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Does tonality require consonance? One of the difficulties with answering that is that the words 'tonality' and 'tonal' are not well-defined - Wikipedia points out that there are a number of senses in which the term can be meant. I’m still unsure if consonance is necessary to establish a tonal center, or if consonance is just the preferred sound against a ...


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Consonance and dissonance are crucial for the tonality. But finally it is the chord progression gives the clue. To define the tonality you need at least 2 chords: E.g. a triad GCD could be Vsus in C or Isus in G major. Only the resolution of the dissonance will decide in which tonic we are. Another point are our listening habits. In the blues I7 IV7 V7 are ...


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Tonality is a system of composition (or the theory describing it), and one aspect of Tonal music (that is, music following Tonality) is that there is a pitch center. However, Non-Tonal music, that is music composed outside the system of Tonality, can still have a pitch center, though it needn't. Atonal music is composed to avoid the sense of pitch center. ...


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The 7th and root can appear in any order in a voicing. I think it is more common to have the root below. One thing to be careful of, if the 7th is below the root it should be a cluster. If they are separated by an octave you will have a m9 interval between them which is very harsh and not good for what should be a pretty chord. You mentioned some of your ...


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Classically, the seventh was often used as the lowest note in a seventh chord. Handel seemed to like this a lot. The only problem would be that the seventh moves down to the third and the chord tends to a I6 chord. The V42-I6 sounds fine. Seventh chords can be used in all inversions.


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It is not uncommon to have the root doubled in 7th chords as with triads. So you can have the 7th both above and below the root. There is definitely a 3rd inversion for seventh chords that puts the seventh in the bass and this is not at all uncommon in guitar big band chord voicing. Older books on this try to place the "lowest" note on the low E ...


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