Wish you could create a remix that hits Top 40 charts? Wish you could be the romantic type who plays piano to your girlfriend? Wish you could get your music teacher’s jargon?
Theory for Producers may be for you.
A free course is now offered by Ethan Hein of NYU to teach the basics of music production and music theory. Requiring only a computer, Soundly has made the course available to all. It is not just a passive lecture type of course, but rather one that has students use their computer as an instrument during lessons. The course uses tools such as Ableton, Scratch, and Soundcloud. Your homework will include music videos and songs! Students will learn how professional recordings are made, produced, mixed, and mastered. It sounds fun and educational. Lifehacker also reviewed a free music engineering course, if you like these types of things.
Their website explains:
“Theory. It’s a word that has forced so many people to stop studying music — or retreat to our bedrooms where we could make digital sounds that were never wrong. But theory is awesome if you give it a chance. It gives you a set of tools that can widen your palate and increase your appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the music you make and listen to.
The goal of this course is to give you some basic theory knowledge by learning some amazing songs that illustrate each concept. For each idea, we’ll feature a song that brings that idea to life — and challenge you to use the concept in your own work.”
Check it out if you like! This is not a paid advertisement.