Music Basics

Lessons in the General Music series. The principles of how music works.

Published: Jun 24, 2019 Updated: Jun 24, 2019

12 Lessons in the “Music Basics” Series
Glossary of Music Terms

A glossary of common music terms.

Whole Steps and Half Steps Explained

The distance between any two notes can be defined by steps - half steps, whole steps, semi-tones, whole tones.

The Chromatic Scale

The only scale in music with ALL twelve notes of one octave.

Enharmonic Equivalents

An Enharmonic Equivalent is where a musical pitch can have different names depending on the context in which it is functioning.

The Major Scale

Not called the learning scale for a reason.

Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths and Fourths

There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures.

Ear Training

Ear Training is the development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally.

Chord Spelling - Triads

This lesson presents the traditional approach for learning the chord tones of chords with a little twist to make it a bit easier.

Chord Spelling - An Alternate Approach

An alternate approach to determining the chord tones of any chord.

Metronome - Playing in Time

There is no way around it.

Demystifying Cut Time by Chuck Anderson

_This is a guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator _Chuck Anderson__

Practice, Play and Rules (Theory) - The Three Words

Chuck Anderson wrote a great blog entry about the three words Play, Practice and Theory that send the wrong message to players and the general public.

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