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Level Up Your Game

With Private Lessons

Composing is a skill just like any other and can benefit from a bit of guidance. Working with an experienced teacher can help accelerate your learning curve so you can begin writing the type of music you want to, much sooner.

 

Each lesson is tailored specifically to your needs and goals. After every lesson, you will receive  a lesson plan with: 

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1. Detailed notes on everything we covered. 

2. A video recording of the lesson

3. Recommended homework assignments and exercises to  immediately apply what you've learned. 

To Apply: 

- Fill out the application form below. 

- Email tabletopcomposer@gmail.com with any additional questions you have. 

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Sheet Music

Common Topics

Harmony

How do I write an effective chord progression? How do I harmonize a melody? How do I keep my chords from getting boring?

Melody & Form

How do I come up with a good motif? How can I turn it into a full melody? How do I turn a simple idea into a full piece? What about counter melodies? 

Orchestration

How do I arrange my ideas for orchestra? What layers do I use? What instruments would work? How do I make it sound the way I want it to? 

Film Scoring

How do I write a character them? How do I portray emotions with my music? How do I tell a story with the themes that I write? 

Free Resources

I've uploaded 200+ videos on my YouTube Channel Tabletop Composer. You can find playlists on chord progressions, melody writing, orchestration, film scoring, and more!

Harmony for Composers (Part 9): Part Writing!
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Harmony for Composers (Part 9): Part Writing!

In this video, we'll be learning how to level up our typical approach to voice leading to create more interesting and nuanced voices in our harmony. ๐ŸŽฌ Harmony for Composers: Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 ๐Ÿ”— list of links and titles to all other videos in the relevant series. 1. Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 2. 7th Chords | https://youtu.be/DGcL9_tIjbk 3. Chord Extensions (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths) | https://youtu.be/DWX-FjpCgbA 4. Borrowed Chords and Modes | https://youtu.be/UiqIDkvndKg 5. Hybrid Chords | https://youtu.be/UwVeSGoiC6M 6. Tertiary Harmony | https://youtu.be/QJyt_QAZ7WE 7. Set Theory (Horror Film Harmony) | https://youtu.be/yj4xIUvYHVs 8. Writing Interesting Basslines | https://youtu.be/HJoS27NLv8o ________________________________________ ๐Ÿ† You can support this channel on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25190944&fan_landing=true โ˜• Or you can also show support by buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttcomposer ๐ŸŽฌ My book on film scoring: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽ Purchase the Slides/Scripts from my Videos: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽน For information on private lessons: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-online ๐ŸŽต My favorite online classes: https://www.masterthescore.com/?affcode=827102_putv_w4l ๐Ÿ“ฑ Website: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/ ๐Ÿ“ท Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopcomposer ๐Ÿ‘“ Blog: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/blog ___________________ Some links may be affiliate links which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Harmony for Composers (Part 3): Going beyond the Triad
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Harmony for Composers (Part 3): Going beyond the Triad

This video covers chord extensions (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths). We discuss what they are and how to use them! In the end, we look at how they impact our approach to Functional harmony and Voice Leading *MISTAKE IN VIDEO! at 05:48 a chart appears that shares the different HANs and Tensions available to the diatonic chords of a major scale. There are two mistakes in this chart and the corrections are below: 1. The iii chord has Tension 11, and HANs for 9 and 13 (same for the v chord in minor scale) 2. the vii dim chord has tension 11 and b13, but HANs for 9. (same for the ii dim chord in minor scale) ๐ŸŽฌ Harmony for Composers: Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 ๐Ÿ”— list of links and titles to all other videos in the relevant series. 1. Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 2. 7th Chords | https://youtu.be/DGcL9_tIjbk ________________________________________ ๐Ÿ† You can support this channel on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25190944&fan_landing=true โ˜• Or you can also show support by buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttcomposer ๐ŸŽฌ My book on film scoring: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽ Purchase the Slides/Scripts from my Videos: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽน For information on private lessons: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-online ๐ŸŽต My favorite online classes: https://www.masterthescore.com/?affcode=827102_putv_w4l ๐Ÿ“ฑ Website: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/ ๐Ÿ“ท Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopcomposer ๐Ÿ‘“ Blog: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/blog ___________________ Some links may be affiliate links which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Harmony for Composers (Part 8): Basslines and Chord Inversions
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Harmony for Composers (Part 8): Basslines and Chord Inversions

In this video, we tackle a strategy for writing more interesting basslines, as well as the purpose behind chord inversions in harmony! ๐ŸŽฌ Harmony for Composers: Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 ๐Ÿ”— list of links and titles to all other videos in the relevant series. 1. Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 2. 7th Chords | https://youtu.be/DGcL9_tIjbk 3. Chord Extensions (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths) | https://youtu.be/DWX-FjpCgbA 4. Borrowed Chords and Modes | https://youtu.be/UiqIDkvndKg 5. Hybrid Chords | https://youtu.be/UwVeSGoiC6M 6. Tertiary Harmony | https://youtu.be/QJyt_QAZ7WE 7. Set Theory (Horror Film Harmony) | https://youtu.be/yj4xIUvYHVs ________________________________________ ๐Ÿ† You can support this channel on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25190944&fan_landing=true โ˜• Or you can also show support by buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttcomposer ๐ŸŽฌ My book on film scoring: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽ Purchase the Slides/Scripts from my Videos: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽน For information on private lessons: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-online ๐ŸŽต My favorite online classes: https://www.masterthescore.com/?affcode=827102_putv_w4l ๐Ÿ“ฑ Website: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/ ๐Ÿ“ท Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopcomposer ๐Ÿ‘“ Blog: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/blog ___________________ Some links may be affiliate links which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Harmony for Composers (Part 10): Harmonizing Melodies
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Harmony for Composers (Part 10): Harmonizing Melodies

