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The Concept of Modulation

In the domain of music, modulation can be simply defined as a shift from one key to another and then, returns back. It differs from transposition because it involves temporal departure and the return. Transposition is a complete lifting of […]

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The Concept of Scale

Definition of a Scale A Scale is known as series of notes that can be played successively in both ascending or descend order. It forms the basis of melody.  Diatonic scale for instance, usually spans an octave. There is no […]

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Neapolitan 6th Chord

What is Neapolitan 6th chord? Neapolitan 6th chord (often abbreviated as N6) is a major chord built on the lowered second degree (supertonic) of a major or minor diatonic scale. It is the same whether in major or minor key. […]

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Augmented Sixth Chords

Augmented sixth chords are (chords that) usually built on the flattened sixth degree of the scale. They function as pre-dominant chords (chords that lead to the dominant). They resolve to the dominant. Types of Augmented Sixth Chord There are three […]

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The Concept of Triad

Definition of Triad Triad is simply a three-note chord. The note on which a triad is built is known as the root.  A common chord consists of the root, the third and the fifth. Root is the note on which […]

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Non-harmonic Tones

These are tones or notes used in harmony, but they are not part of the chords used in creating such harmony. They can also be called non-chord tones since they are notes that are not part of a chord in […]

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The Rules of Four-Part Harmony

What is harmony? From the academic perspective, harmony is the study of tones sounding together. It is literally known as two or more notes played or heard simultaneously. Whereas, melody implies the linear (horizontal) aspect of music, harmony implies the […]

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Music and other disciplines (Part one)

There is a relationship between music and the Sciences (music and Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering). There is also relationship between music and Social Sciences (music and Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Evolutionary Biology and Archeology). Without a doubt, there is […]

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Temperament Systems

The word ‘temperament’ means a tuning of an instrument. There are four systems of temperament. These are: Pythagorean, just intonation, mean-tone temperament and equal temperament. Pythagorean System In the Pythagorean system, all the tones of the scale are derived from […]

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Selected Twentieth Century Composers (STCC)

Introduction By the turn of the century and for the next few decades, artists of all nationalities were searching for exciting and different modes of expression. Composers such as Arnold Schoenberg explored unusual and unorthodox harmonies and tonal schemes. French […]

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The Concept Of African Pianism.

African pianism is a technique and style which involves the conscious employment of the Western piano in the performance or composition of African music (African instrumental traditional songs and African popular music). It fuses, combines or juxtaposes the musical elements […]

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