Are there any music theory functions available in Ableton Live 8?

Hi,

is there a way to choose chords, scales, modes or something from a list which i can drop directly into the piano roll? Maybe there are any other functions which assists me while im learning music theory?

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Evengy 2 years ago | 2 comments

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  • Evengy
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    I found some Presets in the forum for the Scale & Chords Plugin: http://www.thecovertoperators.org/Live-Packs/chords-and-scales-for-live-8

    I will try at home ;-)

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • bleedingalive
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    You can do the following if you want learn music theory...

    At 8notes (http://www.8notes.com/piano_chord_chart/) you will find a chart of every chord, also a list of scales is available (http://www.8notes.com/resources/notefinders/piano_chords.asp).

    Use chord chart to make a midi track for each chord (use just C chords), and name each track appropriately. When you want to make some chord progression, just drop midi track with the chord in Ableton, then select all notes of the chord and transpose it (by using up and down arrows on your keyboard) to whatever root note you want.

    As for the scales, you can do the following:

    Create separate midi track for each scale, and just draw notes of the scale in midi track on the first measure. Then set loop points of the clip in a such way that it won't include those notes. After that just click "Fold" button on top of piano roll. That will allow you to see only notes available in the chosen scale and key. Now whichever note you draw, you will always stay in key. Also you will be able to easily create proper chords. Just enter the first note, then skip the one right above it, enter another note, skip another one, and enter one more note. This will give you basic triad chord. The type of chord will be dependent on the scale you used.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • Evengy
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    Hey guys! Try my Music Theory Template which you can find here: http://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=164553&p=1294911#p1294911 or downloading here: http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/49300586/file.html

    It isn´t completely finished but you can do a lot with it anyway ;)

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • keefbaker
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    The Scale MIDI plugin may help to a certain extent but other than that not really to my knowledge.

    Also, as mentioned, Schwarzonator II in Max for Live.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • cygnal
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    The key is the combination of some of the built-in MIDI Effects.

    Speaking of which, it would've been nice to have incorporated a general purpose MIDI transformer (f.ex. Logic's "Transform" window)

    You could combine "Random" and "Scale" for example, to get a random diatonic melody, in which you could put "weight" on some of the scale degrees by re-mapping several other chromatic tones to them.

    "Chord" on its own is self explanatory - automatically build chords out of single notes. You could combine this with "Scale" as well...

    MIDI itself is a theoretical tool.

    You could also consider the "groove" function a music theory function...

     

     

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • pablorotter
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    Live makes it very easy to cheat and not learn any theory or harmony.  Use it as your guide.  With a minor scale, a very simple pattern of a few close notes with  some tension and release is all you need to learn how to play melodies. 

    The theory of chords and harmony are much harder.  But if you write a melody and bass line with notes from the same scale you've made a good start. 

    Piano music is veyr hard to read I recommend practicing with some trombone musidc (one line only, plyed on piano) . 

    Try to use lives plug ins as a guide to your ears.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • Evengy
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    Thank you Guys,

    i dont need Max4Live atm. Im planning to Upgrade to Live Suite first ;) I will try the Scale MIDI Plugin or build my own template where i can do experiments with.

    Best wishes

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • pablorotter
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    PLUS 1

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • pablorotter
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    +1

    learn theory.  If you don't know theory and form you can no way be putting out good music.  There are no cheats. 

    If you want to compose or product learn.

    If you don't want to learn DJ. 

    1 year ago | 1 comment

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