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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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The bVII or dominant bVII7 chord often comes from the mixolydian mode. Many bluegrass and rock and roll songs are written in the mixolydian and not in the major mode (or ionian mode, or major key, or major scale). In the key of C, the mixolydian scale is C D E F G A Bb C. So the chord is built on the note Bb in this mode. Since there is only one note ...


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So, the chord sequence is maybe Cmaj / Bbmaj / Fmaj. The Bb is subdominant of the (subdominant of C) Fmaj. It's sort of reverse ii - V - I that jazzers are renowned to use.As actually many, many songs utilise. The Bb chord , in a way, is related to the key of C in a 'first- removed' manner.You're right in that the resolution is in 2 plagal cadences, so it ...


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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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