Unfortunately music theory (MT) is one of those topics that once said people turn off and want to listen/ read something else.
I don’t want you to stop reading
Well, MT is not reserved for someone classical, someone who has a lab coat, or even someone who relishes physics. No, MT is far more advanced than that. In fact if your have listened to:
- A song in the charts,
- listened to an MP3 or
- even listened to great classics from past year
You would have listen to MT in action. So any song in the charts and yep, most MP3s that you have downloaded have used this cool gem to its full effect.
You see without music theory none of those songs would be rememberable, none would have made someone cry, none would have make you excited and happy, none would have stayed there at the top of the charts for weeks on end.
That is its power.
“With music theory you will be able to communicate musical ideas, explore music in whole new ways, and redefine the tremendous scope that entails the world of music”– MusicianHome.com
You want to be different from other people. And hey, with the amount of musicians out there at present time, we all need something to differentiate ourselves from the competition.
Most of those other musicians won’t even try to look at music theory, they probably would turn off the Internet and look at something else. That is a mistake, but one that you can capitalize on.
So why music theory?
I bet that is a question that is zipping round in your head at the moment 🙂 But it is a good question. Music theory is the heart, soul and guts of a song. Anyone can play notes on a page, but if you do not understand the make-up of the song, you can not give it the feeling, the voice it is trying to have.
Check out the Das Boot theme. Brilliant. Slow start, guitar middle and a quick end. I know the film, but listening to the music you can see the crew members traveling and overcoming adversary- the start. The middle is finding problems, maybe a death or a downfall? The mood is brilliant and one of my favourite guitar tracks. The ending is jubilation, all speed ahead and accomplishment.