Music Theory course II

 

 

Aim: to build on the knowledge gained in Popular Music Theory I and to prepare the student to sit a Grade 5 Music Theory exam (optional).

 

Content:

 

Scales and keys:  this section includes the following:

 

*Knowledge of the Major scale in selected keys: Bb, Eb, Ab, A, E

*Knowledge of the Natural Minor scale in selected keys: G, C, F, F#, C#

*Knowledge of the Harmonic Minor scale in selected keys: A, E, B, D, G, C, F, F#, C#

*Knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic scale in selected keys: G, C, F, F#, C#

*Knowledge of the Major Pentatonic scale in selected keys: Bb, Eb, Ab, A, E

*Knowledge of the Blues scales in selected keys: C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab

*Knowledge of the Dorian modal scale in selected keys: D, A, E, B, F#, G, C, F, Bb

*Knowledge of the Mixolydian modal scale in selected keys: G, D, A, E, B, C, F, Bb, Eb

*knowledge of derivative and parallel ways of looking at modes

 

objective: the student will be able to write out the keys and scales listed above on either the treble or bass clefs; will be able to recognise these scales in notated or letter form; and will be able to use the cycle of fifths to work out key signatures for the keys listed.

 

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Chords: this section includes the following:

 

*All major, minor and diminished triads from major and natural minor scales within a range of keys to 4 sharps and four flats

*1st and 2nd inversions of major and minor triads

*diminished 7th chords

*Major 7th, Minor 6th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th and Half-Diminished 7th chord types

*Sus 2 and sus 4 chords

*power chords

*Dominant 7th chords from Harmonic Minor scales in a range of keys to 4 sharps and 4 flats

 

objective: the student will be able to write out all of the chord types above and for different root notes; be able to name chord types as above; and be able to work out chord notes for all of the above

 

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