march, 2018

22mar7:00 PM8:00 PMThe Language of Music: Music Theory WorkshopDesign Lab7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 49 Main St


Event Details

Hey there! This is an hour long workshop focused on introductory music theory. Please email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

What is music theory? Why bother learning it? If you’ve got the time, I’ve got a cheesy little explanation:

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who speaks a language you don’t understand? It’s really hard to tell them what’s going on in your head. You can’t speak Norwegian, you just got to Norway! Maybe you can teach them how to cook a meal you mother always made you, but it takes forever because you just have to physically show them all the steps one by one, and you can’t relay what’s coming up next until you’ve completed the step you’re on. You can’t say “be careful not to burn your onions when you’re cooking on high heat”, you’ll need to point at dials and burn your onions to exemplify your deep onion knowledge. If only you could share some phrases in common, if only you could simply say it in the abstract, then maybe things would go more smoothly.

Well that’s often what happens between musicians when they’re playing together. Without having a language to talk in, teaching a song you wrote to someone else means having to physically show them the notes on your guitar or piano, if you’re playing a chord, you might have to show them each note one by one. This is where having a language in common will come in handy!

Instead of pointing at shapes and playing your idea to your fellow musician, you can just tell them what to play! “Hey Pete, play this here C-sharp major seven chord” “Ohhh ya sure, thanks Walt.” In this case, Walt just said a few words, and Pete instantly knew what he was talking about, they could be playing the same song in no time! And even over the phone or through text!


(Thursday) 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Design Lab

49 Main St


Common Folk[email protected]