Music Theory for Songwriters: From Beginner to Producer

Music Theory for Songwriters: From Beginner to Producer

Music Theory for Songwriters: From Beginner to Producer

Music Theory for Producers

Language: english

Note: 5.0/5 (23 notes) 1,610 students

Instructor(s): Mike Barnes

Last update: 2022-04-21

What you’ll learn

  • The basics of music theory
  • Keys
  • Relative Major/Minor
  • Songwriting basics/development
  • Major scale
  • Chords
  • Chord progressions
  • Chord progressions inside the circle of 5ths
  • 7th Chords
  • 9, 11, 13th chords
  • Sus chords
  • Chord inversions
  • Melodies, leads & bass lines
  • The pentatonic scale



  • You don’t need any equipment to take part in this class. However I highly recommend going in with a basic understand of an DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or an instrument.



Music theory can be a complicated, confusing subject. But it doesn’t have to be! Did you know most popular songs use just a couple of easy concepts, which once you learn make the process of writing and producing music an absolute breeze.

In this class, we’re going to tackle everything you need to know about music theory to write great pieces of music. Everything from chords progressions to melodies are going to be covered so you can leave feeling confident and creative about making great music.

I highly recommend listening to this course with headphones/decent speakers. Some of the audio examples I present will be harder to hear through laptop or phone speakers.

By the end of this course, you’ll have an excellent understanding of how to use Music Theory. But I’ll also provide you with a tonne of information about songwriting and music production. From there, the possibilities are endless: orchestral film scores, chart-topping beats, 10-minute ballads and viral music sensations are all possible.

If you’re confused by anything we talk about in the class please feel free to ask me any questions. You can write to me on Udemy or email me.

Join me on the class and get creative!


Who this course is for

  • Beginner songwriters and producers.


Course content

  • Getting started
    • Intro
    • Getting started
  • Keys & Scales
    • Keys
    • The Major Scale
    • Minor Scales & Keys
  • Chords & Chord progressions
    • Chords
    • Chord Progressions
    • Chord Progressions made easy
  • Making Chords more interesting
    • 7th Chords
    • Extensions
    • Sus Chords
    • Inversions
  • Melodies, Leads & The Pentatonic Scale
    • Melodies, Leads & The Pentatonic Scale
  • Final
    • Developing Our Song
    • Final Thoughts


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