Music Theory (Pathside)
The following content includes lesson pages which are theory resources on the path. Be sure to also check out our music theory resource page.
Music theory is the method of analyzing our musical system & describing relationships between tones.
Outcomes of this theoretical system are…
- the naming of everything (tones, relationships, chords, etc.)
- sonic descriptions (how tones relate to one another when sounding – in our hearing).
The accepted traditional music theory found here is but one of many approaches to explain, describe, & name our musical system. And, a good one. It is not a creativity killing area of study, rather, an enhancement to our understanding as musicians.
Our Numbering System
12 1 7 5 2 221-2221 EON EON+
- 12 = 12 tones in our musical system.
- Each tone is 1 half step up or down to the next. 1 half step = 1 fret
- 7 + 5 = 7 natural tones = A, B, C, D, E, F, G + 5 sharps/flats.
- 2 = 2 naturally occurring half steps. 2 more naturals than sharps/flats.
- 221-2221 = Major scale pattern. A way to dial up the tones of a Major key.
- EON for Triads = Chords are built every other note, from every tone in the key. Triads are 3 tone chords.
- EON for 7ths = Taking EON one more step until we have 4 tones.