Theory, Improv, and Arranging2019-11-25T11:19:18-04:00

Theory, Improv, and Arranging

Basic Music Theory Skills

Learn the basics of note reading, note values, key signatures, intervals, and triads.

The Staff and Note Values

The Staff

Learn the lines and spaces on the treble and bass clef staves.

Time Signatures and Counting

Key Signatures

Ledger lines, intervals, and scales

Ledger Lines

Learn to identify ledger lines above and below the staff.

Triads and inversions

Major Triads—Part 1

Learn how to build a root position major triad plus first and second inversions in the key of C Major.

Major Triads—Part 2

Practice playing major triads and their inversions around the circle of fifths. (You'll need to know major key signatures to enjoy this lesson.)

Minor Triads

Learn how to build minor triads and identify the sound between major and minor.


Learn how to build major and minor triads using intervals.

Types of Triads

Go beyond major and minor to build diminished and augmented triads, the building blocks for 7th chords.


Learn how to build inversions from a root position triad.

Beyond the Basics

Theory skills for improvisation and arranging.

7th Chords

7th Chords

Learn about the different kinds of 7th chords and how to build them.