Voices in Time
N0rthernLightt: Which minor scale is commonly used in EDM [electronic dance music]
and modern music in general these days? Do
you guys think I’m okay if I learn the major and
natural minor scales inside and out and don’t
focus on the harmonic/melodic minor?
dr_steve_bruel: Why not learn both?
N0rthernLightt: Well, it would be four scales
then, and that could be confusing since I’ve
only been producing for three months. I’m
kinda getting the hang of it with the major and
natural minor scale, so I was just wondering if
it really would be necessary to get into the harmonic and melodic minor as much as the major
and natural minor.
dr_steve_bruel: Trust me, the more you study
music theory, the more you’ll realize most scales
are the same, just with a different starting point
or a sharpened note. I know it can be pretty
confusing, but if it weren’t, everyone would be
an amazing musician.
N0rthernLightt: I’ll try to keep learning every
day. Thanks for the input.
dr_steve_bruel: Yeah, I’m not trying to sound
like a dick or anything. I hear all the time on
this sub of people saying you don’t have to learn
theory, and that’s all fine if you want to make
bland music. Just put the effort in and you’ll
reap the benefits.
N0rthernLightt: I’m totally with you. I started
with the basics, and I’ve tried to get as much theory in me as I can almost every day for the last
month. I want to know everything about chords,
scales, etc. I would hate the fact of not being able
to write down what’s in my head (which I still
mostly can’t, but I’m getting there), so I think
that in order to write beautiful electronic music,
you need to know at least the basics and work
yourself up from there. I couldn’t believe how
much my production quality went up when I
started to use inversions/suspended chords/voice
leading in my projects (even at this early point).
MomoiroKaichou: The majority of dance records used to be written in A minor, D minor,
or E minor. I’m gonna go out on a limb and
say that still somewhat holds up. Whatever you
decide not to learn is ultimately limiting your
Louis Armstrong, 1935. Photograph by Anton Bruehl.