General Theory Menu

  • Common Time

    A brief explanation of this very common musical term.

  • Displacement

    Displacement is the idea of shifting notes in a certain direction, learn about the finer points of this here.

  • Dynamics

    Dynamics refer to the volume music is played at. This lesson lists the different markings you will come across and describes what they mean.

  • Ghost Notes

    Ghost notes are small bracketed notes that often cause confusion in notation. Learn about variations on notation and how to play them in this lesson.

  • Imitation

    Using the idea of mimicking in part construction.

  • Linear Drumming

    An brief explanation of what linear patterns are with written examples.

  • Ostinato

    An explanataion of what this term means.

  • Sectional Structure

    This second lesson on structure refers to how the larger sections of a song can be constructed. Many exercises in our lessons area are based on the...

  • Simple And Compound Time Signatures

    General time signature theory has been discussed in a previous lesson. Here you will learn about the two main types of time signature and the...

  • Song Structure

    This lesson discusses the structure of full pieces of music. You will learn about sections such as verses and chorus's and the orders they often...

  • Sticking, An Introduction

    Sticking marks are used to specify the order hands are used in and can be essential when parts become more complicated. This lesson gives some notes on...

  • Subdivision

    Subdivision is the idea of splitting a larger phrase of music into smaller sections.

  • Syncopation Basics - A Sixteenth Note Example

    Tempo refers to the speed a piece of music is played at, learn more in this free lesson.

  • Syncopation Basics - An Eighth Note Example

    An introduction to what syncopation is featuring written examples.

  • Time Signatures

    This is an absolutely essential topic to at least know the basics of as it is the basis of all things rhythmic. Learn what the two numbers mean and...