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Dec
23
comment Chord Roles/Reputations
I am still a bit unclear exactly how you are using the chord. You only mention that you greatly enjoy the sound of it. JS Bach has many good harmonic moves (including a iim7b5|6/5 substitute for IV) and incredible numerological associations (such as the use of the octave in penultimate cadential chords to represent Heaven and Hell), among others. Upon further inspection, I see you're looking for each chord. For that, I should point you toward the Doctrine of Ethos and associated writings.
Dec
23
comment Chord Roles/Reputations
I completely agree that "hooks" built on common chord progressions such as the one you mentioned. Regarding your inquiry, it is a logical conclusion most composers reach - the synthesis of melody and harmony at the apex of activity in a piece of music, the culmination of what "the piece is about". You find this often in Beethoven - a subtle three-note bass line at the beginning becomes the entire harmonic progression for the entire development.
Dec
23
answered How important are chord inversions as an intermediate guitar player and what are their applications?
Dec
23
answered Chord Roles/Reputations
Dec
23
comment Chord Roles/Reputations
Welcome to the site! We try not to give recommendations because of how specific they are. My answer below will be a bit more general.
Dec
22
comment Detecting absolute pitch by ear
Perfect Pitch is the ability to match pitch by ear (such as singing along to a song). Absolute Pitch is the ability to produce any pitch without external reference or context.
Dec
22
answered AMEB Grade 4 Theory question - harmonising cadence points in a melody?
Dec
22
comment How to create fast runs (i.e. speedy notes)?
Music is subjective - I can point you to pieces that make you question what you think is music or not. Opinions like "good" are subjective as everyone has a different definition of what that might sound like. Patterns are contextual, and yes, there are principles for gestural music. You came here looking for answers. Perhaps when you receive them, you should think on them instead of just entrenching yourself in your original views.
Dec
22
comment How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?
@StanShunpike - sad to hear you don't care about notation. You'll find it hard to get people to play / listen to your music. As Gardner Reed said, "if you don't bother to take the time to write it down, why should I bother to take the time to play it?" I don't care how you write it, if you present it, it must be correct. It's akin to poor grammar - all it does is undermine your intelligence and presents a poor image of you as a "competent" composer. Do your own research to figure out what you need to fix. Three great resources: Gardner Reed, Kurt Stone, Elaine Gould. Look them up.
Dec
22
comment How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?
You really need to revisit your notation.
Dec
22
comment How to create fast runs (i.e. speedy notes)?
My point is that you need to determine your own definition of "pleasing" - someone cannot answer that for you as it is subjective.
Dec
21
answered How to create fast runs (i.e. speedy notes)?
Dec
19
answered How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?
Dec
19
comment Why do baroque operas tend to have postmodernist stage designs?
This question is not off-topic as it actually relates historical and contemporary operatic performance practice. (Staging is an element of performance practice, and if you disagree, go dig up Wagner and listen to him.) That said, I voted that this question (despite very interesting!) is primarily opinion-based as I am not sure there is enough evidence to overwhelmingly support any particular individual assertion.
Dec
19
answered Bass and treble clef brass parts
Dec
16
answered What is this vocal style called, and how can I learn it?
Dec
16
comment What do dotted stave lines mean?
Glad to help, anytime.
Dec
15
answered What do dotted stave lines mean?
Dec
10
comment Roman numeral notation for a suspended chord?
@Tim - the movement shows the function of the line. Since the "4" is not a chord tone, people want to see what happens to it / how you get to the chord tone. Also, a "sus2" is really just a "sus4" in inversion, so the analysis would still be the same. The only difference here being that a suspended 2nd might resolve to unison, in which case the process is the same - only the numbers change.
Dec
10
comment Roman numeral notation for a suspended chord?
figured bass can be used as a part of roman numeral analysis to show functions of lines; specifically relating to non-harmonic tones.