In this final video of the series, we'll wrap everything up by figuring out how to find the right chords to pair with a melody. ๐ŸŽฌ Harmony for Composers: Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 ๐Ÿ”— list of links and titles to all other videos in the relevant series. 1. Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 2. 7th Chords | https://youtu.be/DGcL9_tIjbk 3. Chord Extensions (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths) | https://youtu.be/DWX-FjpCgbA 4. Borrowed Chords and Modes | https://youtu.be/UiqIDkvndKg 5. Hybrid Chords | https://youtu.be/UwVeSGoiC6M 6. Tertiary Harmony | https://youtu.be/QJyt_QAZ7WE 7. Set Theory (Horror Film Harmony) | https://youtu.be/yj4xIUvYHVs 8. Writing Interesting Basslines | https://youtu.be/HJoS27NLv8o 9. Part Writing | https://youtu.be/m6qUhifYVMI ________________________________________ ๐Ÿ† You can support this channel on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25190944&fan_landing=true โ˜• Or you can also show support by buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttcomposer ๐ŸŽฌ My book on film scoring: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽ Purchase the Slides/Scripts from my Videos: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽน For information on private lessons: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-online ๐ŸŽต My favorite online classes: https://www.masterthescore.com/?affcode=827102_putv_w4l ๐Ÿ“ฑ Website: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/ ๐Ÿ“ท Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopcomposer ๐Ÿ‘“ Blog: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/blog ___________________ Some links may be affiliate links which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Harmony for Composers (Part 6): Tertiary Harmony
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Harmony for Composers (Part 6): Tertiary Harmony

In this video we cover we cover our first type of non-functional harmony. We learn what Tertiary harmony is, why it's so popular in film music, and (most importantly) how to use it! ๐ŸŽฌ Harmony for Composers: Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 ๐Ÿ”— list of links and titles to all other videos in the relevant series. 1. Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 2. 7th Chords | https://youtu.be/DGcL9_tIjbk 3. Chord Extensions (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths) | https://youtu.be/DWX-FjpCgbA 4. Borrowed Chords and Modes | https://youtu.be/UiqIDkvndKg 5. Hybrid Chords | https://youtu.be/UwVeSGoiC6M ________________________________________ ๐Ÿ† You can support this channel on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25190944&fan_landing=true โ˜• Or you can also show support by buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttcomposer ๐ŸŽฌ My book on film scoring: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽ Purchase the Slides/Scripts from my Videos: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽน For information on private lessons: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-online ๐ŸŽต My favorite online classes: https://www.masterthescore.com/?affcode=827102_putv_w4l ๐Ÿ“ฑ Website: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/ ๐Ÿ“ท Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopcomposer ๐Ÿ‘“ Blog: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/blog ___________________ Some links may be affiliate links which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Harmony for Composers (Part 7): Set Theory
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Harmony for Composers (Part 7): Set Theory

In this video, we tackle another type of non-functional harmony; Set Theory. We learn what it is, how to understand it, and of course how to use it in your own music to create creepy/scary chords for your next project! ๐ŸŽฌ Harmony for Composers: Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 ๐Ÿ”— list of links and titles to all other videos in the relevant series. 1. Functional Harmony and Voice Leading | https://youtu.be/OWo-9tCZj04 2. 7th Chords | https://youtu.be/DGcL9_tIjbk 3. Chord Extensions (9ths, 11ths, and 13ths) | https://youtu.be/DWX-FjpCgbA 4. Borrowed Chords and Modes | https://youtu.be/UiqIDkvndKg 5. Hybrid Chords | https://youtu.be/UwVeSGoiC6M 6. Tertiary Harmony | https://youtu.be/QJyt_QAZ7WE ________________________________________ ๐Ÿ† You can support this channel on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25190944&fan_landing=true โ˜• Or you can also show support by buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttcomposer ๐ŸŽฌ My book on film scoring: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽ Purchase the Slides/Scripts from my Videos: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-shop ๐ŸŽน For information on private lessons: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/book-online ๐ŸŽต My favorite online classes: https://www.masterthescore.com/?affcode=827102_putv_w4l ๐Ÿ“ฑ Website: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/ ๐Ÿ“ท Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopcomposer ๐Ÿ‘“ Blog: https://www.tabletopcomposer.com/blog ___________________ Some links may be affiliate links which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

FAQ

1. What kind of students do you accept? 

I've worked with students of all different experience levels and backgrounds. However the best type of student is the one with a clear goal in mind. For example a student that wants to learn how to make their arrangements sound clearer will get much more out of lessons than a student who just wants generic feedback on their music. The more clear you can be about what you want to learn, the more specific we can get with the lessons. 

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2. Do I have to know how to read music? 

Not at all! There are no software requirements for lessons and I have experience teaching with both traditional notation and MIDI notation. As long as you have a way to share your work and a reliable process to write new music, there should be no issue. 

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3. How often are lessons? 

As often as you'd like. I've worked with students that meet anywhere from once ever three months to multiple times a week. It all depends on your goals and how frequently you want to meet. 

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4. What are your rates? 

If accepted, my rates are $90 for a one hour lesson, or $250 for three one hour lessons. 

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