Victor Wooten: Music Theory is SIMPLE!

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Align:start but theory doesn’t have to be difficult but theory doesn’t have to be difficult but theory doesn’t have to be difficult let me show you let me show you let me show you hey how many people practice in all keys hey how many people practice in all keys hey how many people practice in all keys raise your hand high be proud keep your raise your hand high be proud keep your raise your hand high be proud keep your hand up hand up hand up how many key oh no

I’m not I can’t ask how many key oh no I’m not I can’t ask how many key oh no I’m not I can’t ask Lucas that’s Bob son all right okay Lucas that’s Bob son all right okay Lucas that’s Bob son all right okay how many keys are there I say it 12 good how many keys are there I say it 12 good how many keys are there I say it 12 good answer but wrong how many how many keys answer but wrong how many how many keys answer but wrong how many how many keys you were about to say 12 right that was you were about to say 12 right that was you were about to say 12 right that was my answer who’s going to keep your hand my answer who’s going to keep your hand my answer who’s going to keep your hand up

if you have our answer different from up if you have our answer different from up if you have our answer different from 12 what’s the answer 24 is logical more 12 what’s the answer 24 is logical more 12 what’s the answer 24 is logical more logical than 12 because there’s majors logical than 12 because there’s majors logical than 12 because there’s majors and minors so we would double it makes and minors so we would double it makes and minors so we would double it makes sense right still wrong okay don’t guess sense right still wrong okay don’t guess sense right still wrong okay don’t guess tell me if you know one what one is not tell me if you know one what one is not tell me if you know one what one is not a good answer but now we’re trying to be a good answer but now we’re trying to be a good answer but now we’re trying to be clever

what’s the answer clever what’s the answer clever what’s the answer 30 is the answer eight years ago we’re 30 is the answer eight years ago we’re 30 is the answer eight years ago we’re having our very first Theory camp we having our very first Theory camp we having our very first Theory camp we 2010 Nashville got hit with a huge flood 2010 Nashville got hit with a huge flood 2010 Nashville got hit with a huge flood it was like the flood of a lifetime I it was like the flood of a lifetime I it was like the flood of a lifetime I had to take all the students to my house had to take all the students to my house had to take all the students to my house basically we ended up having theory with basically we ended up having theory with basically we ended up having theory with Bob and Anthony at my house right Bob and Anthony at my house right Bob and Anthony at my house right candle light electricity went out but candle light electricity went out but candle light electricity went out but Anthony Wellington asked the students Anthony Wellington asked the students Anthony Wellington asked the students how many people practice in all keys now how many people practice in all keys now how many people practice in all keys now

 

I’m the teacher my name’s on the camp so I’m the teacher my name’s on the camp so I’m the teacher my name’s on the camp so I’m sitting in the back I’m cool I don’t I’m sitting in the back I’m cool I don’t I’m sitting in the back I’m cool I don’t raise my hand of course I practice in raise my hand of course I practice in raise my hand of course I practice in all keys all keys all keys I’m Victor Wooten right so people raised I’m Victor Wooten right so people raised I’m Victor Wooten right so people raised their hand but I’m cool I don’t and he their hand but I’m cool I don’t and he their hand but I’m cool I don’t and he says well how many keys are there in my says well how many keys are there in my says well how many keys are there in my head I say 12 dummy you know why are you head I say 12 dummy you know why are you head I say 12 dummy you know why are you asking stupid he says how do you say you asking stupid he says how do you say you asking stupid he says how do you say you practice in all keys if you miss an 18 practice in all keys if you miss an 18 practice in all keys if you miss an 18 of them only 18 of them only 18 of them only 18 and he said well you got to think and he said well you got to think and he said well you got to think there’s major keys and there’s minor there’s major keys and there’s minor there’s major keys and there’s minor keys and I went all 24 he’s like oh yeah keys and I went all 24 he’s like oh yeah keys and I went all 24 he’s like oh yeah but I was doing all this in my head but I was doing all this in my head but I was doing all this in my head other people were doing it out loud and other people were doing it out loud and other people were doing it out loud and I was so glad I kept quiet because I was so glad I kept quiet because I was so glad I kept quiet because people didn’t know I didn’t know either

people didn’t know I didn’t know either people didn’t know I didn’t know either every major key has a relative minor every major key has a relative minor every major key has a relative minor right most of us don’t realize that we only most of us don’t realize that we only most of us don’t realize that we only have major and minor keys is it have major and minor keys is it have major and minor keys is it Dorian is not a key it’s a mode sure Dorian is not a key it’s a mode sure Dorian is not a key it’s a mode sure right harmonic minor is a scale not a right harmonic minor is a scale not a right harmonic minor is a scale not a key keys are only major or minor that key keys are only major or minor that key keys are only major or minor that simplifies it already let’s figure out simplifies it already let’s figure out simplifies it already let’s figure out how many major keys are there are and how many major keys are there are and how many major keys are there are and then we’ll just double the answer for then we’ll just double the answer for then we’ll just double the answer for the total which we already know how many the total which we already know how many the total which we already know how many major keys have no sharps or no flats major keys have no sharps or no flats major

