Pianists and guitarists are forced to learn music theory from the start, but the average bedroom producer can quite easily get by with a total lack of theory knowledge. But although it is possible to make half-decent music using nothing but trial and error, a bit of theory grounding is guaranteed to give you more professionalsounding chord progressions, basslines and hooks. And guess what? It’s easier than you think!
From p22, we’re going to walk you through music theory basics from a beginner’s perspective. Using our track skeleton, fire up our supplied Tutorial Files and follow along as we break down only the essential theory knowledge you need to get started. Then, once you’ve finished the track to your own taste, you can move on and apply those learnings to your own music.
Once those theory skills have been well and truly sharpened, you’ll want to install this issue’s free plugins: three posh VST/AU processors from Swedish DSP experts Kilohearts that cost a whopping £59 when bought separately. Pitch Shifter, Trance Gate and Reverser might seem simple at first glance, but once you’ve fired them up within the free Snap Heap modular environment, you’ll discover a whole new universe of sound-design creativity. Have fun with your new effects, and…
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“Guess what? Learning music theory is easier than you think…”
Joe Rossitter Editor