I. Scales and Modes

II. Chords and Progressions

III. Rhythm Patterns

IV. Temperament

V. Counterpoint

VI. North and South Indian Music



The following assumes that you have at least a general knowledge of notes, rhythms, and basic terms such as octave, chromatic. You must have a basic familiarity with scales as well. I also assume that you have held at least one instrument and experimented a little bit with it. In most examples I will use the piano because I find it easier to work with visually as far as many aspects of music theory go (specifically scales). However, since I also play the guitar I will include it from a guitaristís standpoint as well. If you are uncertain that you are ready for this section, I suggest that you head back to the basic music theory area and read up there first.


I am constantly refining various sections as I remember more things I need to add or other things I have learned. E-mail if you have any suggestions on how to improve any sections.


Scales and Modes - A survey of the basic ideas underlying key signatures, modes, and modal systems.

Chords and Progressions - Formation of the different types of chords and how to use them in progressions.

Rhythm Patterns - Different rhythm patterns, polyrhythm, and meter.

Temperament - Tunings systems since Pythagoras.

Counterpoint - Basics of counterpoint and its usage.

North and South Indian Music - The basics of the music theory system in India.