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Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 10 - Diminished!

——   Created by Jason Allen

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34
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2h 03m
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intermediate
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For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These online classes I'm making use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes online in a new format in order to reach more students and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class - it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 10: Diminished Chords and Tonic Expansion. It continues what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).

Throughout this class, If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible. 

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of Music Theory
  • Identifying types of diminished 7 chords
  • Whole diminished chords
  • Half diminished chords
  • Training your ear to find diminished chords
  • Expanding tonic with leading tones
  • The viiº6 chord
  • Doubling in the viiº chords
  • Tendency tones
  • Unequal fifths
  • Resolutions for viiº7 chords
  • Expanding tonic with viiº
  • Harmonizing with viiº7
  • Mystical properties of the whole diminished chord
  • Pivot chords
  • 4/2 Chords as tonic expansion
  • Using ii4/2
  • Neighboring 4/2 chords
  • Passing 4/2 chords
  • ...and much, much more!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. 

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Ph.D. in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently is a professor at Augsburg University and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

"Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quickly, so you can be on your way to being proficient. What are you waiting for!"

"Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learned loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"

"I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."

"I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"

"I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"

"Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"

"Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."

"The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."

The course project

We will do a number of projects in this class. Just follow along in the class and you will be guided through these projects. Here are all the files you will need!

For this class project, analyze the one of the pieces in this class. To do the analysis, answer the following questions:

  • What is the chord progression?
  • What is the form of the song? 
  • What is the key? (Are any chords out of key?)

34 Lessons

5 mins
Introduction & Overview
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5 mins
Tools We Will Need
free preview
3 mins
Review!
2 mins
The Master Example File
3 mins
Two Types of Diminished Chords
6 mins
The Whole Diminished Chord
5 mins
The Half Diminished Chord
5 mins
Finding Them in Key
7 mins
Spotting the Difference
4 mins
Ear Training Quiz
6 mins
Expanding Tonic
4 mins
vii6
5 mins
vii VS V7
4 mins
What to Watch For
5 mins
Doubling Options Major
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About the instructor

Jason  Allen
Jason Allen
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J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is …

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