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Colors of the Wind – Guide Tone Lines Revealed, Part I

Because all the harmonic structures of this piece are closely related, finding the guide tone lines for Alan Mencken’s Colors of the Wind is a simple matter. But before going further, it will be helpful to review what is meant … Continue reading

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Colors of The Wind (The Song)

Before I continue on from where I left off  with 13th chords back on Friday the 13th of April, I’m going to respond to a request made by one of my readers and take a look at a modern pop … Continue reading

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Lucky Thirteenth

Today being Friday the 13th, I thought this might be an appropriate topic. However, if you suffer from triskedekaphobia (fear of the number 13), you may want to skip this one. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get … Continue reading

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The Shell and More

When it comes to extended harmonies, the most important tones are the third, seventh and ninth. So, in the key of C (major, dominant and minor), these are: Of course, this doesn’t make much sense in the ear until the … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have To Play Every Note

Seems that most of the people who are seriously reading this blog are guitar players, so I’m going to take another break from actual guide tone lines and address this one to any guitar player who has encountered a chord … Continue reading

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The Mathematics of It All

If you are anything like me, you struggled with math in school. Oh, I could write like Faulkner or Hemingway, play the saxophone like Jimmy Dorsey, draw like Rodin or Picasso….but when it came to numbers, I was lost. Eventually, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Ditties

Actually, it’s two versions of the same ditty – in this case, the Harry Warren example we’ve been working with so far. You’ll remember the first version in which we simply used the guide tone lines. Here’s what it looks … Continue reading

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Point and Counterpoint – and Being Contrary

Before we attempt to apply counterpoint to the second ending of the “A” section of our example,  I’m going to go through a brief refresher course (or introduction, for you newbies) as to what counterpoint actually is. After all, “counterpoint” … Continue reading

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Guide Tone Lines In Action, Part 3 – Colors of the Winds

So – what’s wrong with the guide tone line in the second ending in terms of orchestration? Nothing, provided we drop the line an octave. In simplest terms, the second ending of the “A” section in the current example (Harry … Continue reading

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Guide Tone Lines in Action, Part 1

Today, let’s start off with a short musical interlude: The song of which this is the definitive recording will be the example used for the next  couple of posts. But before going much further, I want to talk about someone … Continue reading

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