Music Theory 101

Welcome to the GigajamOnline Theory course.

You don't need to study this add-on course to excel in your selected instrument, but if you wish to know more about the underlying musical theory and develop your skills further then please do so.

Theory can often raise many questions so if you have any then at any time you can jump to the community and ask away.

Theory Lessons

GIGAJAM PREMIUM ONLY Lesson 1: How to read music

This lesson covers: notes on the musical stave, ledger lines, treble and bass clefs, the use of bars and time signatures, how to read; whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes and rests, ties and dots in developing rhythm.


GIGAJAM PREMIUM ONLY Lesson 2: How to build scales

This lesson covers: how scales are created using sequences of intervals, major and minor scales, including natural (relative), harmonic, melodic minor scales as well as pentatonic and blues scales.


GIGAJAM PREMIUM ONLY Lesson 3: How to build chords

This lesson covers: simple chords using triads, how to build major and minor chords using scales, the formation of diminished, augmented, 7th, minor and major 7th chords, Sus4 and Sus2 chords.


GIGAJAM PREMIUM ONLY Lesson 4: How to understand keys and key signatures

TThis lesson covers: musical keys, recognising all major and minor key signatures, the cycle of fifths and cycle of fourths, the concept of relative major and minor keys.