Understanding Iron Man

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Black Sabbath were among the first pioneers of heavy metal, and their work has had a profound influence on generations of metal artists. Choices they made on their early albums have had ripple effects through the decades, helping shape the genre into what it is today, so in…

How To Listen To Music Like A Pro

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) The most important skill for any music-listener. The first 1000 people to use the link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership: https://skl.sh/12tone11201 Being a good musician requires lots of different skills, but probably the most important is being able to listen to music well. This…

Understanding Psycho Killer

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Surrealism has been on my mind a lot lately, and that got me thinking about Talking Heads. They’re one of those bands that was always doing something weird just to see if they could, and few songs capture that ethos as well as Psycho Killer. From the driving…

Understanding Uptown Funk

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Uptown Funk was an instant classic, one of those songs that’s not just a huge hit on release, but that you know is gonna stick around. It has this timeless sense of fun to it, a carefree work of art that celebrates life, joy, and music, and 6…

Understanding Just A Girl

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) 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…

Beethoven Sucks At Music

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) 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…

Understanding Uptown Girl

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) 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…

Understanding Superstition

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) 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…