Music Theory 301
Jordan Rudess: Harmony Explored
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When Dream Theater’s keyboard wizard teaches a course about rock & pop harmony, it’s time to pay attention. Dive into this exclusive, example-filled course by musician extraordinaire, Jordan Rudess!
Jordan Rudess is the Keyboardist for Dream Theatre ... and also an excellent educator!
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Overview
Status: Available | Released: Dec 9th, 2014
This course, shot on location in Jordan Rudess’ private studio, takes you deep into the world of modern harmonic progressions. Jordan explains the theory while demonstrating the construction of various kinds of chords and their relationship to baselines, melodies and motifs as he leads you through the fundamental architecture of cutting edge pop/rock harmonies.

Jordan is a brilliant teacher and he generously shares his vast knowledge gleaned from years of performing and collaboration with the best musicians on the planet. Whether you play keyboards, guitar, bass or compose songs or dance music, you will find that the musical ideas demonstrated in this harmony course will inspire you to break out of your comfort zone and experiment with a new kind of harmonic language.

Shot in multi-cam, with lots of closeups of Jordan’s hands and with onscreen, notated, musical exercises, this course is designed for every musician from beginner to advanced. The exercises are also available as a downloadable PDF resource file directly from the link at the top of this page. So sit back, explore and enjoy learning the harmonic universe of interplanetary rock wizard Jordan Rudess!

(Cover photo of Jordan courtesy of Kayla Rudess)
Outline
Section 1: Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Section 2: 4ths & 5ths
Section 3: Section 3: Major & Minor Chords
Section 4: Section 4: Motifs
Section 5: Section 5: Pedal Tones & Chords
Section 6: Section 6: 4th Chords
Section 7: Section 7: Chords & Altered Bass
Section 8: Section 8: Advanced Harmony
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