University Course: Introduction to Music Theory

Larry CoryellIf you are a musician without the time or money to study a music theory course, then here is the goods, delivered right to your computer. I’m missing units 1 and 8, but the rest is intact. Also included are homework assignments to further enhance the learning process. Music theory is a long, but fascinating and very worthwhile road to take. It is in a lot of ways like learning a new language, and is a necessary knowledge to be able to communicate effectively with other musicians.

Make sure that when you click the link, you click the DOWNLOAD bar in blue at the bottom of the page, and not the download at the top of the page – which is just an ad. Enjoy!

Bach Music Notation

Hand drawn music theory by Bach

Introduction to Music Theory Course

Unit 1
Unit 2 – The Elements of Time in Music
Unit 3 – The Elements of Pitch
Unit 4 – Notating Rhythm and Meter
Unit 5 – Introduction to Notating Pitch
Unit 6A –  Movable Tonic
Unit 6B – Key Signatures
Unit 7 – Intervals
Unit 8
Unit 9 – Compound Meter: Triplets
Unit 10 – Minor Keys
Unit 11 – Hyper Meter
Unit 12 – The Modes
Unit 13 – Chords
Unit 14 – Melody
Unit 15 – Texture
Unit 16 – Timbre
Unit 17 – Form

Homework Assignments:

Homework 1
Homework 2
Homework 3
Homework 4
Homework 5
Homework 6
Homework 7

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Chord Theory

Scale Theory

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Cream – Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego [Oct, 1968]

This is one of my favourite Cream bootlegs, it shows Cream at their finest during their Farewell Tour. The above clip demonstrates that Clapton managed to actually pull off a version of Crossroads that can almost stand against the legendary Winterland recording, to do it Clapton ditched the Firebird for the Gibson Les Paul… good choice! Another absolute torrent of awesomeness can be heard in the version of Spoonful, which I am actually listening to right now… oh man! I didn’t even mention Sunshine of Your Love, I’m getting chills just thinking about that TONE. Just download the damn album already!

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Frank Gambale: Modes No More Mystery

The above clip is taken from Frank Gambale’s excellent instructional DVD on guitar modes. You can download it here. The download includes all the booklets and mode diagrams. The video taught me pretty much everything I know about modes and it is absolute essential viewing for any guitarist aspriring to further their knowledge of music theory. Frank Gambale is an Australian Jazz Fusion guitarist and the inventor of the ‘sweep picking’ technique. His understanding of the entire fretboard is second to none and he is undoubtedly one of the most talented guitarists on the map. The video covers modal chord progressions, what they are and how to construct them, and also of course the guitar modes them self. Frank Gambale also gives great examples of how each of the modes sound in the key of C so you can hear the differences between them all.

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Chord Theory

Scale Theory

General Music Theory

Introduction to Music Theory University Course

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