Move beyond cliché chord patterns by understanding how to apply more complex harmonic concepts to your music.
The best part about learning the rules of harmony is learning how to break them. Moving outside of predictable chord patterns is what gives D’Angelo his swagger, Grizzly Bear their sophistication, or Erykah Badu her sense of ethereal other-worldliness.
In this six week course, we’re going to show you how to transcend tired harmonic clichés to build more nuanced, interesting chord progressions. We’ll explore modal interchange, secondary dominants, dissonance, chromaticism, and other ways to bring a “jazzy” sense of harmony to modern music. You'll be challenged to write your own mood-setting music by creating tracks for topliners, TV ads, film trailers, and more, and get personalized weekly feedback on your work from an expert. By the end you'll feel comfortable crafting more sophisticated chord progressions to create more nuanced emotions in your music.
If you're looking for an intro to harmony in modern music, check out Unlocking the Emotional Power of Chords.
Ethan Hein is an adjunct professor of music technology at NYU and Montclair State University, and a founding member of the NYU Music Experience Design Lab, under the leadership of Alex Ruthmann. You can follow all his explorations of music theory, music education, and pop music at ethanhein.com.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to extend your chordal knowledge and create more complex emotions and harmonies.
Our expert mentors do whatever it takes to ensure that you achieve your musical goals for the course and leap forward in your learning.
You'll learn how using more complex chords and chord progressions can create more interesting and nuanced moods in your music. You'll also learn a ton of music theory concepts, including sevenths, extended chords, modal interchange, chromaticism, effectively using dissonance, and much more. You'll use all this right away in a series of real-life writing and production challenges.
YES. If you sign up and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week. The reason that the second week of the course is a cut-off for our guarantee is simply because if we go past that deadline, our mentors will have likely put in a lot of time, energy, and effort already.
We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible!
This course is really the second of our series on harnessing the emotional power of chords. As such, while not required, it will definitely help to have a working knowledge of scales, notes, and basic diatonic harmony, or to have taken the preliminary Chords course. Additionally, you'll want a working knowledge of a digital audio workstation (DAW), such as Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio, or something else.
Mainstage courses are for students who are ready to take their music to the next level through more sophisticated chord progressions and harmonic choices. You'll receive immediate, unlimited access to online materials, a downloadable Course Pack, and in-depth personalized weekly feedback from a Soundfly Mentor. This Mentor will help you stay accountable to your goals, answer your music theory questions, and offer guidance along the way.
As soon as you purchase a course, you can begin exploring the course material immediately. On the start date, the session begins, which means you'll receive your Course Pack and begin the guided experience that includes weekly activities, feedback from Soundfly Mentors, and much more. This is intended to help you stay accountable and get the feedback you need to succeed.
Yes! We aim to start a new session on the first Tuesday of every month. Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.
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