Learn how to use and combine chords to create your own rich harmonies in any style of music
- 1A comprehensive curriculum with videos and interactive handouts
- 2Draw from the repertoire of classical jazz and pop
- 3Get practical experience applying these techniques to your own music
- 4Interact with other students in the online community
- 5Accessible to blind and visually impaired musicians
In this course, you will learn the harmonic concepts and techniques used by classical composers such as Bach and Beethoven, by jazz improvisors like Miles Davis and Brad Mehldau, by pop songwriters such as Paul McCartney and Tori Amos, by musicians that cross genres like John Williams and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and countless others.
As different as their music might seem on the surface, they all rely on many of the same universal principles:
- Chord voicing and voice leading
- Use of chord, color, and non-chord tonestonic, dominant, and subdominant function
- Circle of fifths resolution
- Secondary dominants
- Borrowed chords
- Diminished approach chords
- Augmented sixth chords and tritone substitutions
- Pedal point
These are the same topics that are taught in a college-level music theory course.
But most of those focus almost exclusively on analyzing existing music, providing little guidance on how to make practical use of this information.
I take a different approach. I show examples from the literature, but then I focus even more on demonstrating exactly how you can make use of the techniques you learn.
By the time you complete the course, I will teach you everything today's musician needs to know about harmony and chord progressions.
I show you the concepts that are common to practically all forms of Western music, from classical to jazz to rock, and how to apply them to your own music.
Are you ready to learn this language and take your music to the next level?
My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the founder and director of Mastering MuseScore. I am one of the developers and chief ambassadors for MuseScore, the world's most popular music notation software. I have been teaching music online since the dawn of the World Wide Web, and I have been teaching in person for even longer. From the publication of my groundbreaking Jazz Improvisation Primer back in the 1990’s, to my years on the faculty at major music schools, and culminating in this Mastering MuseScore School and Community, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can.