emerable wrote:Nanakai wrote:Go through this series. Play the chords on an instrument. See, feel and hear:
http://audio.tutsplus.com/tutorials/mus ... s-piano-1/
Knowing the theory means nothing if you don't have primary experience.
Thank you! This looks like it's going to be extremely useful!
As far as experimenting without theory goes, I do that all the time. The problem is that sometimes i'll come up with an interesting chord progression that includes some non diatonic notes, but I won't really know what's going on to properly write basslines and melodies on top. Are the "wrong" keys I'm hitting just passing notes, am I changing scales for one bar, am I changing scales for one bar then changing again for the next? I'm not being lazy, I just prefer to have a more clear understanding of the musical direction of the song so I can confidently build on it.
Yeah, I know the feeling. What I like about the series that I linked is that the author goes through every alteration of every diatonic chord and discusses the logic of each. I went through the series recently at my piano and it was a great learning experience. Playing the examples solidified some otherwise murky concepts and I feel much more creative and fluid now.