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Non Diatonic Harmonization?

So I'm really worried, am I doing something wrong? or is there no rules as long it sounds good together? If it sounds good to you, then you applied some "rules" i.e. internal logic. Every ...
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Non Diatonic Harmonization?

"What scale is this even?" The first example could be a segment of a diminished scale. There is a lot of ambiguity in diminished scales, because you can select various scale steps to create ...
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Non Diatonic Harmonization?

Put very simply, the 'rules' have developed from what sounds good, not vice versa! Those 'rules' have been manufactured by musicians over many centuries to guide other musos and make their composing ...
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Non Diatonic Harmonization?

or there is no rules as long it sounds good together... This is essentially true, there are no rules. But there are tools! I can make several suggestions: Secondary dominants. E.g. in the key of C ...
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Should I continue my classical study (avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves)

My answer is a counter-question: Why do you want avoid parallels? Make your music sound interesting by using both effects! Before this rule in western music came up we had only voices in unison and ...
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Should I continue my classical study (avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves)

The "classical" voice leading stuff you are thinking of - avoiding parallel fifths and octaves, etc. - is classical music's link to the old Church style and counterpoint. When that historic ...
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Should I continue my classical study (avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves)

Should I continue my classical study (avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves) Avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves is useful for keeping the number of apparent independent voices constant. It is a genre-...
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Should I continue my classical study (avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves)

Yes, keep up your studies. While you may not use some things directly, the principles can be useful. As mentioned in Dom's comments, parallel fifths and octaves are avoided in order to keep musical ...
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Should I continue my classical study (avoiding parallel 5ths and octaves)

Pop music does not adhere strictly to the common practice era rules of voice leading. A very clear example is power chords, which are exactly parallel fifths. Having a solid knowledge of classical ...
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Avoid Notes while playing chords over chords

"Avoid note" is a term from academic jazz. It's a short hand way to help beginners avoid certain dissonances. IMO one of the problems with the "avoid note" concept is it gives ...
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Avoid Notes while playing chords over chords

This is not a good answer, just an answer. Quote from Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine: “Avoid” note is not a very good term, because it implies that you shouldn’t play it. A better name would be “...
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Can the final cadence of Dvorak 9 Finale (D7/A - E) be viewed as a plagal cadence?

Strictly speaking, there is only one type of plagal cadence: IV (or iv) moving to I (or i). However, the cadence in question does have important features in common with a plagal cadence. Like a ...
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