March 9, 2020 – Live Lesson Topic: The 3 Building Blocks of Music

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    Live Stream: Monday, March 9th at 7:30pm EST (check your local time zone)


    Hey guys, we are back with Live Lesson EP016! This month’s topic is: The 3 Building Blocks of Music.

    Music is comprised of 3 elements: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. In this session, we’ll take a look at each element separately before showing you how they come together to create music!

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all you have below and I hope you guys join us for the live stream. 🙂



    Q: What happens in a live lesson, how long is it, and when does it occur?

    A: Live lessons are usually 30-45 minutes in length, but can extend until all questions are answered. The first 20 minutes will comprise of the lesson, while the next 10-25 minutes will be a Q&A session for premium members.

    Live lessons take place every second Monday of the month at 7:30pm EST (check your local time zone).

    Q: Can I submit questions beforehand?

    A: Absolutely! Basic and premium members are welcome to post questions that are related to the topic in THIS thread.

    Q: Who can watch the live stream, how do I watch it, and how do I chat with Matt and other members?

    A: Premium members will be able to tune in and watch the livestream. Premium members will also be able to chat live with Matt during the broadcast.

    To watch the live stream, simply navigate to the Live Lessons Page. You will see a YouTube video embedded on the page (if you don’t see it, double check that you are logged in).

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    For further clarification, here is a video showing how to do the above (for desktop).

    Q: I can’t make the broadcast. When will live streams be released publicly?

    A: The live lesson will be released for everyone to view on the day following the broadcast (second Tuesday of the month). If you cannot make the broadcast, no worries; you’ll still be able to watch the lesson. Don’t forget that you can submit questions for Matt to answer beforehand (see the above FAQ).


    Heads Up: NEW TIME this month and all month’s moving forward. We’re pushing it back 30 min to 7:30 PM EST.


    Hey Andrew, your countdown timer hasn’t been updated to reflect the new time yet.


    Thanks Robin!


    I just watched the live lesson on youtube, great as always! Unfortunatly I can’t watch them live cause it would be in the middle of the night in Germany haha.
    I have another question: Recently I wanted to make my own arrangement of an existing song. But what should I figure out first, the harmony or the melody? I started with the melody, then counted the flats and figured out the key. But adding the harmony was very difficult and I had to google the chords. I wasn’t able to find the right chord that fits to the corresponding melody note.
    So is there a proper way or order to arrange a song?


    Hi Johanna, usually I figure out the progression first, then the melody. But it can be reversed, and over time, you start to do both at the same time.

    Arranging takes account development of your ear and knowledge of harmony. Start with recognizing interval pitches and check out our theory course for an intro to harmony.

    In our songwriting course, I dove deep into the theory breakdown behind the 3 parts of music as they relate to a tune I wrote.


    Thanks, I’ll check out those links. Well, I guess I have to learn a lot and train my ear to create arrangements. Playing songs by ear is definitely a life goal.

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