3-Minute Theory: Hacks for Busy People

Do you get frustrated while making music? Do you battle to finish songs you start? Do they all sound the same, anyway? Do your chord progressions and melodies never turn out as good as you’d hoped? Do you listen to other people’s music and wish it was your own? Do you get confused about what theory is relevant for today’s music?

If you answered, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes”, then you’re not alone, as most musicians in the popular music world have these exact same struggles.

This is because popular music theory education is an unregulated mess, with everyone and their cat sharing incorrect information on the internet. So, as an award-winning college lecturer, author and journalist, specialising in music theory and composition, I’ve made it my life’s mission to create a trusted, simple and fun online source for popular music theory.

I know, I know, I hear ya! “That’s all fine and dandy and everything, Ray, but I’m busy all day every day, so when the hell am I supposed to find the time to learn music theory?” Well, if you’re kind enough to give me three minutes of your time, I’ll give you three decades of my music theory knowledge. Does that sound like a good deal?

Yep, in a mere three minutes per video, I’ll guide you step-by-step through the music theory hacks behind my top-secret songwriting methods, putting an end to your frustration, writer’s block and insecurities once and for all. Right about now, I’d usually be saying put the kettle on, make a cup of tea and settle in, but we’ll be done before the water’s even boiled. Welcome to our new series, 3-Minute Theory.

Ray Harmony
Music Teacher
Victoria BC, Canada