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Form As Harmony in Rock Music

Author: Drew Nobile
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 297
Release: 2020-05-12
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0190948353
Rating: 4.8/5 (53 downloads)

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"There's a moment in Janis Joplin's rendition of "Piece of My Heart" that anyone who has heard the song even once will recall vividly. I'm referring of course to Joplin's explosive cry of "take it!" about a minute in, right at the beginning of the chorus. This moment seems to embody all of rock's essential elements: freedom, power, personal expression, heartache, rebellion, etc. But that moment, iconic as it is, is more than a moment. Its strength is completely lost if we remove it from its musical context. Imagine playing someone just that second or two of music and expecting an emotional reaction you will more likely be met with bewilderment than excitement. The powerful effect of Joplin's cry derives as much from the material surrounding it as from what happens at that particular point in time. To understand that moment we must therefore consider it in relation to the song's organization as a whole. That central question how a song is organized in time underlies the concept of musical form. Form is often presented in opposition to content, the latter referring to more tangible musical elements such as notes and rhythms. The two are not so easily separated, though; as the "Piece of My Heart" example attests, we perceive content through the lens of form, each moment's meaning dependent on its role within the song's temporal organization. Music builds its communicative capacity upon its formal foundation; studying form is thus not a matter of zooming in on one particular musical aspect, but rather sets the stage for understanding all of a song's various expressive elements. Form, in other words, is the gateway to interpretation. This book offers a comprehensive theory of form in rock music. My basic premise is that rock songs are cohesive entities, gradually unfolding through time a unified musical structure. Their formal components are not merely discrete elements arranged in succession but interdependent, dialogic utterances, each fulfilling a particular role in relation to the whole. Seen this way, rock form is inherently a process, an active, temporal journey, not a series of musical containers; "a self-realizing verb, unspooling itself through time, not a static noun," as James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy put it (2006, 616). In other words, form is something a song does, not something it is. A conception of form as process underlies much contemporary discussion of classical form (Schmalfeldt 2011, Hepokoski and Darcy 2006, Caplin 1998); discussions of form in rock, though, tend toward an object-oriented approach, focusing on dividing a song into labeled sections rather than describing its temporal development.1 Rock-oriented studies that reflect a more processual approach, such as Robin Attas's 2015 article on buildup introductions and Allan Moore's 2012 monograph Song Means, generally eschew large-scale thinking in favour of moment-to-moment interpretations; Moore specifically states that he \see[s] little to be gained from [discussing more global formal terms] . . . it implies a `god's-eye perspective,' which does not seem to be part of the popular song experience, where what matters is exactly where one is at a particular point in time" (84). I do not believe a focus on process is incompatible with large-scale thinking, though. My aim in this book is to bring a process-based approach to the study of rock's large-scale structures"--

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Rock Tonality Amplified

Author: Brett Clement
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2023-03-28
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1000836622
Rating: 4.6/5 (22 downloads)

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Rock Tonality Amplified presents an in-depth exploration of rock tonality. Building on several decades of research, this book develops a comprehensive music theory designed to make sense of several essential components of tonality. Within, readers learn to locate the chords they hear through various methods, to understand and predict harmonic resolution tendencies, and to identify the functions of chords as they appear in musical contexts. Further, the book offers a conceptual framework to describe tonal relations that are played out through entire songs, allowing readers to recognize the features that contribute to tonal unity in songs and the ones that are employed to create musical drama. The book contributes to a wealth of methodologies in music theory, making it of broad interest to music scholars and students. Further, it balances speculative and practical approaches so that it has clear applications for analysis and pedagogy. It includes numerous musical figures and cites hundreds of songs from a wide variety of artists. Each chapter concludes with additional practice activities, allowing for easy adaptation to various pedagogical purposes.

