Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

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Do you struggle with being able to finish your tracks because something is musically wrong but you don’t know how to fix it? If so then this music theory course is for you. Music Theory is an important and necessary component to any electronic music producer’s skillset. In this 8 hour course you will learn how to find your way around the piano keyboard, build simple chords, create chord inversions and learn about major and minor scales. This class is centered around learning music theory and how it can later be incorporated with Ableton.

This class brought to you by Lenny Kiser Ableton Trainer and Benjamin Gribble. 

Instructor BIO: Benjamin Gribble is a music theory expert and trained pianist with a degree in music composition and theory from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been teaching music theory and piano lessons in SF privately and at various institutions for the past 7 years.

Dates:
Tuesday Oct 28th – 7-9 PM
Tuesday Nov 4th – 7-9 PM
Tuesday Nov 11th – 7-9 PM
Tuesday Nov 18th – 7-9 PM

Topics
Week 01

  • Understanding the Keyboard Layout
  • Simple Chord Structures
  • Activity Building Simple Chords
  • Activity Putting Chords Together

Week 02

  • Introduction to Inversions
  • Activity Building 1st Inversion
  • Activity Building 2nd Inversion

Week 03

  • What is Major and what is Minor
  • Activity Whole Steps and Half Steps
  • Major and Minor 3rds
  • Activity Find and Build Major Chords
  • Activity Find and Build minor Chords

Week 04 

  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Activity Find the relative minor of Major keys
  • Activity Find the relative Major of minor keys

 

Ableton 101 – Sept 27th – Oct 7th

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Description: Make the music you’ve always wanted to with Ableton Live, a powerful tool for music production used by professional producers worldwide. In this 17 hour introductory course, you will learn how to use Live’s devices, loops, effects and instruments to create your own music. This course will walk you through the entire process of creating a song from start to finish with hands on examples and exercises. You will leave with an understanding of how to utilize both the session and arrangement view to create music, arrange a song and apply basic mixing techniques.

****Enrolling in this class makes you eligible for the educational discount on Ableton software!****

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Training Hours: 17
Dates:
Day 1: Saturday September 27th    12-7PM
Day 2: Tuesday September 30th     7-9:30PM
Day 3: Saturday Oct 4th                  12-7PM
Day 4: Tuesday Oct 7th                   7-9:30PM

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Ableton Live Performance Class

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Ableton Live opens up a world of creative potential for performing music live and DJ’ing. This one day hands on workshop will give you the necessary skills to use Ableton to start building your live performance set. You will learn how to prepare your music to be performed while building the necessary skills and knowledge to create a set that allows you to be creative and improvise while using a MIDI controller. Not only will you be able to incorporate multiple types of performance scenarios, you will learn how to do so in a manageable way that you can build upon. As well as learning how to properly use and create FX you will learn several powerful performance tips and tricks. If you’ve ever thought about performing live then this class is for you! This class welcomes all skill levels from beginners to advanced users looking to get into performing music with Ableton Live.  This workshop is hands on and all MIDI controllers welcome! 

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Prepare your original music to be performed using the 8×8 stemming method
  • Create, manage and build upon your own performance template and set
  • Learn how to use your MIDI controller to manipulate your music in realtime
  • Create and use performance effect racks and send and return fx
  • Incorporate live Instrument playing and drum sequencing
  • Set up a cueing system and general performance mixing techniques

Ableton Mixing Workshop

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Mixing Workshop

Saturday March 8th 12-4PM
Sunday March 9th 12-4PM

Mixing is a necessary skill for any music producer to create a professional sounding song.  A great musical idea can be lost in a cloudy and muddy mix. If your mixes lack that punch, depth, clarity or are generally not loud enough this workshop is for you. Learn how to use and abuse the tools to get your tracks loud! This workshop will cover the necessary elements to create a professional sounding mix by first understanding how the tools work and then learning when and why to use those tools to achieve the results you want.

Topics:

Elements of a Mix
Compression
Side-Chain Compression
Parallel Compression
EQ
Reverb
Delay
Volume Balancing
Panning
Signal Chains
Limiting
Referencing
Prep for Mastering
Cleanup Vs. Creative Mixing
Fixing it in the arrangement
Fixing it in the sample, synth or recording
Dealing with your room
Inserts vs. Sends and Returns
Tips n Tricks

Ableton 101 – Feb 8th – 21st – 2014

session-osx copy 3Description: Make the music you’ve always wanted to with Ableton Live, a powerful tool for music production used by professional producers worldwide. In this 16 hour introductory course, you will learn how to use Live’s devices, loops, effects and instruments to create your own music. This course will walk you through the entire process of creating a song from start to finish with hands on examples and exercises. You will leave with an understanding of how to utilize both the session and arrangement view to create music, arrange a song and apply basic mixing techniques.

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Ableton 201 – Advanced Course – Sound Design, Synthesis, Sampling and Mixing

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This is an Ableton Live course where you will learn about sound design, synthesis, sampling and advanced mixing techniques to further refine and develop your productions. Students will apply the ideas and techniques learned throughout the class with hands on examples that reflect different parts of the music production process. This course is a great sequel to my 101 course and also good for someone looking for more advanced Ableton knowledge.

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Full Course Outline