Understanding Just A Girl

From 12tone. No Doubt’s seen a bit of a revival recently, so it seems like a perfect time to revisit one of the most interesting bands of the ’90s, and what better song to look at than their breakout single? Just A Girl wraps a powerful feminist message in sarcasm and irony, taking a stand…

How Do Rappers Use Pitch?

From 12tone. In more ways than you probably think. Try CuriosityStream free and get Nebula included: http://www.curiositystream.com/12tone and use promo code "12tone" When you think about what makes a good rapper, some of the first things to come to mind are probably intricate rhythms, clever lyrics, and a powerful message, but… pitch? Rappers don’t use…

Beethoven Sucks At Music

From 12tone. There are no Great Composers. The first 1000 people who click the link will get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium: https://skl.sh/12tone0820 For centuries, we’ve been told that some composers are just special. Their work is divinely inspired, and their gift for music is unrivaled. Together, these composers comprise the Western Canon of…

Understanding Uptown Girl

From 12tone. There’s been a lot of words written about "simple" pop, and Billy Joel has long been a posterboy for that debate, but honestly, it takes a lot of skill to make good music that still sounds good, and Joel is a perfect example of that. While the end result is clean and easy…

Understanding Superstition

From 12tone. Groove is one of the most underrated aspects of modern music, at least from a music theory perspective. The way a good funk groove layers lots of different rhythms with different lengths and different layers of complexity in order to form one towering, cohesive whole is amazing, and few artists understood how to…

My Brand-New Take On Four-Chord Loops

From 12tone. Revolutionizing music theory one video at a time! The first 1000 people who click the link will get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium: https://skl.sh/12tone26 So… here’s the thing. I’m not entirely sure, but I *may* have come up with a completely new model for understanding four-chord loops. I’m always hesitant to say…

Hip Hop’s Greatest Invention

From 12tone. Or why hip-hop lyrics are a million times more complicated than any other style. Support the National Bail Fund Network: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bailfundscovid BLM resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Music Theory’s White Racial Frame: https://musictheoryswhiteracialframe.wordpress.com/ Hip-hop is arguably the most important musical invention of the last 50 years, but it’s still pretty deeply misunderstood. It uses new, innovative…

Understanding Chop Suey!

From 12tone. I cry when angels deserve to die. Support the National Bail Fund Network: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bailfundscovid BLM resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Music Theory’s White Racial Frame: https://musictheoryswhiteracialframe.wordpress.com/ System of a Down is great, right? They’re one of those bands that feels simultaneously timeless and emblematic of their era: Their music speaks to the early-2000s metalhead in me,…

Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Music?

From 12tone. AI is making music now. Should we be scared? So… have you heard of JukeBox? It’s a new AI that not only writes songs in the style of various artists, but performs them too. It’s the closest computers have ever come to replacing the role of a real musician. Should we be scared?…

Understanding Call Me

From 12tone. The 80s were a wild time for music, with new technologies bringing new, experimental approaches of music to the forefront, and one of the most enduring bands of that New Wave movement was the legendary Blondie. They pushed the envelope in lots of different ways, challenging the very idea of what a pop…

Understanding Behind Blue Eyes

From 12tone. Is this really the first 12tone video about The Who? Geez, I really should’ve got on that sooner. Anyway, The Who were one of the most influential bands in the 70s rock scene, bringing a level of virtuosity to their playing that few of their peers could match. They’ve had lots of hits,…