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Songwriters, producers, & composers: advance your chord progressions with the help of an innovative visualization.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 11m
Language: English
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Every composer and improviser knows this feeling: you’re using the same chords over and over. You’re stuck to writing in a handful of styles and emotions because you don’t really know how to branch out. This course will break you out of that rut.
Chord Candy: Fun Size is the Udemy-exclusive starter version of the full Chord Candy course from Synthase. In it, we unlock the power of four chords: the power chord, the major triad, the minor triad, and the suspended chord. Instead of focusing on abstract music theory, we do it by finding patterns in real music, drawing examples from a wide variety of genres. After identifying these patterns, you can start to rewire them and make them your own, intuitively.
Building an intuition for harmony is notoriously difficult when it involves writing everything out on staff paper. So here’s what makes makes Chord Candy different from other courses: I’ve developed an animated visualization system called the Keyring that unifies every version of a chord into a single shape, allowing you to see how the notes in each of these chords move in realtime.
Join me to find out how quickly you can start to make music with the harmonic nuance of your favorite artists.

You will learn

✓ Recognize four types of chords when you hear them in real music.
✓ Use chords confidently in your own music.
✓ Understand how chords move in common progressions.
✓ Learn from every song you hear!


• Be able to build basic chords on your instrument.
• Ability to read sheet music NOT required.

This course is for

• Producers, songwriters, composers, and improvisers.
• Musicians ready to take their practical composition knowledge to the next level.
Composer, Pianist, Founder of Synthase
Recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Yale School of Music, Nate May is a versatile American composer and improviser whose music has been heard across four continents: in jazz clubs and DIY spaces, on radio and television, in museums and modern dance venues, and on mainstage classical events at New York’s Sheen Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and others. His music spans a wide array of genres: he has composed orchestral, choral, chamber, electronic, and experimental music, scored a full-length feature film, played in a post-rock band, and given fully-improvised performances on piano and Fender Rhodes. Also an award-winning educator, he has served as a teaching artist with the American Composers Orchestra and taught courses at Yale University, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Montclair State University, the Walden School, and the Thurnauer school. Currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Yale, he holds degrees from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., Composition) and the University of Michigan (B.F.A., Jazz and Contemplative Studies). He grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area, where weekly walks among the cliffs and redwoods have helped him endure the pandemic.
Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 11m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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