be understood with little or no trouble while
other times you will have to carefully read and comprehend each word and
sentence before you can move on. This is the same in any subject you
will ever study. If you are still unable to understand something, you
may send me an e-mail or you may try to
consult one of the sources in the links or reference pages.
11.20.05 - Changed some
layout issues, and added links to most of the bottoms on the top banner.
Footer now links to e-mail/contribution page. I have started working on
the basics section and rhythm section of intermediate theory but nothing
is online yet.
11.16.05 - Most of the
scales and chords sections of intermediate theory are up. Rhythm
patterns should be updated within the next few weeks since it will not
require an extreme amount of attention. Temperament on the other hand
will be particularly difficult to cover as this topic seems quite
endless and complicated. I will likely put this aside temporarily and
try to update the basics lesson.