Music Theory

The Unison Octave Inversion

The Unison Octave Inversion This is something that confuses most people. How can you possibly invert… a unison? After all: a unison is 2 versions of the exact same note. Ask musicians what you get when you invert a unison, and most will reply: “a unison”. A unison is technically speaking not an interval, because
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Teacher Miscommunications & Misconceptions About “Tonicization”

Email to a Student About “Tonicization” This was written after a lesson with a student of mine, who also takes music classes at his college. In one of those classes, his teacher had apparently been talking a lot about “tonicizing”. This somehow led to that student, to think more of this term than it is.
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Chord Formulas

Chord Formulas Chord structures are represented by what we call “chord formulas”. A chord formula is a combination of numbers, each number representing an intervallic relationship to the root of the chord, which is represented by the number 1. The root of a chord, is the note that gives the chord it’s name. It’s the
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Advanced Pedal Point in A

Advanced Pedal Point in A In this blog, we are taking the ideas of this lesson blog Major Minor Pedal Point in A a huge step further to the next level. When you click on this url, it will lead you to a free lesson with more urls to pages you want to read. The
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4-Note Quartal Harmony Chords.

4-Note Quartal Harmony Chords. This is a continuation of last week’s blog Quartal Harmony. Check that blog first if you haven’t yet. It will make the new material in this blog easier to understand. Taking the information from last week’s blog a bit further, we’ll add a 4th note to last week’s 3-note quartal harmony
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