Review: ADSR Sounds Music Theory And Functional Harmony

A concise tutorial that focuses on laying the groundwork, then showing how to actually build effective chord progressions.

ADSR Sounds Music Theory And Functional Harmony

Price £14.97/$19 (download) or £11/$14 (pm subscription to whole site)
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Music theory is second nature to some, but a mystery to others. This new online course from ADSR Sounds is written and presented by professional musician and certified music teacher Jor van der Poel and aims to teach both theory basics and also fundamental harmony across 11 videos and two hours.

The course is divided into two parts, with the first focusing on theory such as scales, intervals, basic chords, diminished and 7th shapes and the second on how chords, the tonic, dominant and predominant function along with more complex progression examples. Everything is taught in a single piano-roll window, which helps to make techniques consistent and relevant to working in a DAW. There’s a lot to unpack in the two hours and it moves fairly fast, so you may want to revisit certain chapters. Head to over to the brand’s website and use the code “mtechmtfh” to get 14-day free access to the entire course!

Key features

  • Online music theory course
  • 11 videos
  • 2 hours
  • Scales, chords, extended chords progressions and more
  • Taught by Jor van der Poel
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