Music theory can truly get really difficult when it gets to the advanced stages. You might have come across some music theory jargon and wondered, "What type of scientific and mathematic madness is this? What does it even have to do with the creativity involved in good music?"
The good thing is that basic music theory is not that difficult at all. Yes, there are levels and there are genius nerds that will scare you because they discuss some intense complexities that some would argue is way too technical and takes away from the natural art of it all. You may get into the basics of music theory and find yourself so curious and entertained by the theory that you will want to slowly dive into the advanced courses. On the other hand, you might get the basics, get a better understanding of your craft, then be done with it!
Unlike singing lessons where you would benefit from immediate feedback on your unique voice and a trained ear, you will find it easier to learn music theory on your own if you start at the right point with the right material. If you go the route of self-teaching, it will be beneficial to find books as well as video or audio aid to help you see, read, and hear the things you need to learn.
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To learn the basics of music takes about 8 months to a year with consistency studying and practicing with ear training, writing music, scales, and chords. The key here is that beginner, you want to give your full focus to learning the theory of music. The concepts at the beginning are not necessarily hard, but they could seem like a challenge just because they are so foreign to you. Again, adding a visual and audio element to your learning will help you out a lot.
My first free and easy-to-follow resource for learning music was MusicTheory.net. I used it in combination with courses taught in high school and college. While it's a great resource, it is missing that personal touch of a speaker and singer that can help you learn and internalize the studying in a unique. But if you don't have a teacher, it's a great start.
Over the last few years on Youtube, there have been several very helpful teachers that have provided visual, audio, and written aid to mimic and in-school experience. And it's free! I recommend learning the basics, and Youtubers are covering all those basics for you! Also, check out the link above that has some really affordable music theory books for beginners that include audio and video guides as well.
Music theory basics are very much worth it if you are a singer or a songwriter. Learning more than the basics is very much worth it as well if you are an instrumentalist like a guitar player or a pianist. If you are a producer or a composer. learning advanced music theory will do you some good if it doesn't make your head explode. I would say that basic music theory is a must if you are a producer or a composer. The only music theory courses that are not worth it are simply the ones that aren't good. Luckily, there aren't many creators out here teaching terrible theory.
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