Tips For Learning Music Theory

The number of works in music theory is colossal, whatever the style (classical, jazz, and others). It is, therefore, important to work efficiently to play a little of everything and to be able to adapt quickly.

Here are some tips that will be covered over the next few weeks.

Why Learn Music Theory?

Music theory? We all heard about it one day, whether at school, among friends, at work, in music lessons … It has become a word banned for several years, replaced by “musical training.” It is to believe that the word solfège had a bad reputation. Certainly, the content of Musical Training is much broader than the music theory. And yet, the word Solfège is still very present in discussions, forums, school programs, and others. He hasn’t quite disappeared.

Here are some untruths: to say that music theory is useless is wrong? To say that we can make music without knowing music theory? If this is true, then you risk being limited, the worse you risk taking bad habits (wrong rhythms, bad reading of notes …). Moreover, if part of music theory consists of knowing how to read notes, developing a sense of rhythm … then all musicians do music theory without knowing it. More seriously, do not put your back on music theory, do a little but well, in any case, I will try to convince you that it is certainly a little personal investment but well done; it will save you time by the following.

Work Well In Music

Despite the promises of all kinds, learning music is still not easy … You will need time, patience, perseverance, and maybe a little luck (such as finding the ( good) teacher who suits you best). I will therefore give you some advice to work on your musical learning in an effective way. Even though online methods, internet videos, and virtual teachers have flourished on our computer and smartphone screens these past few years, the “chair and bone” teacher remains the best way to learn music and supervise yourself. Online methods can be complementary, but not sufficient. Beware of these online methods as well; some are good and some less. A teacher will give you a methodology, adapt, and advise you.

Before You Play, Watch!

Before even starting to play, you must know how to analyze, learn about, and read the score you want to play. A reading and a few questions to ask yourself are undoubtedly necessary before you start headlong. The answers provided will allow you to play better, to progress more quickly. So you have to take a little time before you start working. For example, you must be able to know the key of the song, identify the alterations, have a good vision of the staff and its measures (the repeats, the possible modulations, possible changes of keys), the tempo, the rhythm, and more generally, identify all the musical symbols that appear on the staff.