#1
I'm currently making a notebook for myself about music theory, guitar tips/licks and composing tips. For example, what tricks I could use to create licks or stuff, what theory I should study, etc. I know it's kind of stupid to try and compose music using this kind of information, but I do it to study music mostly.

I don't plan on putting anything I already know perfectly such as basic theory (scales, modes, etc). What I have in mind to put in there right now is : modulation tips, trying to find some chords that aren't in a key that might sound good and write them down.

For example, I often use a bVII in a major scale (with the I being root), it sounds good since it sounds and not so outside 'cause it could be seen as mixolydian.

And uh, I don't really know what else to put for the moment. What do you guys think about it/ what should I add?
#2
Polytonality.

This is the topic I've been tackling lately, and I must say it's quite fantastic. Polytonality (as the name suggests) describes music with multiple tonics or tonal centres. Here's a nice little progression I came up with recently that should help you to understand what polytonality sounds like.

G#maj7 Bmaj7 F#maj7 Ebsus2
#3
my notebook consists of me writing out every major scale in every key and building chord off that


it filled like, 90 pages (of course i did it over and over and over again) and boy did it stick! (no kidding)
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#4
A notebook? I'm going to go buy a notebook today for my song ideas, etc.

Thanks.
"He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast."

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#5
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I'm currently making a notebook for myself about music theory, guitar tips/licks and composing tips. For example, what tricks I could use to create licks or stuff, what theory I should study, etc. I know it's kind of stupid to try and compose music using this kind of information, but I do it to study music mostly.

I don't plan on putting anything I already know perfectly such as basic theory (scales, modes, etc). What I have in mind to put in there right now is : modulation tips, trying to find some chords that aren't in a key that might sound good and write them down.

For example, I often use a bVII in a major scale (with the I being root), it sounds good since it sounds and not so outside 'cause it could be seen as mixolydian.

And uh, I don't really know what else to put for the moment. What do you guys think about it/ what should I add?


That bVII has only a little bit to do with the mixolydian feel, it's just a borrowed chord from the parallel minor. A few handy things you might consider writing down are using borrowed chords from the parallel minor, Neopolitan chord, secondary dominants, a technique where you don't play any of the notes that could make a piece major or minor (not sure what this is called, but Chopin used it in Fantaisie Impromptu in C# near the end) and voiceleading.