12tone is creating educational videos
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patrons
$1,324
per month
12tone is an online education channel that covers all sorts of musical topics, like harmony, arranging, and composition. We produce a new video 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!
Tiers
You're a Patron!
$1 or more per month 297 patrons
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!
Thank you!
$3 or more per month 120 patrons
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 5th of each month, when Patreon finalizes new payments.)
Sneak Peek!
$5 or more per month 57 patrons
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!
Elephant Of The Month Club Digital Member!
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
We'll thank you in the video description like before, but in a more special section! But more importantly, you'll get access to the new Elephant Of The Month posts each month! At this tier you'll get high-quality downloadable images of the monthly elephants, which you can use for any personal, non-commercial uses, like computer desktops, phone screens, or even wall art if you want to print it out!
Elephant Of The Month Club Real Mail Membership!
$20 or more per month 9 patrons
You get an actual, hand-drawn elephant! In the mail! Every month! For now this is U.S. only 'cause I don't know how international shipping works, but if you're outside the U.S. feel free to put in your address anyway and I'll see if I can make it work! Plus, obviously, all previous rewards as well. 


In order to receive your elephants, I'll need a mailing address, so if you want to sign up at this tier please fill this out: https://goo.gl/forms/1f46nFXSFrI8LpyQ2 Thanks!

Featured Patron
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
We'll thank you on-screen, in the actual video itself, once a month! Plus, obviously, all the other rewards below: Don't forget to sign up for the Elephant of the Month!


(Disclaimer: I can't say offensive stuff, so I reserve the right to not read a name if it's offensive. I hope that doesn't come up, but I want to put this here just in case.)

12tone is an online education channel that covers all sorts of musical topics, like harmony, arranging, and composition. We produce a new video 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!

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Tiers
You're a Patron!
$1 or more per month 297 patrons
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!
Thank you!
$3 or more per month 120 patrons
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 5th of each month, when Patreon finalizes new payments.)
Sneak Peek!
$5 or more per month 57 patrons
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!
Elephant Of The Month Club Digital Member!
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
We'll thank you in the video description like before, but in a more special section! But more importantly, you'll get access to the new Elephant Of The Month posts each month! At this tier you'll get high-quality downloadable images of the monthly elephants, which you can use for any personal, non-commercial uses, like computer desktops, phone screens, or even wall art if you want to print it out!
Elephant Of The Month Club Real Mail Membership!
$20 or more per month 9 patrons
You get an actual, hand-drawn elephant! In the mail! Every month! For now this is U.S. only 'cause I don't know how international shipping works, but if you're outside the U.S. feel free to put in your address anyway and I'll see if I can make it work! Plus, obviously, all previous rewards as well. 


In order to receive your elephants, I'll need a mailing address, so if you want to sign up at this tier please fill this out: https://goo.gl/forms/1f46nFXSFrI8LpyQ2 Thanks!

Featured Patron
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
We'll thank you on-screen, in the actual video itself, once a month! Plus, obviously, all the other rewards below: Don't forget to sign up for the Elephant of the Month!


(Disclaimer: I can't say offensive stuff, so I reserve the right to not read a name if it's offensive. I hope that doesn't come up, but I want to put this here just in case.)