is creating educational videos

Select a membership level

You're a Patron!

per month
You'll have access to the Patrons-only feed, plus early warning on any upcoming Q&A videos we do, and you can suggest songs for us to analyze!
Includes Discord benefits

Thank you!

per month
We'll thank you in our video descriptions! For a whole month! Or more than a month, if you keep supporting at this level! Plus you're a Patron, with all the stuff that implies!

(Note: This and all higher tiers take effect on the first video after the monthly song analysis, because Patreon usually hasn't finalized new payments until then.)
Includes Discord benefits

Sneak Peek!

per month
Each week, 24 hours before the episode goes up, we'll send you a snapshot of the first page, with all its elephants, the title, and whatever other scribbles may be there! Plus, thanks in the video description!
Includes Discord benefits




per month

About 12tone

12tone is an online education channel that covers all sorts of musical topics, like harmony, arranging, and composition. We produce a new video (almost) every week, and seek to inspire a love of music and music theory in as many people as possible. Patreon support helps us to make our videos even better, and to reach an even larger and more diverse audience, sharing our love of music with the world. It also helps us keep 12tone free for everyone, because no one should be cut off from learning just because they can't afford to pay.

Guidelines for song suggestions

We're doing an analysis video every month, and we're taking suggestions on which songs to do from you, our patrons! While we're open to pretty much anything, here's some guidelines for what sorts of songs we're looking for most:

  • It should be well-known. Ideally, we should be able to just say the name and have people know basically what it sounds like. Linking out adds time, playing examples risks automated copyright enforcement problems, and besides, people want to hear about the songs they love!
  • There should be something interesting or unique about it. Sure, we could analyze Stand By Me or Any Way You Want It, but there's really not much to say there. They're fairly basic chord progressions that just... work. There should really be something to talk about in the song, some reason to focus on it instead of something else. You don't have to actually know how to describe it, but if there's some section that stands out to you as really interesting, that's a good sign.
  • It shouldn't be TOO complex. We're doing fairly short videos, so if a song is too out there and weird, we won't have the time to give it the attention it needs. Bohemian Rhapsody, for instance, is a lovely song but would take about a half an hour to analyze properly. Ideally, the song would have one or two specific, noteworthy things about it, and then maybe a few more fun facts to toss in as well, time permitting.
  • It doesn't have to be harmonic! Harmonic analyses are fun and all, but if the song has some other interesting things about it, like cool melodies or weird rhythms, those are worth looking at too!

Even if your song doesn't meet all those guidelines, though, feel free to submit it! We'll consider everything we get, and if it's interesting enough we'll happily ignore other criteria for it, but these are some of the main things we'll be looking for. Thanks!
$1,901 of $2,000 per month
At this point I'll be making enough from Patreon and Adsense that I can cut down to two sponsored videos per month.
1 of 3

Become a patron to

Unlock 287 exclusive posts
Be part of the community
Connect via private message

Recent posts by 12tone

How it works

Get started in 2 minutes

Choose a membership
Sign up
Add a payment method
Get benefits