Category Archives: Music Theory

Composition & Improvisation: Analysis & Synthesis

In true art, the larger subject and the details are inseparable threads in the same fabric…

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How to Play Like an Artist: Theory & Practice

In order to play like an artist, one need to appreciate both the utility and limitations of Music Theory:

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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: Stationary Harmony, Moving Bass

A simple, but very effective, way to musically expand a single chord is to play a Moving Bass Line under the Stationary Harmony…

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Chords Progression: Minor Add2 (Rootless) Resolved to Minor Triad

Suspension means to temporarily delay the resolution of one or more chord tones. Here, for example, is a C Minor Rootless Add2 (for lack of a better name) with its resolution:

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Chord Progressions: Major Add2 (Rootless) Resolved to Major Triad

Suspension means to temporarily delay the resolution of one or more chord tones. Here, for example, is a C Major Rootless Add2 (for lack of a better name) with its resolution:

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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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