The Music Theory You Need to Know for Production

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In this video, I’m going to go over the basics of music theory that apply to music production. If you don’t know anything about music theory this video should definitely be helpful. My plan is to make more in depth music theory tutorials in the future so if you have any specific request let me know in the comments. Also, feel free to add on to this video if you feel like I left anything important out.

Skip to 2:25 to get straight into the tutorial

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Time Stamps:

Is music theory important for production? – 1:22
Rhythm – 2:25
Notes and rests – 2:30
Beat – 3:27
Bars/measures – 3:56
Tempo – 4:27
Melody – 4:51
Tone and pitch – 5:17
Musical alphabet – 5:28
Show all letters in FL Studio 5:57
Octaves – 6:11
Scales – 6:22
Chromatic scale – 6:52
Major scale – 7:27
Natural minor scale – 8:37
Keys – 9:15
Intervals – 10:00
Harmony – 10:33
Chords – 10:48
Major chord – 11:17
Inversions – 12:03
Minor chord – 12:50
Sharps and flats – 14:38
Chord progression – 15:08
Closing thoughts – 15:34

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Another Monster Productions says:

Skip to 2:25 to get straight into the tutorial. Time stamps below.
Is music theory important for production? – 1:22

Rhythm – 2:25

Notes and rests – 2:30

Beat – 3:27

Bars/measures – 3:56

Tempo – 4:27

Melody – 4:51

Tone and pitch – 5:17

Musical alphabet – 5:28

Show all letters in FL Studio 5:57

Octaves – 6:11

Scales – 6:22

Chromatic scale – 6:52

Major scale – 7:27

Natural minor scale – 8:37

Keys – 9:15

Intervals – 10:00

Harmony – 10:33

Chords – 10:48

Major chord – 11:17

Inversions – 12:03

Minor chord – 12:50

Sharps and flats – 14:38

Chord progression – 15:08

Closing thoughts – 15:34

Daniel Barreto says:

Thank You! Glad that I found your channel.

Justin Daniel says:

This was great, dude! Really loved this one. I'm an idiot when it comes to theory so I know I'll be looking out for more in this series!

Y0nex says:

I liked the kind of explaination you did!, Though i have to say i don't completely agree with that thing you said about edm that edm will always be in 4 to the floor :D, I'd actually suggest producers to learn about other time signatures so that they find unique ways of creating interesting rhythms in their music :D, Not just time signatures but other aspects of music theory that could also help them find their uniqueness in certain aspects altogether for examples learning modulation could create interest in your song ! :O
I also liked that you're taking the time to explain each part in a simple understable and fun way, That thing counting from the alphabet got me renewed, I learned to count from c to c XD, That's fun
Also the simplest way for me to think about finding the minor scale is simply taking the major scale you have and taking it down 3 semitones that way you get the minor scale of the same notes, (Which is also called the parallel or relative minor scale like you said or the natural minor if you will)
Another tip i can give is to definitely try learning most of the major scales , That way you can find all the minor scales too, Since the 6th degree of the major scale or 3 semitones lower from the tonic(first note/root note) Is always the minor scale , Which then could lead to some amazing results cuz you can improvise with the scales you know and always get new ideas and melodies cuz you learned how to play the scales and you can simply distiniguish and move between different scales 🙂

E.M. Watson says:

Great video!!

Jorge Retwill says:

Nice one. Could you also do a tutorial for mixing and mastering?

Eddie Breeg says:

Pretty interesting ! An actually fast way to know if a scale is major or minor is simply by taking a look at the first note of your scale, and the third one. If the interval is minor, so is the scale. Same for the major. (A minor third is an interval of 1 step and a half. A major third is an interval of two whole steps). Because the thing there are many other scales depending on what mode you use, and the intervals are going to be differents. What does not change is what determines a major or a minor third.

Catbus Driver says:

How important would you say is it to learn to play the piano to a basic degree at least, say just practicing chord progressions, to production?

borderline delusion says:

Thanks david for this

Video. God do I need help with theory.
Thanks for this amazing video
U make the best videos
Do u have a video for nectar 3?

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Dreamer says:

Continue with this subject please

Ben G. says:

C major is also A minor. A major and A minor both have the same root note. Relative and parallel scales would be cool too, as many popular songs use scale modulation. in my opinion, too many producers keep the entire song in the same key. i hear it in most of the beats out there, the same 7 notes, no use of the secondary dominants, no borrowed chords, zero modulation etc. just and idea man! you're killing it!

vaibhav santhosh says:

woud love for a video in depth on scales, amazing video. What's the difference between a C flat major and a C sharp major?

Aravind Chandran says:

Very Happy for this video brother. Now I can clearly understand about the chords (definitely, the tricky part of music). Thank you so much and expecting more like these. A big thumbs up for ya. Don't remove your cap : ) I like it !!

CHVØ says:

Amazing and very informative content. I'm so glad i found your channel. Thank you!

MrDoctorSpoon says:

After going through your videos I’ve been able to make my mixes sound more full, louder, and all around better. I like the combination of technical and “fun” videos you do. I’m more excited about music production than I’ve ever been. Thank you!

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