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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 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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Hi, Neighbor!

  The first step in constructing a guide tone line for a specific voice is to identify the common tones – single pitch classes that are common to two adjacent harmonic structures (basically, two different chords that share a single … 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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