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First of all, I think it's important to keep in mind that harmony is written for something. I'm going to follow the sort of academic rules of part-writing in my answer, but if this were for "real life" purposes, it would be worth subjecting a lot of those assumptions to the test of what makes the best music (and the most idiomatic music for whatever you're ...


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Debussy surely influenced the piano playing of trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. It is also said that the bebop harmony has been inspired by Western Music; from people like Debussy and Schoenberg. Kubik, Gerhard. "Bebop: a case in point. The African Matrix in Jazz Harmonic Practices." (Critical essay) Black Music Research Journal 22 Mar 2005. Digital.: While ...


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Not a stupid question at all! But, yes, only the bass note is taken into account when naming the inversion of a chord. The voicing above this is unimportant. Indeed, the bass note may be doubled, as can any other chord-tones. (Although, this may be inappropriate, if following the rules of specific styles of harmony or counterpoint.) Also, notes above the ...


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The central basis of a multi-tonic system is that the underlying scale or primary note collection is symmetrical, thus allowing several notes within the collection to behave as tonic since they are all approached and left in the same way. In other words: in a C major scale, the tonic has an entirely unique relationship to the other six notes of the scaleā€”at ...


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Of the 12 major keys, F#/Gb is the only one that can be reasonably notated in two ways, since Cb and C# are far more awkward than B and Db. Both F# and Gb are in common use, but Gb is rather more common. Why? If the music sticks to the diatonic major scale (as this piece largely does), then both keys are equally complicated, but major-key music often ...


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Basic resolution comes from a "home/away from home" feeling. You'll find this a lot in the V-I resolution or more strongly in the V7-I resolution (for an extra 50 geek points, check out how the 3rd and 7th of the V7 chord [which form the very dissonant tritone] lead back to the Root and 3rd of the I chord - look for minimal movement! Think half steps). There ...


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The concept of some chords in 4/4 having a strong beat is called "harmonic stress". You can search this forum or Google for "harmonic stress for chords" to see more information about that. Voice leading is a whole different concept, which it seems you may have a basic understanding of, and relates not so much to how chords themselves resolve but more ...



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