Enter the exciting, nuanced world of the seven musical modes with our guide to understanding, building, and using these expressive scales.
Different genres (styles) of music use distinctive techniques to create their recognisable sound. What makes rock different from pop? Ska different from reggae? Renaissance different from Romantic? Train your ears to recognise the characteristic sounds of genres so that you can identify them and even write, improvise and play music in these styles yourself.
Free articles about Genres
Explore common chord progressions, what makes them so powerful, and how they’re used in popular music to make a song stick.
We interview Keenan McKenzie to learn about the creative process behind his traditional yet fresh take on swing music and his advice for aspiring musicians.
We interview our own Andrew Bishko on his varied and fascinating career – which spans decades spent exploring, performing, creating, and teaching music.
Arranging is not a complicated and advanced process reserved for the pros – learn how to create your own unique arrangements for songs you love!
When it comes to romantic music, jazz is king. Check out some top songsters’ heartstoppingly beautiful renditions of timeless jazz classics!
Musical U interviews Diane Mozzone on her incredible decades-long music career, what she’s learned along the way, and how she continues to evolve musically.
Feeling Christmas-y but looking to freshen up the old playlist? Try these beautifully, festive, wintery tunes that shine with the holiday vibe.
A song doesn’t have to mention the holiday clichés to put you in a festive mood. Check out these 15 non-Christmas Christmas-y tunes!
The blues are full of soul and sorrow, but that doesn’t stop people from loving them. Learn more about this genre’s cultural roots and its evolution.
With its unique instrumentation and high energy, ska has thrived for decades and reached audiences all over the world. Learn more about this upbeat style!
With tweaks in instrumentals and arrangements, Mexican indie band Canvas breathes new life into Latin pop star Juan Gabriel’s iconic “Yo No Nací Para Amar”.