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How Sonata Forms

Author: Yoel Greenberg
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2022-06-10
Genre: History
ISBN: 0197526284
Rating: 4.6/5 (84 downloads)

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Traditional approaches to musical form have always adopted a top-down perspective whereby a work's form organizes and unifies the individual parts of the work through an overarching logic. How Sonata Forms turns this view on its head, proposing instead that it was the parts that conditioned and enabled the whole. Relying on a corpus of over a thousand works, author Yoel Greenberg illustrates how the elements of sonata form arose independently of one another, with an overarching idea of form only emerging at the tail end of its formative period during the eighteenth century. Appreciation of the bottom-up nature of sonata form's evolution reveals it not as a stable package of features that all serve a common aesthetic or formal goal, but rather as an unstable collection of disparate and sometimes even contradictory common practices. The resolution of these contradictions presents a challenge to composers, rendering form a creative catalyst in itself, rather than as a compositional convenience. More generally, the deeply diachronic perspective of How Sonata Forms offers an alternative to the traditional synchronic outlook that pervades music theory in general and the study of form in particular. Rather than focus on definitions and taxonomies, How Sonata Forms proposes a focus on the motion of the system of form as a whole, suggesting that it is often more productive to appreciate the dynamics of a system than it is to rigorously define its parts.

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The Musical Language of Italian Opera, 1813-1859

Author: William Rothstein
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 601
Release: 2022-11-15
ISBN: 0197609686
Rating: 4.9/5 (86 downloads)

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Though studying opera often requires attention to aesthetics, libretti, staging, singers, compositional history, and performance history, the music itself is central. This book examines operatic music by five Italian composers--Rossini, Bellini, Mercadante, Donizetti, and Verdi--and one non-Italian, Meyerbeer, during the period from Rossini's first international successes to Italian unification. Detailed analyses of form, rhythm, melody, and harmony reveal concepts of musical structure different from those usually discussed by music theorists, calling into question the notion of a common practice. Taking an eclectic analytical approach, author William Rothstein uses ideas originating in several centuries, from the sixteenth to the twenty-first, to argue that operatic music can be heard not only as passionate vocality but also in terms of musical forms, pitch structures, and rhythmic patterns--that is, as carefully crafted music worth theoretical attention. Although no single theory accounts for everything, Rothstein's analysis shows how certain recurring principles define a distinctively Italian practice, one that left its mark on the German repertoire more familiar to music theorists.

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Exploring Musical Spaces

Author: Julian Hook
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 681
Release: 2022-09-08
ISBN: 0190246014
Rating: 4.6/5 (14 downloads)

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Exploring Musical Spaces is a comprehensive synthesis of mathematical techniques in music theory, written with the aim of making these techniques accessible to music scholars without extensive prior training in mathematics. The book adopts a visual orientation, introducing from the outset a number of simple geometric models--the first examples of the musical spaces of the book's title--depicting relationships among musical entities of various kinds such as notes, chords, scales, or rhythmic values. These spaces take many forms and become a unifying thread in initiating readers into several areas of active recent scholarship, including transformation theory, neo-Riemannian theory, geometric music theory, diatonic theory, and scale theory. Concepts and techniques from mathematical set theory, graph theory, group theory, geometry, and topology are introduced as needed to address musical questions. Musical examples ranging from Bach to the late twentieth century keep the underlying musical motivations close at hand. The book includes hundreds of figures to aid in visualizing the structure of the spaces, as well as exercises offering readers hands-on practice with a diverse assortment of concepts and techniques.

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Lines and Lyrics

Author: Matt BaileyShea
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2021-11-30
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 030024567X
Rating: 4.5/5 (7 downloads)

