Category Archives: Aural Comprehension

Transposition: The Musical Way to Transpose Harmony

A prerequisite to Transposing Harmony like a musician is to conceive and hear the music in functional musical terms, not just as an arbitrary sequence of dots.

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Transposition: The Musical Way to Transpose a Melody

A prerequisite to Transposing a Melody like a musician is to conceive of and hear the melody in meaningful musical terms, not as some random sequence to be manipulated with calculations. Enjoy this simple example of how to transpose a … Continue reading

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Transposition: The UN-Musical Way to Transpose

The commonly-prescribed formula for transposing is to count how many half steps the new key is above or below the original key, then to add or subtract that many steps from each and every note in the piece. The “counting” … Continue reading

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Transposition: Why Learn How to Transpose?

Transposition is the process of playing or rewriting a piece of music in other than the original key. There are three common reasons to develop this skill:

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Chord Progressions: Sus2 Resolved to Minor Triad

Suspension means to temporarily delay the resolution of one or more chord tones. Here, for example, is a Csus2 (read “C suspended second chord”) with its minor triad resolution:

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Chord Progressions: Sus4 Resolved to Minor Triad

Suspension means to temporarily delay the resolution of one or more chord tones. Here, for example, is a Csus4 (read “C suspended fourth chord”) with its minor triad resolution:

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Chord Progressions: Sus4 Resolved to Major Triad

Suspension means to temporarily delay the resolution of one or more chord tones. Here, for example, is a Csus4 (read “C suspended fourth chord”) with its major triad resolution:

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Chord Progressions: Chord Inversion & Bass Melody

One way to expand the musical possibilities of a chord progression is to invert some of the chords in order to create both harmonic interest and melodic movement in the bass line.

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Chord Progressions: i-V7-i Theory & Ear Training

Study the i-V7-i Chord Progression (the minor counterpart of the major I-V-I) and you will understand the harmonic tension and release formula that makes an incredible amount of music tick…

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Chord Progressions: I-V7-I Theory & Ear Training

Study the I-V7-I Chord Progression and you will understand the harmonic tension and release formula that makes an incredible amount of music tick…

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