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Best online resources to brush up on your music theory

Jules, in Music lessons
Mar 09, 2021 | 3 min read

The abundance of online resources for music practice really leaves us with no excuse not to practice anytime and anywhere. Here are some online resources that you can use to learn all about music theory and rhythm.

1. musictheory.net

If you have little to no knowledge of the language of music – you need to check out musictheory.net. Learn everything from note durations, measures and time signature to chord progressions and Neapolitan chords. They use animation, highlights and a clean presentation style to make their lessons very clear and intuitive, especially for visual learners.

Lesson on Staff, Clefs and Ledger lines on musictheory.net

We suggest using a tablet or laptop when viewing this content. The best part is that it’s free and they have a pop-up interactive piano!

2. Coursera.org

If you’re into structured syllabi, quizzes and exams, then Fundamentals of Music Theory on Coursera is the one for you. You’ll have doctorate-level instructors with degrees from prestigious music colleges.

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Week 1 syllabus of Fundamentals of Theory

3. Rhythm specific learning: Soundbrenner Learn

Part of our new app subscription service, Soundbrenner Plus, includes a section for videos and articles dedicated to mastering rhythm.

We’ve produced  bite-sized video lessons featuring rhythm instructors from different musical backgrounds. ‘Choose from four categories of learning, including ‘Rhythm Exercises” packed with drills and rhythmic warmups to put theory into practice.

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‘Groove’ goes in depth on the how and why a specific genre holds a specific rhythm –  from grooves of jazz, rock to Afro-cuban music. Two other sections include ‘Musicality and Practice’  and ‘Fundamentals of Rhythm’.

If you would like more information, simply download our app for a free trial of Soundbrenner Plus.

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4. YouTuber: Adam Neely

YouTube-famous music educator Adam Neely makes music theory cool and interesting. He dissects things like 7/11 polyrhythms, microtonal lo-fi hip hop, jazz, and even j-pop. Being a multi-instrumentalist, his video essays, lessons and vlogs gives a fresh perspective on music and music theory.

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5. Ear training app interval

Just like playing the piano or improving your vocal chain, you can train your ear and play melody by ear. Recognizing chord progressions by ear can help you be more creative with writing songs. You can easily steer yourself away or near the common progressions.

Although most of these apps may have interfaces that came from the 90s, we believe that it is helpful for both musicians and engineers alike.

6. Music theory examples by women

This is a database of excerpts and complete musical compositions by women composers. The music is categorized by theoretical concepts for use in music.

Whether you’re a teacher looking for some helpful resources to use in the classroom, a musician doing some concert planning, or just finding the next skill to get better in – this is the page for you.

Women in music

7. Music theory academy

From structure, chords and tonality to composing, you can find FREE music theory lessons throughout this website. They also give out music theory quizzes and worksheets to help you test your music theory.

Fairly advanced musicians often find it difficult to find more free resources but music theory academy has advanced topics including Picardy third and Ostinato.


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