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Classics: Course - Harmony and Chord Progressions
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A comprehensive music theory course made for producers. Learn how to create more interesting and original chord changes.
PML Product Number: PML104
Write Chords and Progressions that Work
A Music Theory Course for Producers
About this Course
Do you have problems coming up with good sounding chords and progressions? Then this Step by Step guide is for you!
- Write chords. Starting with basics of harmony & chord progressions, you'll learn how to write awesome chord progressions for your own music.
- Practical. This course is made for electronic music producers, offering many practial examples and writing sessions for different styles.
- Detailed. It's like being together in the studio. We are commenting and explaining every step in detail, so you can follow along.
What You Get
- A complete beginner friendly online course, learn how to write your own chord progressions
- 50+ video tutorials
- 6h+ online video sessions with lifetime-access
- PDF Slide Set with overviews and explanations
Who is it made for?
This course is designed for electronic music producers who want to write better chords & chord progressions. We are going to take the perspective of someone working inside a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) - like Logic, Ableton Live, FL Studio.
The course is for beginners but its also suitable for advanced producers, since we go into great detail after our first “basics” block is covered.
This Online Course brings you up to speed in Music Theory.
What you will learn from this course
Part 1: You are going to learn the basics of harmony and chord progressions.
Part 2: You will learn how to come up with great sounding harmonies and chord progressions and how to find voicings "that work" in your own compositions and make them sound more interesting.
Part 3: You will find practical writing sessions for different styles such as Deep House, Melodic Deep, Future Bass, EDM, Summer Vibes, Progressive House and Techno. Along the way, we are going through many nice sound examples and sharing a lot of our specific composition knowledge and experience.
- 20 - Chord Substitution (7:16)
- 21 - Example: Chord Substitution (5:26)
- 22 - Voicing (9:36)
- 23 - What makes a "good" Chord Progression? (6:21) Free Preview
- 24 - Analysis of a "good" Chord Progression (7:09) Free Preview
- 25 - Borrowed Chords (2:21)
- 26 - Parallel Minor - Chord Borrowing (2:26)
- 27 - Parallel Major/Minor Scales - More Chord Borrowing (5:21)
- 28 - Secondary Dominants (6:01)
- 29 - Diatonic Passing Chords (3:47)
- 30 - Chromatic Passing Chords (4:24)
- 31 - Modulation (2:32)
- 37 - Writing a Melody with the C Major Scale (Francois) (23:07)
- 38 - Writing a EDM-ish Melody with the A-Minor Scale (Francois) (11:30) Free Preview
- 39 - Creating an EDM Chord Progression and Melody (Tom) (22:33)
- 40 - Writing Tropical Summer House Chords and Melody in Amin (Tom) (29:19)
- 41 - Writing a Future Bass Track from Scratch (Tom) (39:10)
- 42 - Writing Progressive House Chords and Melody from Scratch (Tom) (27:34)
- 43 - Bonus Session: Writing Chords & Melody in the Style of "Snake" (16:49)
- 44 - Writing Session #1 - Chords and Melody - Melodic Deep / Techno (30:16)
- 45 - Writing Session #2 - Chords and Melody - Melodic Deep / Techno with Moog Bass (22:56)
- 46 - Writing Session #3 - Hirajoshi Scale (7:59)
- 47 - Writing Session #4 - EDM Progressive House "Dramatic" Progression in F-Minor (8:23)
- 48 - Writing Session #5 - Melodic Deep in Style of Caribou, Clawz SG, Anjunadeep (G# Minor) (33:15)
- 49 - Writing Session #6 - Chords & Melody in the Style of Blomqvist, Bohmer, Melodic Deep (14:49)
- 50 - Writing Session #7 - Chords & Melody using the Approach of Deadmau5 (9:42)
- 51 - Turning "Havana" Into A New Chord Progression And Melody - (Session with Alex) (16:12)
- 52 - Writing Session (No Comment) - Chords in the style of Armas, Dinka, EDX, Nore En Pure (9:28)
- 54 - Writing Session #8 - Writing 6 Chord Progressions (by ear) with Francois (31:04)
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Are subtitles available?
Yes! Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.
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Is this a subscription to future products?
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What if I have further questions?
We are available to help you with any questions, get in touch via: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Harmony & Chord Progressions Course doesn't require any specific software. The optional MIDI packs can be used together with any DAW (Ableton, FL Studio, Logic Pro, etc.).