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Click to go to home page.Popular Music Theory: An Introduction

Written by Paul Race for Creek Don't Riseô
and School Of The Rockô

Rock, Country, Gospel, Urban, Folk, Bluegrass, Worship, and just about anything else you'll hear on the radio share the same basic musical scales, chords, and other structures. I call this "popular musical theory" to distinguish it from the things classical composers do, which go way beyond the scope of the genres named in the first sentence.

When I've attempted to teach musical instruments, I've always pointed out that you really don't understand your instrument until you understand music. Sadly, there are millions of wannabes out there who know a few chords, or a few songs, or a few licks, but think learning anything that takes real work at is for suckers. And when they fail miserably to make any kind of impact and blame everyone but the person in the mirror.

Learning the basics of popular music theory will help you:

  • Understand other people's songs

  • Learn other people's songs quicker

  • Play along on other people's songs without sheet music

  • Improve your ability to arrange songs

  • Significantly improve your ability to write songs

We have several articles in the works that should help you get started. But these three are the only ones ready to publish, even in draft form, at the moment. Stay tuned . . . :-)

We have also found a free downloadable Berklee Music handbook you might find helpful. Click here to sign up for their newsletter and get a free download - although this is a limited offer, so donít wait too long.



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