Using II-V-I and pivot chords - Harmony Basics - Part 19
In the previous article we saw how to use cadences to modulate to a different key. However, regardless of whether you use a cadence or not, a seamless modulation relies on the so-called pivot chords.
The Role of Cadence and Characteristic Notes in Modulat… - Harmony Basics - Part 18
It's not uncommon for a composer/songwriter to feel the need to leave the original key of the song he's writing and go explore some other ones. There are many reasons for that: to change the mood (i.…
Modulate It! - Harmony Basics - Part 17
In the previous articles... Yes, I know I often begin my articles this way but it's simply because I like things to make sense chronologically.
Relative Chord and Tonal Exchange Substitutions - Harmony Basics - Part 16
This time around, we'll look at two additional ways to substitute chords: Relative chord and tonal exchange substitutions. But before we do that, I want to complete the previous article and finish di…
Tritone Substitution and Secondary Dominants - Harmony Basics - Part 15
In this installment, we'll continue exploring chord substitutions with two new forms based on the dominant function.
Chord Substitutions - Harmony Basics - Part 14
In the previous two articles I took a brief detour from the somewhat theoretical tone of this series to show you some specific examples of harmonic chord progressions that are easy to understand and …
More Chord Progressions - Harmony Basics - Part 13
In the previous article I introduced you to some of the most popular cadences and chord progressions. But there are still some left!
Chord Progressions - Harmony Basics - Part 12
In the last article, we saw how chords have a natural tendency towards other chords depending on their degree in the key of the song where they are currently been employed.
Leading the Way - Harmony Basics - Part 11
In the previous articles we looked at how cadences work and how the fifth degree of a scale tends towards the first degree (yes, I know I've been repeating this every article). But, regardless of cad…
Harmonic Rhythm - Harmony Basics - Part 10
Today, we will discuss one of the most important aspects in music, namely rhythm.