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    Free Music Theory Classes - the Context Principle (Part 2), Circle Progressions

    Happy holidays everyone! In this episode of music theory we continue with part 2 of the Context Principle and also discuss circle progressions. Hope you find it educational. I also want to extend a sincere thanks to Valery Amador for featuring the Music Mechanics series in Bass Musician magazine!
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    Biola University Music Theory Lecture

    Hi friends! In this episode I was invited to give a lecture on music theory at Biola University and wanted to share an excerpt of it with you. Hope you find it educational!
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    Embertone's Popelka Bassoon Walkthrough and Tutorial

    Hi guys, I did a short walkthrough and tutorial on Embertone's Popelka Bassoon, a truly outstanding virtual instrument. Hope this is useful to some of you :)
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    Free Music Theory Classes: Scale/Chord Relationships for Melody/Improv; Chord-Scale System; Compatibility Principle

    Hi friends! In this episode we'll discuss scale and chord relationships for melody and improvisation, the chord-scale system, we'll look at new definitions for modes, learn how modes can be used as independent entities, and the current definition of a scale. We'll also explore the number of...
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    Bassoon Shootout (Orchestral Tools Berlin, 8Dio Claire, Embertone Popelka)

    Bassoon shootout! In this episode of Music Mechanics/Virtual Instruments I'm doing a shootout of 4 bassoons from 3 different sample libraries: Orchestral Tools' Berlin Woodwinds (bassoons 1 and 2), 8Dio's Claire bassoon, and Embertone's Popelka bassoon. In all libraries I tried to capitalize on...
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    Free Theory Classes: Tonality, Tonal Center, Tonic Vs. Root, Atonality, Reharmonization, Tonal Center Vs. Key

    Hi friends! Hope this is useful. In this episode of Music Mechanics we'll explore tonality, the tonic, what a tonal center is, and explain the difference between a tonic and a root. We'll also discuss the importance of using specific terminology, atonality, reharmonization, remelodization, and...
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    Free Theory Classes: Melodic Minor Diatonic Formula, Chord Progression, Arpeggiation, Parent Scale in Melody/Improv

    Hi friends! Hope this is useful. In Music Mechanics 30 we'll continue with the melodic minor scale and discuss the contemporary uses of it. We'll also cover the melodic minor diatonic chord formula, the minor mode, the major mode, chord progressions (harmonic progressions), arpeggiation...
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    Hi everyone! It's my Wife's birthday today so instead of doing another episode of music theory I thought I'd surprise her with an orchestral mockup of an original composition I wrote for her entitled "Always". I put a picture and video montage to it. Everything was done on a desktop computer...
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    Free Theory Classes: Comparison of Minor Diatonic Chord Formulas, Borrowed Chords, the Melodic Minor

    Hi friends, hope you are well. In this episode of Music Mechanics we delve deeper into the minor scales with a comparison of the natural and harmonic minor diatonic chord formulas. We'll also introduce the hybrid minor diatonic chord formula, borrowed chords, and the melodic minor scale...
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    Free Theory Classes: (Modes, Part 3): Major, Natural and Harmonic Minor Diatonic Chord Formulas, Academic Terms

    Hi everyone, hope you are well and hope this is useful in explaining where those numbers like I - IV - V and ii - V - I come from. We continue with modes in Episode 28 and revisit diatonic harmony. Then we'll delve into the diatonic chords created from the modes of the major scale along with...
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    Free Theory Classes: (Modes, Part 2), Interval Formulas, Construction, Characteristics, Parent Scales, Minor Modes

    Hi friends, hope this is useful. In Episode 27 we continue with modes and learn two different possible interval formulas for each mode, how to construct them (including a very easy third way), the characteristics and "flavor" of each mode, parent scales, and the natural minor modes. I will...
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    Free Music Theory Classes: Omitted Chord Factors, Modes (Part 1), Modal Music, Monophony, Polyphony, Final

    Hi friends! Hope this is useful. In this episode of Music Mechanics well explore how to properly notate omitted chord factors, we'll discovery what modes are (including a brief history about them), and learn about modal music, monophony, polyphony, and what a final is. The following two episodes...
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