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kristopherfisheraudio says

Hey guys, So I have a question, I have no formal education in music theory or perfomance. My education is in Music Technology and is in the Grad/Postgrad stage.

Everything I have composed is just by ‘feeling’. I am constantly composing music in my head, stuff that I think is amazing, yet I cannot convert that onto paper or the computer as I have no idea what note is what, no knowledge of chords, progressions etc. It is extremely frustrating.

So here is my question, I am looking to box up the Playstation, un-install video games from the PC, remove ‘fickle’ things that I am wasting my time away on, and then use this time to educate myself – A sort of home project, I want to be educated in Music Theroy mainly and do this along side properly learning to play the Piano.

So what do you think is the best way to do this? I want to do this properly, take baby steps and not rush or let my existing knowledge of certain musical areas hinder my improvement.

I have got a fully weighted 88 Key controller, I have also bought graded books for 1-5 for the Piano and these cover the Piano, I also have some sheet music for Einaudi (For when I get to a decent level of playing) and I also have some books purley of Theory.

I guess what I am asking is what do you think the best approach would be?

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StudioEtude says

I guess what I am asking is what do you think the best approach would be?

What you write the music – it was good, 88 keys is also very good, ? Books – this is also very good, but not necessarily, depending on your desires … I am familiar with many good artists who have many years forgotten what musical notes .. and play and write music by ear … After all, the first was the sound, and then come up with a musical instrument and sheet music. And in my opinion, the main thing – the desire to make music, the constant presence of different melodies in my head (RAM) and do not necessarily delete the game, for all should be a place and time … And about the computer: I have windows XP with 3 gigabytes of RAM, and I’m not complaining …. important experience, and experience comes with time, over the years … good luck!

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delgibbons says

I’ve always fancied one of those online Berklee College music courses, just to brush up on some orchestration bits. I’ll let you know if I do one….

I have a Masters and Honours degrees in music, and grade 7 on piano and violin, but that was 14 years ago now!

:D

I feel old….

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StudioEtude says

I’ve always fancied one of those online Berklee College music courses, just to brush up on some orchestration bits. I’ll let you know if I do one….

I have a Masters and Honours degrees in music, and grade 7 on piano and violin, but that was 14 years ago now!

:D

I feel old….
I’m sorry, you’re still so young :), after graduating from the conservatory (in 22 years) was 23 years :)
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iSMPro says

You could work your way through the abrsm theory books and get very good:

http://shop.abrsm.org/shop/dept/Music-Theory/100016
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delgibbons says

Thanks! Not time to buy that sports car yet then lol



I’ve always fancied one of those online Berklee College music courses, just to brush up on some orchestration bits. I’ll let you know if I do one….

I have a Masters and Honours degrees in music, and grade 7 on piano and violin, but that was 14 years ago now!

:D

I feel old….
I’m sorry, you’re still so young :), after graduating from the conservatory (in 22 years) was 23 years :)
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backgroundmusic says

Well I am musically educated and I can tell you that it`s not of any vital importance when it comes to musical creativity, as you can see by your example. Sometimes need me three hours for reading three rows of notes :-) ,It’s all a matter of practice and I do not practice. Music education can help you to easily come up with some solutions, but not necessarily. I personally think that the best approach is to find a tutor and go once a week to learn music theory. A good teacher can shorten the path to knowledge.

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MichalskiMusic says

If I were you, I would invest heavily in ear training. Being able to identify intervals and chords when you “hear” them in your head would be a boon to your composition work. I am not familiar with any current materials in this area. Perhaps some others are aware. I bet you can find something valuable on Amazon.

I would also obtain and read the Rimsky-Korsakov and Walter Piston orchestration books. Extremely valuable information in those. The Garritan web site offered the Rimsky-Korsakov book for free a while back. It might still be there.

These would get going and keep you busy in a constructive way for quite some time.

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Mihai_Sorohan says
I can’t believe that nobody gave this link yet:
http://www.musictheory.net/

It has very simple and effective explanations, interactive ear training, exercises that give you a good visual and audio feedback. Good place to start but also for people with formal training is good to “brush up” things.

Another useful theory site I use, is this:
http://tamingthesaxophone.com/jazz-theory.html

This one is a bit more complicated and I have sometimes quite hard time to understand things there…
Learning piano is a big plus, but don’t stop there. Try to get some guitar lessons and always try to sing what you have in mind.
I don’t know about uninstalling games and stuff, sometimes these can be highly inspirational.
Anyway, your music sounds very nice, I don’t know how much you need (if you need) actually theory…
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JonBuice says

The John Thompson’s music theory series is one of the most popular methods for learning theory/sight reading. It’s used my a lot of teachers and amateur tutors, and covers a very wide skill range. Give them a look, it would certainly be a great start.

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