Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Form (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Form (Understanding Basic Music Theory) 5.7 Form (Harmony and Form) 5.7.1 Form is the Basic Structure Every piece of music has an overall plan or structure, the “big picture”, so to speak. This is called the form of the music. It is easy to recognize and grasp the form … Read more

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Cadence (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Cadence (Understanding Basic Music Theory) 5.6 Cadence (Understanding Basic Music Theory) A cadence is any place in a piece of music that has the feel of an ending point. This can be either a strong, de nite stopping point – the end of the piece, for example, or the … Read more

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Beginning Harmonic Analysis (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Beginning Harmonic Analysis (Understanding Basic Music Theory) 5.5 Beginning Harmonic Analysis 5.5.1 Introduction It sounds like a very technical idea, but basic harmonic analysis just means understanding how a chord is related to the key and to the other chords in a piece of music. This can be such … Read more

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Naming Other Chords (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Naming Other Chords (Understanding Basic Music Theory)     5.4 Beyond Triads: Naming Other Chords 5.4.1 Introduction Once you know how to name triads (please see Triads and Naming Triads), you need only a few more rules to be able to name all of the most common chords. This … Read more

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Consonance and Dissonance (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Consonance and Dissonance (Understanding Basic Music Theory) 5.3 Consonance and Dissonance Notes that sound good together when played at the same time are called consonant. Chords built only of consonances sound pleasant and “stable”; you can listen to one for a long time without feeling that the music needs … Read more

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Naming Triads (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Naming Triads (Understanding Basic Music Theory) 5.2 Naming Triads The position that a chord is in does make a di erence in how it sounds, but it is a fairly small di erence. Listen4 to a G major chord in three di erent positions.     A much bigger … Read more

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Triads (Understanding Basic Music Theory)

Harmony and Form: Chapter 5 – Triads (Understanding Basic Music Theory)   5.1 Triads Harmony in Western music (Section 2.8) is based on triads. Triads are simple three-note chords (Chords) built of thirds. 5.1.1 Triads in Root Position     The chords in Figure 5.1 (Triads in Root Position) are written in root position, which … Read more