Learn the basics of music theory starting with the treble clef. Alfie Magliano explains what the lines and spaces of are, how to find the notes on the staff, and how this corresponds to the piano keyboard.
Learn the basics of music theory continuing with the bass clef. Alfie Magliano explains what the bass clef is, what the acronyms for the lines and spaces are, and how this correlates to the piano keyboard.
Learn the basics of music theory continuing with the grand staff. Alfie Magliano explains what the grand staff is and explains the role of the brace and ledger lines.
Alfie Magliano discusses how to indicate whether you are playing from pianissimo to fortissimo and how to read instructions that tell you how to play a piece of music over time.
Alfie Magliano explains the 6 different tempo markings from grave (extremely slow) to presto (very fast) and the instructions that tell you whether to slow down or speed up.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with the terminology and symbols of articulation markings. Alfie Magliano discusses the 6 different articulation markings.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with what accidentals are and how they work. Alfie Magliano discusses the three different types including flats, sharps, and naturals.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with whole steps, half steps, and enharmonics. Alfie Magliano explains what each of these are and demonstrates them on the piano keyboard.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with tetrachords and major scales. Alfie Magliano explains what a tetrachord is and the pattern it makes.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with additional major scales as Alfie Magliano focuses on sharp and flat major scales.
Alfie Magliano demonstrates why and how to place the sharps and flats at the beginning of the clef to indicate the key signature.
Alfie Magliano explains what a chromatic scale is and demonstrates both the ascending with sharps and the descending with flats on the musical staff and the piano keyboard.
Alfie Magliano explains more types of intervals, defining and demonstrating perfect and major intervals on the musical staff and the piano keyboard.
Alfie Magliano explores augmented intervals, explaining how to create one and introducing new musical notation with the double sharp.
Alfie Magliano completes the series on intervals with diminished intervals, explaining how to create one and introducing new musical notation with the double flat.
Learn the concept of solfege, a system of reading notes by assigning different, pleasant sounding syllables to the each note in the major scale regardless of the key. Do re mi fa sol la ti do...
Alfie Magliano begins by explaining what a chord is and then shows how the triad is a specific type of chord with a root, or first degree of the scale, a third and a fifth played together in unison.
Alfie Magliano examines a more technical way to refer to the names of the scale degrees. He introduces you to the tonic, dominant, and subdominant degree names and more.
Alfie Magliano explains what is a dominant seventh chord, a special four note chord, how to form it, and what it looks like on the musical staff.
Alfie Magliano discusses first inversions which is simply a reorganization of a triad chord moving the first degree to an octave higher allowing us to play these chords in a different way.
In Part 2, Alfie Magliano demonstrates how to create a second inversion which is another reorganization of a triad chord to an octave higher.
Alfie Magliano teaches you about dominant 7th chord inversions and demonstrates how to find the first, second, and third inversion of these four note chords.
Alfie Magliano explains and demonstrates how to use symbols to identify chords you play without seeing them on the musical staff.
Alfie Magliano builds on previous lessons as he demonstrates inverting chords to minimize the distance from one chord to another to ensure smoother transitions among the chords.
Alfie Magliano explains how to find the relative minor scales to the 15 unique major key signatures by utilizing the sixth degree of that scale.
Alfie Magliano continues exploring minor scales including the harmonic minor scale and the melodic minor scale.
Alfie Magliano demonstrates how a minor triad is built, the same as a major triad, but with the order switched. This small change from major to minor creates a very different emotion.
Alfie Magliano continues your studies on triads with the addition of augmented and diminished triads explaining the formula to create these types of triads.
Alfie Magliano examines modes, which are scales based upon eight notes. In this lesson, Alfie focuses on the modes related to major scales including Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian.
Alfie Magliano examines the modes related to minor scales including Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian, & Locrian.
Alfie Magliano takes a melody, single notes played over time, and creates a chord accompaniment for it.
Alfie Magliano discusses how to play chords beyond block chords, all notes played at once, including broken chords and arpeggiated chords.
