Harmonic Progressions | Learning and Loving Music Theory - StumbleUpon Kelvin, You actually caught a mistake on the roman numerals! Thanks, I’ll have to fix that. In the classical tradition, for the sake of stability, the first and last chords of a circle-of-fifths progression are usually triads, not 7th chords. Harmonic Sequences Part 2 In the jazz tradition all chords usually are 7ths, in which case the progression will start and end with 7th chords. Thanks again for your interest and input. teoría - Music Theory Web Scales and emotions See also a post about making chords from scales. So maybe you want to write a song or an instrumental in a particular mood or style, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the scales. Here’s a handy guide to the commonly used scales in Western pop, rock, jazz, blues and so on. Click each image to play the scale right in your browser with the aQWERTYon. These scales have a major third (E in the key of C), which makes them feel happy or bright. Major scale Happy; can be majestic or sentimental when slow. Mixolydian mode Bluesy, rock; can also be exotic/modal. Lydian mode Ethereal, dreamy, futuristic. Lydian dominant mode Also known as the overtone scale or acoustic scale, because it is close to the first seven pitches in the natural overtone series. Phrygian dominant mode Exotic, Middle Eastern, Jewish. Harmonic major scale Majestic, mysterious. These scales have a flat third (E-flat in the key of C), which gives them a darker and more tragic feel. Natural minor scale (Aeolian mode) Dorian mode
Essential Chord Progressions - Free Chords for Players of Guitar and Piano, and for Songwriters How to construct chords - Piano Clues: Free tips and lessons for playing piano, organ and electronic keyboard You don’t need a “1000 Chords Dictionary” to be able to read and play chords. You can learn how to form chords on your own, because chords are built using simple formulas. A chord is three or more notes played at the same time. It’s as simple as that. Of course, the trick is to know which three notes… Obviously, not all combinations of notes sound good. Of each chord type, there are 12 possible chords: one for each note. The note that names the chord is called the root note. What’s the difference between all these chord types? Chord formulas To form a chord you simply apply a formula to the major scale named by the root tone. So to build any type of chord, you need to know: the major scale for the root tone of that chord, andthe formula for that chord. I am assuming that you already can play the 12 major scales. Let’s put this knowledge into practice. The formula for major chords is: 1 – 3 – 5 We know that the scale for C major is: There are also formulas that contain the symbols b and #.
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How to Notate Musical Rhythm | Learning and Loving Music Theory Notating rhythm often is the most difficult part of music notation. In this music theory lesson, I will show you principles that will help you to notate rhythm in the clearest possible manner. When I teach this lesson in the classroom, I’m often asked, “Why do I have to do it this way?” I always say that you can notate your music any way you want. But your goal is to communicate the music, and obviously you want to do it in the clearest possible manner. The secret behind notating rhythm clearly is to clarify the beat, that is, make the beat easy to see on the written score. Measures with No Beat Divisions If a measure has no beat divisions, combine the beats (this is sometimes referred to as beat multiplication): Measures with Beat Divisions Simple Quadruple Meters When a measure has beat divisions in a simple quadruple meter (e.g., common time), beats 1 and 3 should be clearly visible. Simple Triple Meters Compound Meters Measures with Beat Subdivisions Rhythm and Meter Lesson 5
eMusicTheory.com: teach and learn music theory from anywhere Learning and Loving Music Theory Music Theory Ascension Sounds | Music for a Higher Generation Counterpoint General principles It is hard to write a beautiful song. It is harder to write several individually beautiful songs that, when sung simultaneously, sound as a more beautiful polyphonic whole. The internal structures that create each of the voices separately must contribute to the emergent structure of the polyphony, which in turn must reinforce and comment on the structures of the individual voices. In the modern period, polytonality and atonality were introduced. Development Species counterpoint In 1725 Johann Joseph Fux published Gradus ad Parnassum (Steps to Parnassus), in which he described five species: Note against note;Two notes against one;Four (extended by others to include three, or six, etc.) notes against one;Notes offset against each other (as suspensions);All the first four species together, as "florid" counterpoint. A succession of later theorists quite closely imitated Fux's seminal work, often with some small and idiosyncratic modifications in the rules.
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