Easy Way to Learn Music Theory and How to Apply Theory to Rock and Metal Music

Metal Music Theory

Online Music Theory Course By University Professor, Pro Audio Engineer, & Metal Mastermind Co-Founder: Ken Candelas


  • Advanced theory & integration ($47 value, FREE)



***Lifetime access - No subscription fees!

Over 50 Video Theory Lessons

Music Notation & Tracks

Music Theory Book

Unlimited access

Metal Music Theory online course preview

Easy Way to Learn Music Theory and How to Apply Theory to Rock and Metal Music

  • You're going to learn how to build chord progressions to create your own original rock and metal music (with chord maps to guide you!)
  • You'll be able to work with top musicians because you'll know the language of music (if you've ever wanted to be a session musician, knowing music theory is a must!)
  • You're going to  greatly expand the endless musical possibilities from the unique scales, chords, rhythms, and progressions used in rock and metal music
  • You'll learn how to use time signatures and tempos, and how you can use those to write and play tighter rhythms and identify your sub-genre
  • You'll get the complete music notationaudio tracks and an entire music theory reference guide to download
  • You'll also get an advanced module that will show you things like exotic chords, harmonies, melodies, modes, instrumentation, and there's even a section of downtuning

Personal Note From Your Instructor: Ken Candelas

Many metal musicians shy away from learning music theory because they get overwhelmed with the process.

Metal is actually one of the best genres to benefit from knowing music theory. Just listen to musicians like Yngwie Malmsteen, Dream Theater, and Nightwish (to name a few!)

That's exactly why I created Metal Music Theory for you. It gives you a clear and simple direction explanation of the concepts and more importantly, how to apply them.

So jump in and I'll see you on the other side!

- Ken Candelas

Professor, pro audio engineer, and founder of symphonic cinematic metal band Homerik

Ken Candelas, University Professor, Pro Audio Engineer, co-founder of Metal Mastermind, and founder of Homerik

Here's What You Get:

Metal Music Theory - what you get
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50 Video Theory Lessons

You'll start with the fundamentals of music theory. From there, you'll experience a natural and gradual progression by learning and applying theory to rock and metal music.
This course is designed to help you learn faster and more efficiently. 

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Downloadable Music and Guides

You'll get the complete music notation along with tracks that you can use as references as you're learning.
Oh, and you'll also get a complete music theory book - this alone is worth more than the price of this entire course!

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Access Anytime

You can access your course at anytime so that you can go at your own pace.
You can also go back through the lessons or the entire course as many times as you want.
Metal Music Theory is also a one-time cost, no monthly subscriptions!

Metal Music Theory Course Outline

Metal Music Theory - Module intro
Introduction & Preparation Module
  • Course flow and what to expect
  • Mindset preparation
  • Music theory booklet and resources
  • Associating MIDI with musical notation
Metal Music Theory - Module 1
Module 1: Fundamentals of Music Theory
  • Tunings & Tablature
  • Tempo
  • Measures & Time Signatures
  • Simple & Compound Meters
  • Odd Meters
Metal Music Theory - Module 2
Module 2: Rhythm & Meter
  • Tempo
  • Measures & Time Signatures
  • Simple & Compound Meters
  • Odd Meters
Metal Music Theory - Module 3
Module 3: Scales & Key Signatures
  • The Major Scale
  • Scale Degrees & Solfège
  • Minor Scales
  • Natural Modes
  • Key Signatures
  • Guitar Examples
Metal Music Theory - Module 4
Module 4: Intervals & Chords
  • Generic Intervals
  • Specific Intervals
  • Interval Inversions
  • Triad Chords
  • Triad Inversions
  • Seventh Chords
  • Seventh Inversions
  • Diatonic Triads
  • Diatonic Sevenths
  • Voicing Leading
  • Guitar Examples
Metal Music Theory - Module 5
Module 5: Analysis & Progressions
  • Roman Numerals & Figure Bass
  • Non-Harmonic Tones
  • Phrases & Cadences
  • The Circle of Fifths & Circle Progressions
  • Chord Progressions Map
  • Using Inversions in Progressions
  • Analysis & Transcriptions
  • Guitar Examples

What Students are Saying about Metal Music Theory

Metal Music Theory Review - Seth Gibson

This is a legitimate, well written music theory course!

"My issue with music theory has always been that I understand the concepts, but I have trouble applying it to what I’m actually playing. That’s one of the things I love about Metal Music Theory, all the concepts are presented using specific bands and riffs as examples, so you can actually hear what a certain mode or scale sounds like in context, which goes a long way in helping to train your ear, and is a great tool for developing your own style.
I also love that this is not a “watered down” course or “Music theory for dummies.” This is a legitimate, well written music theory course that covers music theory in detail, with the added bonus of tying it directly to heavy metal music, so you never get bored or find yourself questioning why you’re learning a specific concept. In fact, this is the only music theory course I’ve ever taken where I was excited to progress to new lessons and where I wasn’t just rushing through the course to get to the next section. This course has kept me actively engaged the whole time by presenting the information very clearly, and to reiterate, by making the concepts APPLICABLE.

Kudos to Ken and Jason for putting together a one-of-a-kind resource. Whether you're new to metal performance and composing, or an experienced musician looking to take your chops to the next level, this course is a must-have. Metal Music Theory has definitely earned a permanent spot in my music composition library and I’m really excited to put some of these concepts into practice!"


"Ken has clearly demonstrated his content knowledge expertise, both through his education and practical experience in the field. He is highly regarded by his peers and colleagues and has a high profile position in the industry. Ken does a good job delivering the content in a manner that can be understood by his students."


"This was one of my favorite courses. At times consuming all that information was overwhelming but it was worth it. I find myself pointing out certain things I’ve learned."


"To be honest this course has been one of my favorites and one of the most challenging. Never have i been so stressed but never have i learned so much! I love Music i cant stay away!"


You Also Get a Bonus Module:

BONUS Module 6: Advanced Theory & Integration
  • Engaging With Session Musicians
  • Instrumentation & Articulations
  • Tetrachords
  • Neapolitan Chords
  • Exotic Modes
  • Melody Construction
  • Contrapuntal Harmony

Metal Music Theory



Also Includes:

Metal Riff Writing



$191.00 $47.00

***Lifetime access - No subscription fees!


What format does Metal Music Theory come in?

The format is an online course. Once you purchase Metal Music Theory, you will create a username and password that you will use to access the course. 

Who is Metal Music Theory for?

This course is for any rock or metal musician with a desire to take their musicianship to the next level by learning music theory. 

Can I access Metal Music Theory at any time?

Yes! Once you purchase Metal Music Theory, you will always have access to the course. In fact, I encourage you to go through the course as many times as you wish! 

Is Metal Music Theory just for guitarists?

Metal Music Theory is for ALL musicians! Guitarists, bassists, keyboardists drummers, singers, songwriters...everyone can benefit greatly from this course. 

Can I download the music notation and tracks in the course?

Yes! You will be instructed throughout the course where to download tracks and music notation. 


How long will it take me to go through Metal Music Theory?

This really depends on you. We recommend not rushing through the course and spending adequate time on each module. We also encourage you to go through the course as many times as you wish. Remember, once you purchase the course you'll always have access to it. 

Can't I just learn music theory by watching YouTube videos?

You could. However, what sets this course apart is that it's a hyper-focused series of structured lessons. Ken also has a special way of teaching you so that it's fun and engaging.