The One Thing That Every Musician Must Know In Music Theory

Tommaso Zillio

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First of all, a big THANK YOU to all the people who are submitting questions and ideas for new videos! I couldn't do all this without you!

Now, onto today's music theory, just like the doctor ordered:

  • "If you could teach a person only one thing about music theory, what would you teach them?"
  • "What is the piece of music theory that everybody, professional and amateurs, should know?"
  • "What is the most useful, 'practical' concept in music theory? Something that I will actually use?"

These are all questions that I received from my subscribers. And they are really good questions!

The thing I like best about these questions is that they ask about the 'practical' bits of music theory. I personally think that we could have picked a better name than 'music theory'- maybe something like "music tools". But I digress.

All the three questions above have the same answer, and we are going to see it together.

(BTW before I forget: you can ask your questions too, by replying to this email or in the YT comments to the video. I made many videos in answer to questions you ask, and I read all requests!)

In this video we see one of the most 'practical' thing that you can learn in music theory, and it's something that everybody who calls themselves a musician should know.

Fair warning: clearly, if you already have experience in music theory, this video may not be news to you. But I'm going to put a shameless plug here and tell you that you still want to make sure you know this :)

If you liked this video, your next step is to get a refresher on the super basics of music theory from a different perspective than what you may have been taught.

The video below is a concise and effective primer on all things music theory:

And where do your go from there? If you still have an appetite for interesting sounds, have a look at this other video on 7th chords.

Most musicians use just triads (3-notes chords) in their music, so if you want to get a different sound, you may start to use 7th chords (4-notes chords) and add a different 'zest' to your music:

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