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Music Theory 101

Hosted by the Consul of the Brussels Learning Lovers Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 14 Oct 14:30 - 16:30

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Dear Learning Lovers,

If you are curious about music theory, this workshop is for you!
We will debate classical music notation vs tablatures, learn to read and write music and go over the basic rules of harmony.
No need to be a musician, but don't hesitate to bring your instrument if you own one! If time allows we will have a little jam at the end - my piano and various guitars are at your disposal.
NB: the following programme may be shortened or continued in a second workshop, to be discussed with the participants.

PART I: standard music notation
- Why learn to read music?
- How to read notes in different clefs (bass clef, treble clef, C clef…)
- Understanding rhythm: time signatures (4/4, 3/4, 6/8 etc.) and basic rhythmic patterns
- Practical exercises: deciphering and transcribing simple musical phrases

PART II: basic concepts of harmony
- What's a key? What's a chord? What's a scale? What's the relationship between them?
- How to build a few scales (major, natural minor, pentatonic)
- How to build chords and enrich them (A7, FM7, E7#9… What does it mean?)
- Key signatures (ex: 2 sharps) and how to use them to predict chords
- Practical exercise: finding chords to accompany a melody
- If time allows: standard chord progressions in blues, pop/rock and jazz (I-IV-I-V-IV-I; I-V-VI-IV; II-V-I etc.)
+ composing a song

PS: I’m just an amateur guitarist who sat in a solfege class for many years as a child... and actually enjoyed it! BTW music is a mathematical language so expect some maths ;)

Looking forward to seeing you!