My advice to people learning music theory...

2018-02-14 12:52:54 by TheDukeofJuke

Don't be discouraged if music notation isn't for you. Learn what you can from being taught and apply it. There are tools that can be used to convert your midis to music notation anyway. So screw it! I am finding the names of chords and other certain things interesting, but I don't see myself using notation down the line to compose my stuff. Props to the people that can use it though.


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ChronoNomadChronoNomad

2018-02-14 15:07:50

Yeah, music theory is not thoroughly necessary when it comes to actually making music. In some instances, it can even run counter to a musician's process, like if he or she has a talent for playing by ear. A natural talent for picking out melodies and harmonies can actually be offset when being forced to learn theories and methodologies, take counter-intuitive music lessons, or quote unquote play the correct way.

Sure, all the various musical terminology is interesting, but it's more attuned to understanding rather than honing one's craft. Obviously, one can know all there is to know about music theory and still be a terrible musician, while the reverse can also hold true.

In all honesty, the more technobabble that's attached to a piece of music, the less impressed I generally am. What I really want to know is where the music comes from; what the artist was thinking or feeling at the time, what motivated them to compose it in the first place.

TL;DR — Musicians no more need to know the names of chords, key signatures, and the like than stargazers need to know the names of all the stars and planets in the night sky. There is limitless beauty to be found regardless. That said, neither way of doing things is inherently wrong...merely different.

TheDukeofJuke responds:

Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm basically learning music theory just to get an understanding of how a standard structure works for a composition, and then just break the rules when it feels right to.


Daru925Daru925

2018-02-14 15:12:40

Yeah, learning Chinese might be easier :)


ZelgeonZelgeon

2018-02-14 20:53:30

I have basic knowledge about music theory, most of the time, when composing i just write what i think that it sounds good to me, i can easily tell when something is off key so, i'd say that when it comes to composition, you could just have talent and write really good stuff without knowing everything about music theory.