How to Start a Chord Progression

Today on 3-Minute Theory: How to start writing a chord progression.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a happy vibe (AKA major), or a sad vibe (AKA minor). You’ve got three options on…

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…

Introduction to Modes and How to Use Them

Alan from Portland, Oregon emailed us and asked: “I understand the major and minor scales, and I use them in my tracks all the time, but I don’t understand the modes. I know they’re like scales, but I don’t

Why You Need to Spell Music with Numbers

Damian from Birmingham, England emailed us with this question: “I’ve watched all your videos and learnt so much already, thank you. I kinda get the idea of numbering notes, but I’m not sure how the numbers with flats work.

How to Write Great Songs: Guitar Riffs (Song 1)

How do write an epic riff that’s so tasty it sounds just as good on a guitar as it does on a synth? Easy, just follow these three music theory hacks:

Step 1: Start with the root note of

How to Make Happy Funk

Roland from Germany emailed us and asked: “I really love the blues scale, it's so juicy and funky for writing bass lines. But if I've got it right, you can only make a blues scale out of a minor

How to Write Great Songs: Bass Lines (Song 1)

Follow this simple step-by-step Hack Music Theory guide for writing great bass lines!

Step 1: Start with the root note of each chord in your chord progression
If you’re working in a digital audio workstation (DAW), then copy…

Why Learn Music Theory?

Sara Sky from Vancouver Island, Canada asks: “How does theory relate to expressing different emotions in a composition?” Wow, what an awesome question, thank you Sara! And what a perfect topic to kick off our Q&A Tuesdays…

How to Write Great Songs: Chord Progressions (Song 1)

How do you go from a blank canvas to a great chord progression in half an hour? Easy, just follow these six steps.

Step 1: Choose the scale/mode that reflects what you're feeling
In this video lesson we chose…

Introducing... the HACK MUSIC THEORY show!

Hello, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony, AKA Revolution Harmony, and we're over the moon happy to introduce to you... the HACK MUSIC THEORY show!

Every Thursday (which you must please refer to as Theory Thursday from this…