Adam Neely

These music theory and composition books were enormously influential on my development as a musician in one way or another. They came at the right time for me – maybe they’ll come at the right time for you too! If you decide to check them out, do me a favor and click my affiliate links below!

Chromatic Thirds

December 27, 2019

Berklee Online

180K subscribers

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Composers began using chromatic thirds related harmony around the 1830s and beyond, in order to create new colors and sounds that didn’t function within the regular tonal system. Chromatic thirds can provide dark and sinister flavors to your compositions, and can be readily found in film, television, and video game scores.

Watch more videos in this series: Whole Tone Scale: Spanish Phrygian Scale: Octatonic Scale: Lydian Augmented Scale:

Bill Hilton

199K subscribers

Want to know more about chord theory and how harmony works? This tutorial takes a look at some of the more exotic chords you might find in a progression. It reviews the basics of diatonic chords and how to generate them and the different functions of important chords. Then I talk about secondary dominants, an interesting chord substitution and the notoriously tricksy diminished seventh chord.

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Published on Sep 5, 2019

Simple method to organize ALL MUSICAL SCALES of harmonies. We use a simple method based on families and circular interval patterns to organize all scales that are well suited for building up harmonies: “THE SCALES OF HARMONIES”. We explore and systematize the Major Modes, Melodic minor Modes, Harmonic minor Modes, Harmonic Major Modes, Diminished Modes, Whole tone Mode and Augmented Modes.

PDF with all scales presented in this lesson (the Scales of Harmonies):… Cardboard tool to look up scales, made by subscriber and patron “nupfe”:… Cardboard tool in a smaller layout:… Manual to assemble the cardboard tool:… Lesson that presents and explains the cardboard tool: In the video above I refer to this other jazz lesson playing interval patterns that exceed the octave (not framed by an octave as traditional scales):

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Published on Apr 2, 2012

Produced for WHS AP Music Theory

SIMPLE piano trick to make you sound ADVANCED: Stacking chords in fifths


Published on Oct 20, 2017

If you want to step up your piano skills, come in and learn this straightforward trick that produces an amazing sound: playing chords in fifths! This is so simple but sounds so good that everyone should know it. I’ll show you what this trick is about, demonstrate how it sounds and give you a neat way to practice it by playing the major scale in a way you’ve never seen before ;).

Classical Cadences

March 19, 2019

Seth Monahan

Published on Sep 27, 2016



Published on Mar 21, 2012 Learn how to compose music, from start to finish. Be sure to sign up at to get the full benefits of the course including summaries of all the lessons, worksheets and additional videos. In this course, you’ll learn about melody, harmony, form, accompaniment, dynamics, articulations and how to make your music generally sound good. Study the ways in which Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven all made their music work.
Lesson 1 – How to Write a Melody – Learn about how to write a Basic Idea, the real building block of classical music. The easiest way you’ve ever seen, to write a convincing melody.
Lesson 2 – Harmony 101 – Learn about harmony, and how to make the basic idea you wrote in lesson 1, fit to different harmonies.
Lesson 3 – The Musical Period – Learn about the musical period, the first of the small theme types that classical composers use in their music.
Lesson 4 – The Musical Sentence – Learn about the musical sentence, the second of the small theme types that classical composers use in their music.
Lesson 5 – Functional Harmony – Start to get in depth with your knowledge of harmony. Find out what you’ve been missing that will make writing chord progressions easier than ever.
Lesson 6 – Harmonic Progressions and Chromaticism – Learn even more about how to use harmony to get the effects you want in your music. Learn about the different types of chord progressions, sequences and how to easily use chromatic harmony.
Lesson 7 – Your First Complete Piece – Learn about small ternary form, and how all the previous lessons fit together to create a complete piece of music.
Lesson 8 – The Details – Learn how to use your accompaniment, articulations and dynamics to create a great sounding, convincing piece of classical music.




Published on May 1, 2018

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So, after watching the Cycle of 4ths video

from Talkingbass last night,

I ran the exercise on the E string a bit before going to bed.

A little while ago, I practiced it again,

this time doing some small variations –

first just running the Cycle and

playing the root & 5th and …

via Exercise: Cycle of 4ths + approach notes — Ugly Bass Face


Published on Mar 31, 2013

This video talks about guidelines for successful partwriting and counterpoint Produced for WHS AP Music Theory LIKE US!! and SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!!…. Thanks for Watching


Published on May 11, 2015

Check out my Website where you can find handouts and other videos about basic music theory and much more! Table of Contents Intro: 0:00 Sharp Rule Without Key Signature: 1:08 Sharp Rule With Key Signature: 4:47 Flat Rule Without Key Signature: 7:08 Flat Rule With Key Signature: 10:15 Minor Key Signature: 12:30 Examples: 15:39 Scale Degrees: 21:28 Harmonic & Melodic Minor Scales: 26:04 Interval Definition & Types of Intervals: 30:55 Calculating Intervals: 36:12 Chromatic Intervals: 40:08 Compound Intervals: 47:41 Conclusion: 50:05


Published on Jan 1, 2013

Produced by The New York State Student Music Association, Mr. Doyle’s sample lesson plan invites you into his high school music theory (AP) classroom for a lesson on chordal root movements. Using the harmonic plan from Paul McCartney’s, “Oh Darling” as a four-part Roman numeral exercise, the students explore voice leading, non-harmonic tones, sight-singing, and finally backing up the Beatles original recording with their harmonization. Music theory teachers are encouraged to produce their own original video lesson demonstrations and submit them to the editors of the new, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online ( This exciting website is a valuable resource to all music theory educators.






Published on Sep 20, 2017

What are harmonic inversions? If you’re not using them, you run the risk of writing very boring progressions and pieces. But they don’t have to be a scary confusing thing. In this episode, I try to unpack them just a little bit and make them just a little more useful and less intimidating.



Published on Nov 26, 2016

This is my first music theory lecture on what every professional musican needs to know. I discuss everything from, key signatures, intervals, buliding triads and seventh chords, extended notes and upper structures, chord construction, harmonic analysis, mode to chord relationship, the major, melodic minor and harmonic minor scales and modes. I also explore the construction of auxiliary scales like: