Music Theory feature articles
Parallel voices - Harmony Basics - Part 38
The previous article allowed you to get to know chords better, discussing open and drop chords. This week we'll take a look at a case where voices evolve in parallel, with a special focus on octaves and fifths. I know, I know: parallel octaves and fifths are forbidden, right? Indeed, when you want to stick to classic harmony, it is...
Drop voicings - Harmony Basics - Part 37
In the previous article we briefly studied the movements of each voice within the context of voice-leading, based on the motion of the root. Today we'll focus on a particular sort of voicing: drop voicings.
Voice movement in voice-leading - Harmony Basics - Part 36
In the previous article you saw the notes that are best suited to create voicings and those which ought to be avoided. In this one we will focus our attention on voice-leading and certain rules you should consider when exploring this technique.
Voicings, important notes and notes to avoid - Harmony Basics - Part 35
Today we'll continue exploring voicings... but going back to the basics! Because it's really nice to talk about open, closed, added-tone and what-not chords but if you don't know which notes you can or cannot use, then you might end up a bit frustrated.
Voicings for the II V I pogression - Harmony Basics - Part 34
Ever since I started this series I have striven to give you a bunch of theoretical tools that allow you to understand as well as possible the mechanisms behind Western harmony, always trying to avoid complicating things too much. At least that was my goal, and I hope I've achieved it. But don't worry I'm not saying goodbye just yet, far from that!
Voicings and added-tone chords - Harmony Basics - Part 33
In the present article we'll discuss added-tone chords in more detail, but first let me finish the previous installment.
Open position chords - Harmony Basics – Part 32
In the previous article you saw how to create an interesting harmonization and, at the same time, develop clear bass and harmonic lines by simply inverting chords. But it isn't enough just to invert the chords, you can also play with their structure to open them!
My first voice leading - Harmony Basics - Part 31
In the previous article I introduced you to the concept of voice leading and voicings. Today we'll explore them in detail.
Introduction to voice leading and voicings - Harmony Basics - Part 30
In the previous articles we explored the different harmonic motions which originate from the alternation between dissonance and consonance, and without even noticing it we started to lay the foundations for voice leading. Say what?
The pedal point and the sus4 chord - Harmony Basics - Part 29
In the previous articles we dealt basically with dissonances and consonances and how they alternate following the different harmonic motions.