Alfie Magliano continues to discuss writing melodies and creating harmonies by introducing passing tones and neighboring tones. Alfie defines these tones and provides examples of both.
Alfie Magliano demonstrates how to compose a melody against a backdrop of chords in a major key and how to identify the time signature, chords, and type of chords before adding passing and neighboring tones.
Alfie Magliano combines harmonizing and composing a melody in a minor key into one lesson.
Alfie Magliano introduces the blues or, more specifically, the 12 bar blues chord progression. And demonstrates this progression and the blues scale on the musical staff and on the piano.
Alfie Magliano recaps all of the scales learned up to this point and introduces 3 new ones. He explains the properties and demonstrates them on the musical staff and the piano keyboard.
Alfie Magliano examines various types of chord notation, not as formal, but very useful. He shows you several variations for writing chords and more.
Alfie Magliano defines motive as a short musical idea that repeats often throughout a song and he demonstrates several examples from classical and pop music.
Alfie Magliano explores several types of musical forms including binary, ternary, rondo, theme and variation, and developmental forms.
Alfie Magliano explores pop music forms including the predominant pop song structure, also known as radio format, and discusses various modifications.
In this music theory lesson focused on rhythmic counting, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West), introduces the concept of "The Beat" which is essential to the way that rhythm is understood in music.
In this music theory lesson, Matt Teitelman discusses quarter, half and whole notes and how to utilize these to find the beat and how to recognize, count, and write them.
In this music theory lesson, Matt Teitelman (Kanye West). introduces the eighth note, sixteenth note, and thirty-second note, which are all subdivisions of the beat.
Gain a deeper understanding of musical rests in all forms. Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) focuses on teaching you when not to play, but to still keep counting with a rest, or a pause in the music.
Gain a deeper understanding of rhythm in modern music with the introduction to dotted rhythms as Matt Teitelman explains what a dotted note does and describes what it looks like.
Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using half notes, dotted half notes, and quarter notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm.
Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using using quarter notes, dotted quarter notes, and eighth notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm.
Matt Teitelman introduces common rhythms using eighth notes, dotted eighth notes, and sixteenth notes and demonstrates them by counting the beat and clapping the rhythm.
Matt Teitelman explains how to understand the speed of music through the concept of tempo, the rate at which a piece of music is played independently of rhythm.
Test your knowledge of whole notes through sixteenth notes with this exercise designed to determine your understanding of the elements of rhythm.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) focuses on when, how, and why to use musical ties in music notation and shows you examples.
Matt Teitelman talks about syncopation, or playing off the beat, and explains how some beats are stronger and others weaker and how playing on the off beat adds a sense of tension and release.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) discusses how to divide notes into groups of three using triplets, how to create a triplet and how to count them.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores ways to manipulate the triplets to make interesting rhythms with the introduction to common eighth note triplet rhythms.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores ways to manipulate the triplets to make interesting rhythms with the introduction to common sixteenth note triplet rhythms.
Matt Teitelman introduces swing rhythms across all music genres. Swing rhythms are based on eighth note triplets and Matt demonstrates various ways to play, count and write these.
Test your knowledge of triplet rhythms and rhythmic concepts.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains the basic rules of time signatures and explores many of the note combinations possible.
Matt Teitelman discusses the 3/4 time signature, otherwise known as waltz time, and demonstrates this time signature with several musical examples.
Matt Teitelman explores the 2/2, or cut time, and the 2/4 time signatures often used in marching music, as well as, samba or salsa music.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) examines the 6/8 and 12/8 time signatures and explains the reasons for using an eighth note pulse versus a quarter note pulse.
Matt Teitelman explores the 5/4 and 7/4 time signatures and gives you examples where these odd time signatures are used.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explains alternating time signatures, also known as changing or shifting time signatures, and examines examples of these within a single piece of music.
Matt Teitelman delves into the rhythm known as clave, named for the instrument that it is played on (the claves), discussing it as an opportunity to explore beats of different length.
Matt Teitelman (Kanye West) explores the concept of polyrhythms, providing musical examples of these counter rhythms and gives mnemonic devices to remember them.