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Minor Arpeggios

12 Jul 2020
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Major Arpeggios

12 Jul 2020
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Harmonic Rhythm

Harmonic Rhythm  When coming up with a chord progression, many less experienced songwriters fail to value the rhythmic placement of the chord changes as much as other elements.  However, when and how often a chord change occurs has a dramatic effect on the overall perception of a chord progression.  The frequency and rhythmic placement of

07 Jul 2020
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Major Key Cadences

Major Key Cadences    Musical composition is built on the convention of tension and resolution.  A melody or a harmony progressively cycles between these two ends of the spectrum.  In harmony, this convention is best embodied in the technique of cadencing, where tension from a dominant or subdominant chord is resolved into a tonic chord. 

29 Jun 2020
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Triad Chord Families

Triadic Chord Families The diatonic chords in a given key share certain pitches and characteristics which allow them to be grouped into families.  These chord families capitalize on the hierarchy of melodic stability of the individual pitches in a key to create different effects in a chord progession.  Understanding these families is helpful in creating

29 Jun 2020
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Phrygian Mode

Phrygian Mode Formula       H       W        W       W         H          W   W E Phrygian  E   F       G        A          B          C   

13 Jun 2020
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The Dorian Mode

The Dorian Mode Formula     W       H        W        W         W         H          W D Dorian  D   E         F       G   A          B 

13 Jun 2020
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Bright Eyes- First Day of My Life Guitar Tab

21 May 2020
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An Introduction to Modal Theory

As we observed when using formulas to build major scales, the pitches in a major key have a mathematical relationship to each other.  Each scale degree is a certain number of half steps away from another scale degree and we call this distance an interval.  This relationship remains constant regardless of what pitch we base

18 May 2020
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An Introduction to Major Triads and Inversions

The basis of harmony in Western music is the triadic chord, a three-note harmony performed to be heard simultaneously.  While endless other chord tones, extensions and alterations can be incorporated into a triad, ultimately, their defining structure is the triad from which any more complex chord is derived.  The two most common triads, major and

18 May 2020
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