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The wikipedia entry for "non chord tones" turns out to be pretty good, with a lot of examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonchord_tone A passing note are the dissonants that are reached and left by stepwise motion in between chord tones that are typically a third or a fourth apart. They are typically short and on an unemphasized part of the beat (but ...


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The rules for a suspension are these: Suspended note precedes the suspending note, and therefore can't change until after the suspending note hits. A suspended note can repeat at point of suspension, but this is not typical. Suspending note has a consonant interval with the suspended note, then moves stepwise on a strong beat to a dissonant interval. This ...


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Quite honestly, dissonance has been acceptable for as long as there have been non-octave harmonies. This may seem silly, but let's first define dissonance- any 2 or more notes whose overtones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_series_(music)) do not match up. This means any pair of non-octave, non-unison notes (non-octave and a fifth, non-2-octaves and a ...



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