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But what about modern day tonal music? I have played around on my piano with chord progressions that break all of those "rules" and if you'll forgive me for taking the risk of sounding cocky, I sound amazing! I daresay you do! However, while you may be breaking those rules, you're probably obeying newer ones. As time moves forward, more styles are ...


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As a guitarist, you will be aware that at any given moment, a chord fits under what is being sung. The melody line may contain several notes, but for starters, if you sing one of the notes from that chord, it'll fit the melody line, just as the rest of the notes from that chord will. Basically, there will be a root, 3 and 5 in that chord, so initially, get ...


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First off, you're not quite getting the point of the things you are bringing up. Parallel fifths and octaves looked down upon it counterpoint not because they sound bad, but because in counterpoint you want all your melodies to be independent and parallel octaves and fifths make your melodies interdependent. The dominant 7th came into popularity due to the ...


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"Furthermore, how do I know if a certain musical idea (i.e. A melody and its accompanying harmony) will work if I were to just notate the music without plucking it out first on my piano?" You cultivate your "inner ear". An essential facility for any composer, arranger etc. Before there was Common Practice harmony, there was Organum. NOT using parallel ...


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It seems like the answer you are looking for is Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne. A simple web search of college level harmony texts turned up more hits on this title than any other. One such page, from a community college, is here: https://www.flccbooknook.com/tonal-harmony-text-only The text on that page includes this description (emphasis ...


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All of the above answers are correct. We can generalize here: the rules that govern what is permissible in music evolve, both in cultures and in individuals. Bach is beautiful within and because of what is not allowed to him, and so is Patti Smith. You can make up your own rules. But there's no guarantee they will work for everyone or anyone else. If ...


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As mentioned by others, it really depends on the music you're singing. I have sung a lot of music in church and worked on this, and I've found that it's easiest with old hymns like you would find in a Baptist or Methodist hymnal. It's definitely harder with some contemporary songs. The harmonizations in hymnals are usually pretty simple and easy to pick ...


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Whether the top line of notes are given or the bass, the concepts of harmonisation stays the same. The melody line tends to be given more when advance harmony questions are asked, as it test the candidate's knowledge on how to approach inversions. Whether you write the bass line or the top line your outside voices have to be written in the style of a melody....


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Not strictly figured bass or partimenti, but you could take a look at the rules for harmonising Bach chorales, where you are given a chorale melody and fill out the parts for SATB choir, starting with the Bass line. Identify the degree of the scale of each note in the melody Identify cadences (there are cadence 'templates' based on melodic patterns are ...


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This is a great question! I'm not sure I can help exactly, because I'm not certain what you're looking for exists, but hopefully I can at least give some good information in this area. Regole are model structures of basic musical elements like cadences and sequence. Solfeggi are "style exercises" for a voice and basso continuo. Involature are keyboard ...


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Is it true? No, it's not true because you used the word 'anything'. As said, it can be called a bass line in general if played by the bass even if this 'line' includes chords. It's referring to the instrument if used this way. A melody on the other hand is a series of notes. Another concept of a bass line is a series of notes in the bass. There is a ...


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Depending on how traditional the band is, it may be a little difficult to employ quartal harmony. Since quartal harmony is definitively different than triadic harmony, you're essentially try to use something that doesn't "belong". Using quartal harmonies on top of triads can cause some major clashes and/or result in the harmony being changed. For instance, ...


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There must be something within each piece of music that has survived to our own times for it to remain fresh, inspired and worth keeping in the repertoire. Being quite fond of Baroque and pre- Baroque styles does not embrace some weird and horribly limited fad for recording four linked concerti by one Antonio Vivaldi and patently ignoring his ' other' ...



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