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You may have heard that you need to understand a lot of music theory in order to improvise. But what if it's the other way around?

That might sound confusing at first, but I believe that getting clear about this could potentially save you YEARS of frustration and wasted time.

music student surfing past sheet music

Learning to think relative to the key of the music is the most important thing you can do to accelerate your music learning. This article explains four immediate benefits to your music practice from adopting the tonal point of view.


where to place a secondary dominant chord

Secondary dominants appear constantly in the music all around us. They have a function in harmony that is very beautiful to contemplate. In this article I’ll explain what secondary dominants are and what effect they have on our ear. You’ll see that this concept is much easier to understand than it appears to be.

tonal drawing of mode 6

modal drawing of mode 6

When you're studying the notes of a chord, should you be thinking relative to the key (e.g. "note 1 in the 6 chord")? Or should you be thinking relative to the chord (e.g. "the flatted 3rd of the 6 chord")?