In this post we take a look at, Building Blocks, a new way to learn music theory online, brought to you by Audible Genius, the same developers that gave us Syntorial.
What is Building Blocks?
With Building Blocks you'll learn how to create the 4 core elements you need to write and produce music:
- Drum Patterns
- Chord Progressions
In short, Building Blocks is a course that teaches you the basics of composition and music theory online. There's however more to it than that. Audible Genius describe Building Blocks as:
"Building Blocks is an online music theory and composition course tailored to the needs of DAW-based music makers. Starting from the very beginning, you'll embark on a video game-style interactive journey in our online DAW.
And along the way, you'll build real-life music-making skills with our intuitive step-by-step process until you're making your own original beats from scratch."
Have a quick look at the intro video below before you read further.
Why Use Building Blocks?
The main benefit you get by using Building Blocks, as opposed to other ways of learning music theory online, is that you'll learn music theory in the way that you'll most likely use it day-to-day in your DAW.
Look, there's nothing wrong with the traditional or classical music theory notation for learning music theory, especially if you're training to be a classical musician. If you, like me, are more interested in producing music then the traditional way of learning music theory makes less sense.
The problem is that you have to translate the staff and notation you've learned into the piano-roll environment found in, and most commonly used, in modern DAWs. Sure, some DAWs have traditional notation capabilities but very few producers use it, instead focusing exclusively on the piano roll for writing music.
This is where the modernised approach of learning music theory online, as implemented in Building Blocks, makes way more sense. The gamified design encourages you to continue with the course because your challenge-level gets upped at the right moments while you progress through the course.
Building Blocks also introduces an element of ear training which is often missing in more traditional ways of learning music theory.
Watch this walkthrough video below if you want to see the way the above features are implemented.
Where to Get Building Blocks
You can get Building Blocks on the Audible Genius site here.
Conclusion - A New Way to Learn Music Theory Online
If you've been looking for a way to learn music theory online then Building Blocks is an excellent way to do it.
All the experience and knowledge of interactive learning Audible Genius has picked up with the development of Syntorial has been put to great use in Building Blocks.
If you want to delve deeper you can learn more about their unique approach to learning music theory online in this post on the Audible Genius site.