A Gradient Approach To Music Theory


An area where people quite often run into trouble with their music theory is tackling a particular level too soon. This is also known as skipping a gradient.
A gradient is when you present a subject of study at its most simple stage and then proceed to gradually add complexities. When doing this, in actual study, one must be certain to have nailed a level before going on to the next.
People who have studied learning have actually said that virtually anyone can learn a subject if the above rule is followed. Often, in music study, students will pick up a music theory book where the author makes the assumption that the reader is already familiar with some of the terms that he is using. This leads to frustration, confusion and the student soon gives up hope of understanding the subject. They put the book away thinking that the subject of theory is just too difficult to grasp.
Here is a basic guide to a gradient approach to music theory;
1. Note types
2. Basic Rhythm and beat
3. Reading notes on Treble or Bass Clef
4. Intervals
5. Scales
6. Sharps, Flats, Whole Steps and Half Steps
7. Key Signatures
8. Chords
9. Chord Inversions
10.Primary Chords
11.Chord Qualities
12.Minor Scales
13.Other Scale Types.
A good teacher will make sure their teaching is on a gradient for each particular student and also make sure the student fully understands each level before proceeding to the next. The other thing is to make sure you clear up any music definitions that you don’t understand. There is a list of 
music definitions that cover the early levels. If you observe this rule of going by a gradient, your study of music theory will be easy and it will help you in your playing immensely.
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