Thinking about how chords relate to the notes in your melody is an important aspect of voice leading with intention — here’s a quick guide.
Tag: beginner theory
Articles with entry-level theory. Use for courses on guitar, piano, reading music.
Discover the hidden music theory gem holding together one of the greatest TV theme songs of all time, and who gets the last laugh about it.
Making chords from the scale you’re in is fine, but borrowing notes and bringing them in from other scales and modes, now that’s fun!
In this edition of Soundfly Basics, we run down the usefulness and potential applications of utilizing tension in your chord progressions.
What a music theory book at age 13 taught me about how to look at chords, chord progressions and the emotions they’re capable of manifesting.
A handy guide for using borrowed chords in parallel scales and modes, to make your chord progressions more refreshing and unpredictable.
It’s not hard to break out of predictable chord patterns with a new mindset on harmony, and a bit of easy help from secondary dominants, too.
Learning to read or write music? Here’s a quick guide to making chords within the various scales and modes you might encounter in music theory.
Learning to read or write music? Here’s a quick-yet-deep primer on how key signatures work across major, minor, modal, blues and other tonalities.
We break down the devices that help Leon Bridges and Terrace Martin’s song, “Sweeter,” function on every level, musically, poetically, and emotionally.