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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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Part 3: Not Not-Quite-As-Amazing (But Still Useful) Augmented Chord

When we arrive at the “B” section of All The Things You Are, the piece returns to the key of G major, where it started in the verse. Harmonically, this part of the piece consists of nothing more than a … Continue reading

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They Do – Except When They Don’t

“The verse was nothing – but the Chorus was Art – And its Music was enough to tear you apart…” – Joseph Moncure March, The Wild Party (1926) In my very first post to this blog, I said “…the harmonic … 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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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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Common Tones

Finding a set of guide tone lines for a specific set of changes (chord progression) is not the exact science we music theory geeks would like it to be. It is possible – even probable – for one to discover … Continue reading

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IDIC

Fans of Star Trek will recognize that acronym as “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination” – the heart of Vulcan philosophy. It is in fact at the heart of our music here on Terra Firma as well. It is often said that … Continue reading

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