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An introduction to poetry geared toward the study of song "Fusing an approach that engages both lyrics and musical content of English-language songs in a wide swath of genres, Lines and Lyrics gives readers the tools and concepts to help them better interpret songs, in an accessible and enjoyable format."--Victoria Malawey, author of A Blaze of Light In Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice "I can think of no other book that juxtaposes art song and pop song so effectively, in a way that doesn't privilege one over the other. This is a real achievement, and a must-have for anyone who loves words and songs."--Stephen Rodgers, University of Oregon Bruce Springsteen, Benjamin Britten, Kendrick Lamar, Sylvia Plath, Outkast, and Anne Sexton collide in this inventive study of poetry and song. Drawing on literary poetry, rock, rap, musical theater, and art songs from the Elizabethan period to the present, Matt BaileyShea reveals how every issue in poetry has an important corresponding status in song, but one that is always transformed. Beginning with a discussion of essential features such as diction, meter, and rhyme, the book progresses into the realms of lineation, syntax, form, and address, and culminates in an analysis of two complete songs. Throughout, BaileyShea places classical composers and poets in conversations with contemporary songwriters and musicians (T. S. Eliot and Johnny Cash, Aaron Copland and Pink Floyd) so that readers can make close connections across time, genres, and fields, but also recognize inherent differences. To aid the reader, the author has created a Spotify playlist of all the music discussed in this book and provides time cues throughout, enabling readers to listen to the music as they read.

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Hypermetric Manipulations in Haydn and Mozart

Author: Danuta Mirka
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 409
Release: 2021
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0197548903
Rating: 4.8/5 (3 downloads)
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"This book presents a systematic discussion of hypermeter and phrase structure in eighteenth-century music. It combines perspectives from historical and modern music theory with insights from the cognitive study of music and introduces a dynamic model of hypermeter, which allows the analyst to trace the effect of hypermetric manipulations in real time. This model is applied in analyses of string chamber music by Haydn and Mozart. The analyses shed a new light upon this celebrated musical repertoire, but the aim of this book goes far beyond an analytical survey of specific compositions. Rather, it is to give a comprehensive account of the ways in which phrase structure and hypermeter were described by eighteenth-century music theorists, conceived by eighteenth-century composers, and perceived by eighteenth-century listeners"--

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The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research

Author: Allan Moore
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2020-07-09
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1501330470
Rating: 4.0/5 (7 downloads)

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The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research is the first comprehensive academic survey of the field of rock music as it stands today. More than 50 years into its life and we still ask - what is rock music, why is it studied, and how does it work, both as music and as cultural activity? This volume draws together 37 of the leading academics working on rock to provide answers to these questions and many more. The text is divided into four major sections: practice of rock (analysis, performance, and recording); theories; business of rock; and social and culture issues. Each chapter combines two approaches, providing a summary of current knowledge of the area concerned as well as the consequences of that research and suggesting profitable subsequent directions to take. This text investigates and presents the field at a level of depth worthy of something which has had such a pervasive influence on the lives of millions.

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Hearing Homophony

Author: Megan Kaes Long
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-04-28
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0190851910
Rating: 4.1/5 (1 downloads)

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The question of tonality's origins in music's pitch content has long vexed many scholars of music theory. However, tonality is not ultimately defined by pitch alone, but rather by pitch's interaction with elements like rhythm, meter, phrase structure, and form. Hearing Homophony investigates the elusive early history of tonality by examining a constellation of late-Renaissance popular songs which flourished throughout Western Europe at the turn of the seventeenth century. Megan Kaes Long argues that it is in these songs, rather than in more ambitious secular and sacred works, that the foundations of eighteenth century style are found. Arguing that tonality emerges from features of modal counterpoint - in particular, the rhythmic, phrase structural, and formal processes that govern it - and drawing on the arguments of theorists such as Dahlhaus, Powers, and Barnett, she asserts that modality and tonality are different in kind and not mutually exclusive. Using several hundred homophonic partsongs from Italy, Germany, England, and France, Long addresses a historical question of critical importance to music theory, musicology, and music performance. Hearing Homophony presents not only a new model of tonality's origins, but also a more comprehensive understanding of what tonality is, providing novel insight into the challenging world of seventeenth-century music.

