85 pages of step-by-step instructional text, written in a casual, conversational tone so that you don't die of boredom while reading it.


 PDF format with embedded audio, so that you can read and listen everywhere you go.


Over 40+ high-quality WAV files embedded in the ebook so that you can hear and truly understand what you're learning.


Teaches theory using basic numbers and keyboard illustrations only - no need to read sheet music!



Part I builds your musical knowledge from the ground up, starting with pitch, frequency, and the piano keyboard. You'll learn about:

  • Pitch, pitch class, and notes

  • Frequency and scientific pitch notation (which is what all major DAWs use)

  • How to bypass the classical system using simple numbers

  • What the major and minor modes are

  • How to use intervals without memorizing terms



Part II dives into the practical applications of theory you can use to instantly improve your music. You'll get chapters on:

  • Octaves and The Rule of Seven

  • The RFS Method for Chords (a system so easy, you'll be wondering why you hadn't thought of it!)

  • Chord Progressions and Cadences

  • Key Transposition and Modulation

  • Arrangement Hacks for EDM (Including a step-by-step template)



Tired of endlessly searching the Internet for useful information? These appendices give you the resources you've been looking for in a detailed, organized way:

  • A reference piano keyboard

  • Methods for calculating intervals

  • Key conversion charts for EVERY major and minor scale

  • The circle of cadences (the circle of fifths)



Skeptical of Simple Music Notation? EDM Theory interviewed university professors, professional performing musicians, and recording studio engineers.* Here's what they had to say:

Roy Malan
Former Concertmaster, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

“The book looks great. As a violinist born with absolute pitch (one step beyond perfect pitch, enabling me to name the pitch resulting when anything is dropped on the ground, for example), I'm always fascinated with work like this.”

Peter K. Marsh
Associate Professor, Department of Music, CSU East Bay

“Simple Music Notation™ is a good idea. In our program, we get many students asking if they could produce music without having to go through the formal music theory course cycle. There needs to be away of reaching these folks that want to make music but don't have the time or interest in extended musical training. I like the conversational tone of the text.” 

J.J. Wiesler
Studio Engineer, Decibelle Recording Studio, San Francisco

“I think it's a great idea, and any book that can explain just enough to get some aspiring musicians to their 'aha' moment is a welcome addition to the discussion.” 

Jack Kertzman
Studio Manager & Engineer, Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco

“Simple Music Notation™ is concise, and I imagine engineers/producers without a formal music background will find it useful.” 

Elisa Moles
Award-Winning Flutist and Flute Instructor at CSU Fresno

“I think that the explanations are very clearly written, especially with the layout and figures.” 

Kimberly L. Bruder, Ph.D.
Music Faculty, CSU Chico

“The book is clear, accurate, and fun to read.” 

*These quotations are from real professionals in the music industry. The quotations are taken from their email responses and are the true beliefs and opinions of the originators. They were NOT paid for their testimonials.


Sure, academics and professionals love it. But what about new and up-and-coming producers? EDM Theory asked people for feedback on Instagram*, and the response was amazing.

Here's what they had to say:


*These screenshots were taken from REAL interactions with real people on Instagram. They are the true beliefs and opinions of the originators. They were NOT paid for their feedback. EDM Theory is not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook, Inc.


Complete PDF Textbook $97

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A lifetime of classical training and months of work went into writing the text and creating the audio examples for this product, so I'm 100% positive it'll have a huge impact on your ability to make great music.

But what if it doesn't? 

No problem - just email me within 30 days of purchase, and I'll give you a full refund. No questions asked, no hard feelings.


There's absolutely no risk to you.


Hey there, I'm Eric from EDM Theory. I developed Simple Music Notation™ and founded this company after being fed up with the mindless memorization mindset that has been rampant in music education for decades. Who am I to challenge the established order? Just a guy who is brave enough to say out loud: "It can be better."


I'm a music producer, audio engineer, author, entrepreneur, and former scientist. I've studied under people like Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5Hans Zimmer, Hyperbits, Brian Hood, Grant Cardone, and Brendon Burchard. I've even been personally mentored by Jason Capital (named one of the top entrepreneurs by Forbes). I've published six ebooks (including two full-length textbooks) and run my own studio, EX Music Production.

*EDM Theory is not affiliated with Apple, Inc. and does not intend to infringe on its trademarked logo.



What is Simple Music Notation™? Is it legit?

Simple Music Notation™ is a system of describing music based on simple numbers and keyboard illustrations (like a DAW). I developed it after years of being frustrated with the classical system of music notation and theory. It's a completely legit system based on analytical and critical thinking, NOT on memorization. Check out the "What the Experts Say" section to hear what actual college professors, performing musicians, and professional studio engineers think of it.

Can I get a sample or a preview of the book?

To get an idea of the book's content, I highly recommend you sign up to join The EDM Theory Family, which is my mailing list. I'll send you several free how-to PDF ebooks that are similar in writing but smaller in breadth and depth. Check out the "FREE" section of this website to learn more.

What if I eventually want to learn classical notation?

Simple Music Notation™ was designed to be compatible with classical notation. If you want to learn classical score notation or go deeper into traditional theory, you will already have a foundation of knowledge to work from after reading this book.

Is learning music theory really necessary for EDM?

You can fumble around in your DAW until the cows come home, but having a firm foundation of musical concepts will save you tons of time and energy in the long run. All of the great artists of our time (Zedd, Seven Lions, Tritonal, to name a few) know and use music theory.

Can't I just learn all this stuff on YouTube?

No, you can't. Simple Music Notation™ is a new, cutting-edge, proprietary system developed by EDM Theory. There are tons of resources out there for learning music theory in general, if you want to learn classical notation. But no one else has anything like this on the market.

How much previous knowledge is needed?

Absolutely none. I designed the ebook to walk a beginner through basic music theory, teaching from the ground up and assuming nothing. While written with the beginner in mind, the concepts are fundamental to music theory in general and are applicable to all levels of learning.

Do I need to use a specific DAW for this?

No. This is a PDF ebook, not computer software or plugins - all you need is a PDF viewer (works best on Adobe Acrobat) in order to read and use the book.

Does this ebook teach mixing and mastering?

No, the ebook is focused specifically on musical composition and music theory, NOT on the technical side of production.

What is music theory?

Music theory is a way of studying and describing the fundamental aspects of how and why music is written. If you've heard of harmony, melody, arrangement, structure, chords, etc., those are alll music theory terms.

Are all of those testimonials actually real?

Yes, absolutely. It's illegal in the United States to use fake testimonials (see FTC regulations regarding testimonials for more information)

Pricing & Payments

Why do my statements say EX Music Production?

EX Music Production is EDM Theory's legal entity.

Is my personal information safe?

EDM Theory only uses reputable third-party payment processing systems that use state-of-the-art security technology. EDM Theory never sees your financial information. Non-payment information (e.g. email address) is collected per EDM Theory's privacy policy, which you can read about by clicking the "Privacy Policy" link in the footer of this page.

Do you have a refund policy or guarantee?

EDM Theory has a 30-day money-back guarantee. EDM Theory must receive a refund request by email within thirty (30) days of purchase. EDM Theory will refund the full purchase price of your product (discounts not included), subject to filling out a quick exit questionnaire. To request a refund, email eric@edmtheory.com

Why is the price so high?

This is a high-quality, cutting-edge, full-length textbook that also contains embedded WAV audio examples. Most college-level textbooks on music theory are priced in the $80-$150 price range, so you're actually getting a great deal.

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