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Ethan Hein
Ethan Hein

Ethan Hein is a Doctoral Fellow in Music Education at New York University. He teaches music technology, production and education at NYU and Montclair State University. With the NYU Music Experience Design Lab, Ethan has taken a leadership role in the creation of new technologies for learning and expression, most notably the Groove Pizza. He is the instructor of the free Soundfly course series called Theory for Producers. He maintains a widely-followed and influential blog, and has written for various publications, including Slate, Quartz, and NewMusicBox.

How to Make Chords from Scales

Learning to read or write music? Here’s a quick guide to making chords within the various scales and modes you might encounter in music theory.

How Do Key Signatures Work?

Learning to read or write music? Here’s a quick-yet-deep primer on how key signatures work across major, minor, modal, blues and other tonalities.

The Amen Break of Snobbery

Which obscure piece from the classical music canon has become so engrained and intertwined with cinematic snobbery that we’d all recognize it within seconds?

Syncopation in Chopin

What happens when you remix a Chopin piano étude with the Amen Break? A ton of interesting glitched out syncopations! Let’s explore…

Why Can’t You Tune Your Guitar?

15 minutes of math and learning about frequency divisions can help you understand for good why your guitar may never fundamentally be in tune.