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A Blaze of Light in Every Word

Author: Victoria Malawey
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-05-01
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0190052228
Rating: 4.2/5 (28 downloads)

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The human singing voice holds immense power - to convey mood, emotion, and identity in songs, provide music's undeniable "wow" moments, and communicate a pop song's meaning perhaps more than any other musical parameter. And unlike the other aspects of musical content - like harmony, form, melody, and rhythm, for which generations of scholars have formed sophisticated analyses - scholarly approaches to vocal delivery remain grossly underdeveloped. An exciting and much-needed new approach, A Blaze of Light in Every Word presents a systematic and encompassing conceptual model for analyzing vocal delivery. Author Victoria Malawey focuses on three overlapping areas of inquiry - pitch, prosody, and quality - while drawing on research from music theory and pedagogy as well as gender studies and philosophy to situates the sonic and material aspects of vocal delivery among broader cultural, philosophical, and anthropological approaches to voice. Malawey develops a much-needed and innovative set of analytical tools through in-depth analyses of popular song recordings in genres spanning from hip hop to death metal. A Blaze of Light in Every Word brings new clarity to the relationship between the voice's sonic content and its greater signification, helping us understand the complexity and uniqueness of singing voices.

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Twentieth-Century Music in the West

Author: Tom Perchard
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 495
Release: 2022-10-06
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1108481981
Rating: 4.1/5 (81 downloads)

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"Introduction Steve Reich pitched up in San Francisco in September 1961. He was a young musician, one who had been taken by the early-century work of the Hungarian composer and folklorist Béla Bartók, and he had journeyed west from New York in the hope of studying with Leon Kirchner, a composer in the rough-lyric Bartók tradition who'd been teaching at Mills College. But Kirchner had just left for Harvard, so Reich ended up working at Mills under Luciano Berio. Over the course of the previous decade, Berio had become identified as a figurehead of the European post-war avant-garde: his ultramodern serialist work was quite a different proposition to Kirchner's own"--

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The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition

Author: Richard Ashley
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 590
Release: 2017-06-26
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1351761943
Rating: 4.1/5 (43 downloads)

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This Companion addresses fundamental questions about the nature of music from a psychological perspective. Music cognition is presented as the field that investigates the psychological, physiological, and physical processes that allow music to take place, seeking to explain how and why music has such powerful and mysterious effects on us. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of research in music cognition, balancing accessibility with depth and sophistication. A diverse range of global scholars-music theorists, musicologists, pedagogues, neuroscientists, and psychologists-address the implications of music in everyday life while broadening the range of topics in music cognition research, deliberately seeking connections with the kinds of music and musical experiences that are meaningful to the population at large but are often overlooked in the study of music cognition. Consisting of over forty essays, the volume is organized by five primary themes. The first section, "Music from the Air to the Brain," provides a neuroscientific and theoretical basis for the book. The next three sections are based on musical actions: "Hearing and Listening to Music," "Making and Using Music," and "Developing Musicality." The closing section, "Musical Meanings," returns to fundamental questions related to music's meaning and significance, seen from historical and contemporary perspectives.

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Popular Music Theory and Analysis

Author: Thomas Robinson
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 347
Release: 2017-04-21
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1315465280
Rating: 4.5/5 (8 downloads)

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Popular Music Theory and Analysis: A Research and Information Guide uncovers the wealth of scholarly works dealing with the theory and analysis of popular music. This annotated bibliography is an exhaustive catalog of music-theoretical and musicological works that is searchable by subject, genre, and song title. It will support emerging scholarship and inquiry for future research on popular music.

