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 guitarist’s 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.
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
Chords and Progressions
- Formation of the different types of chords and how to use them in
- Different rhythm patterns, polyrhythm, and meter.
- Tunings systems since Pythagoras.
- Basics of counterpoint and its usage.
North and South Indian Music
- The basics of the music theory system in India.