keys have no sharps or no flats how many one somebody keep track there’s how many one somebody keep track there’s how many one somebody keep track there’s one we can have a key with one sharp a one we can have a key with one sharp a one we can have a key with one sharp a major key we’re talking about we can major key we’re talking about we can major key we’re talking about we can have a major key with one sharp we can have a major key with one sharp we can have a major key with one sharp we can have a major key with two sharps up to have a major key with two sharps up to have a major key with two sharps up to how many sharps seven so there’s seven how many sharps seven so there’s seven how many sharps seven so there’s seven major keys one that’s neither what are major keys one that’s neither what are major keys one that’s neither what are we up to so far eight let’s keep going we up to so far eight let’s keep going we up to so far eight let’s keep going we can have a major key with one flat we we can have a major key with one flat we we can have a major key with one flat we can have a major key with two flats up can have a major key with two flats up can have a major key with two flats up to how many flats seven so we have seven to how many flats seven so we have seven to how many flats seven so we have seven flat keys sharp keys one that’s flat keys sharp keys one that’s flat keys sharp keys one that’s neither for a total of how many major neither for a total of how many major neither for a total of how many major keys fifteen that’s not rocket science keys fifteen that’s not rocket science keys fifteen that’s not rocket science that’s second grade knowledge should be that’s second grade knowledge should be that’s second grade knowledge should be double it for a total of thirty keys my double it for a total of thirty keys my double it for a total of thirty keys my man is right right you could have man is right right you could have man is right right you could have figured that out on your own this is figured that out on your own this is figured that out on your own

 

this is what my friend Anthony Wellington showed what my friend Anthony Wellington showed what my friend Anthony Wellington showed me at my own camp that’s why I heard him me at my own camp that’s why I heard him me at my own camp that’s why I heard him so I can take their classes that’s why so I can take their classes that’s why so I can take their classes that’s why you kept the camp going so you can keep you kept the camp going so you can keep you kept the camp going so you can keep learning about you know what learning about you know what learning about you know what absolutely right I was taking a bunch of absolutely right I was taking a bunch of absolutely right I was taking a bunch of nature classes and because of touring I nature classes and because of touring I nature classes and because of touring I would sign up for nature class I love would sign up for nature class I love would sign up for nature class I love the outdoors I’d pay my deposit and then the outdoors I’d pay my deposit and then the outdoors I’d pay my deposit and then a tour would come up and I lose my a tour would come up and I lose my a tour would come up and I lose my deposit and have to miss the camp so I deposit and have to miss the camp so I deposit and have to miss the camp so I decided in late 90s I’m gonna make my decided in late 90s I’m gonna make my decided in late 90s I’m gonna make my own camp I’m gonna bring the world’s own camp I’m gonna bring the world’s own camp I’m gonna bring the world’s best instructors and I’m not gonna miss best instructors and I’m not gonna miss best instructors and I’m not gonna miss it this time I’m not going to lose my it this time I’m not going to lose my it this time I’m not going to lose my deposit and I’m gonna take their classes deposit and I’m gonna take their classes deposit and

 

I’m gonna take their classes and that’s how I’ve gotten better at and that’s how I’ve gotten better at and that’s how I’ve gotten better at theory and I found out that theory is theory and I found out that theory is theory and I found out that theory is easy it’s not hard one more can I please easy it’s not hard one more can I please easy it’s not hard one more can I please two more how many sharps are in a major three how many flats are in a flat major okay what does that add up to seven okay what does that add up to seven okay what does that add up to seven seven second grade okay a major three seven second grade okay a major three seven second grade okay a major three sharps a flat major four flats only ad sharps a flat major four flats only ad sharps a flat major four flats only ad don’t do anymore Theory only ad if G don’t do anymore Theory only ad if G don’t do anymore Theory only ad if G major has one sharp how many flats does major has one sharp how many flats does major has one sharp how many flats does G flat major have six it adds up to G flat major have six it adds up to G flat major have six it adds up to seven are the light bulbs going off seven are the light bulbs going off seven are the light bulbs going off right right right remember what Einstein said if you can’t remember what Einstein said if you can’t remember what Einstein said if you can’t explain it simply all right it’s that explain it simply all right it’s that explain it simply

all right it’s that easy how many flats are in E flat major three so that means how many sharps are three so that means how many sharps are three so that means how many sharps are in E major in E major in E major bingo you don’t even have to do work bingo you don’t even have to do work bingo you don’t even have to do work anymore you got it after all these years anymore you got it after all these years anymore you got it after all these years exactly after after semesters it’s easy exactly after after semesters it’s easy exactly after after semesters it’s easy right okay if G if G major has one sharp right okay if G if G major has one sharp right okay if G if G major has one sharp we already now know that G flat major we already now know that G flat major we already now know that G flat major has six flats that means G flat major has six flats that means G flat major has six flats that means G flat major only has one natural note guess what it only has one natural note guess what it only has one natural note guess what it is is is it’s that F that was sharp in the other it’s that F that was sharp in the other it’s that F that was sharp in the other key right so if a major has three sharps key right so if a major has three sharps key right so if a major has three sharps and they’re FC and G guess what the and they’re FC and G guess what the and they’re FC and G guess what the three natural notes are an A flat major three natural notes are an A flat major three natural notes are an A flat major F CNG it’s that hard could you have not F CNG it’s that hard could you have not F CNG it’s that hard could you have not learned this in the second grade you learned this in the second grade you learned this in the second grade you could have for sure right so we have could have for sure right so we have could have for sure right so we have taken all of music theory and dumbed it taken all of music theory and dumbed it taken all of music theory and dumbed it down really smart and it up down really smart and it up down really smart and it up smarten it up to that simple

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