Now that you've learned the basics of DAW Music Theory, get ready to explore some advanced concepts. Continue your studies with Joshua Carney and learn advanced music theory concepts that will elevate your music making to new heights... without leaving your DAW!
Whatever style of music you make, one of the best ways to open your musical mind and ear is to learn music theory. In this follow-up to the Music Theory for DAW Musicians course, Joshua Carney focuses on advanced music theory topics and shows you how to apply them directly in your DAW.
Joshua starts by looking at the building blocks of melody and harmony: musical intervals. You learn about major and minor diatonic intervals, chromatic intervals, and how they are used to build different chords and scales. After quickly reviewing major and minor triads, he dives deep into triad inversions. You learn how to change the voicing of chords to create better sounding and fluid chord progressions, and how to integrate a bassline.
Next, you learn to expand your harmonic vocabulary with more complex chords. You learn about major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, half diminished 7th chords, diminished 7th chords, Add and Sus chords, 9th, 11th, 13th... You also discover practical ways to use the circle of fifths in your compositions. There's a whole section on the musical modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian (Sound like ancient Greek? Well, it is!) Joshua shows you how to use these modes to bring different colors to your music. The course ends with a look at 5-, 6- and 9-note scales like the Blues scale, major and minor pentatonic, the whole-tone scale (or augmented scale), and the octatonic scale.
So join Joshua Carney in this advanced course, and get your musical mind a dose of fresh air with advanced music theory concepts!
As a DAW composer and producer, I consider both of Josh's music theory courses (basic and advanced) indispensable. I bought both so that I can revisit them any time I need to revisit or clarify.
Terje Berg wrote on December 2, 2020
BedroomProducer wrote on November 16, 2020
This course continues to explore music theory using the piano roll (musical notations covered too). Though Logic Pro X is used, the DAW in use is insignificant at all. Any DAW could be used to master the theory imparted in this online course.
If you haven’t already gone through the first part of this course, then you might experience a slight disconnect in your knowledge as this builds onto the material previously covered in Part 1 (Music Theory for DAW Musicians).
The material covered has given me a nice foundation in music theory and I am empowered to create the music that’s been stuck in my head for years.
The Piano roll or DAW music theory is a very good teaching tool for us DAW musicians and I feel the following courses will benefit from the piano roll teaching style.
• Building Chord Progressions
Once they’ve all been updated this website will be the best place to learn music theory in a DAW!!
Excellent job Joshua Carney, music theory is now approachable for a bedroom producer :-)
Steve wrote on May 17, 2020
Great course! Josh explains each point clearly and with reference to the previous videos in the course so it builds logically.
He covers a huge amount so it's very dense and needs to be taken slowly but every minute is of real value.
I particularly appreciated the references to 'real' songs and demonstrations, which helped to make sense of the finer detail. In fact, a suggestion for another class would be relating the theory to case study examples as I was often wondering how relevant some of it would be to me (Can't see me dipping my toe in Phrygian mode for example)
Thanks for beautifully planned and presented course