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Popular Music in America: The Beat Goes On

Author: Michael Campbell
Publsiher: Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-01-01
Genre: Education
ISBN: 1337671967
Rating: 4.1/5 (67 downloads)

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Michael Campbell’s bestselling POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA remains the industry standard in breadth of coverage, readability and musical focus. Students follow the evolution of popular music from the mid-19th century to the present with discussions of connections, contrasts and patterns of influence among artists, styles and eras. The new fifth edition offers an in-depth section on 21st century music, helping instructors to connect to their students through a modern lens. Units are clearly defined by style and timeframe, and chapters feature narrowly focused objectives. This edition features a vibrant, richly illustrated, magazine-like design that appeals to visually oriented readers. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

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Gender and Rock

Author: Mary Celeste Kearney
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 401
Release: 2017
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0199359512
Rating: 4.9/5 (12 downloads)

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Gender & Rock introduces readers to how gender operates in multiple sites within rock culture, including its music, imagery, technologies, and business practices. Additionally, it explores how rock culture, despite a history of regressive gender politics, has provided a place for musicians and consumers to experiment with alternate ways of being.

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The Musical Language of Rock

Author: David Temperley
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 313
Release: 2018
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0190653779
Rating: 4.3/5 (79 downloads)

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In all of the books about rock music, relatively few focus on the purely musical dimensions of the style: dimensions of harmony and melody, tonality and scale, rhythm and meter, phrase structure and form, and emotional expression. The Musical Language of Rock puts forth a new, comprehensive theoretical framework for the study of rock music by addressing each of these aspects. Eastman music theorist and cognition researcher David Temperley brings together a conventional music-analytic approach with statistical corpus analysis to offer an innovative and insightful approach to the genre. With examples from across a broadly defined rock idiom encompassing everything from the Beatles to Deep Purple, Michael Jackson to Bonnie Raitt, The Musical Language of Rock shows how rock musicians exploit musical parameters to achieve aesthetic and expressive goals-for example, the manipulation of expectation and surprise, the communication of such oppositions as continuity/closure and tension/relaxation, and the expression of emotional states. A major innovation of the book is a three-dimensional model of musical expression-representing valence, energy, and tension-which proves to be a powerful tool for characterizing songs and also for tracing expressive shifts within them. The book includes many musical examples, with sound clips available on the book's website. The Musical Language of Rock presents new insights on the powerful musical mechanisms which have made rock a hallmark of our contemporary musical landscape.

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Everything in its Right Place

Author: Brad Osborn Ph.D.
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2016-10-03
Genre: Music
ISBN: 019062924X
Rating: 4.9/5 (4 downloads)

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More than any rock artist since The Beatles, Radiohead's music inhabits the sweet spot between two extremes: on the one hand, music that is wholly conventional and conforms to all expectations of established rock styles, and, on the other hand, music so radically experimental that it thwarts any learned notions. While averting mainstream trends but still achieving a significant level of success in both US and UK charts, Radiohead's music includes many surprises and subverted expectations, yet remains accessible within a framework of music traditions. In Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead, Brad Osborn reveals the functioning of this reconciliation of extremes in various aspects of Radiohead's music, analyzing the unexpected shifts in song structure, the deformation of standard 4/4 backbeats, the digital manipulation of familiar rock 'n' roll instrumentation, and the expected resolutions of traditional cadence structures. Expanding on recent work in musical perception, focusing particularly on form, rhythm and meter, timbre, and harmony, Everything in its Right Place treats Radiohead's recordings as rich sonic ecosystems in which a listener participates in an individual search for meaning, bringing along expectations learned from popular music, classical music, or even Radiohead's own compositional idiolect. Radiohead's violations of these subjective expectation-realization chains prompt the listener to search more deeply for meaning within corresponding lyrics, biographical details of the band, or intertextual relationships with music, literature, or film. Synthesizing insights from a range of new methodologies in the theory of pop and rock, and specifically designed for integration into music theory courses for upper level undergraduates, Everything in its Right Place is sure to find wide readership among scholars and students, as well as avid listeners who seek a deeper understanding of Radiohead's distinctive juxtapositional style.

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What is the harmony of rock music? ›

One key difference between rock and classical harmony is that chords in pop/rock music are almost always root-position triads or seventh chords. This affects the “rules” of harmonic syntax, as 6/3 chords in classical progressions are replaced by 5/3 chords in pop/rock progressions.

What are the 3 types of harmony? ›

Most chords in western music are based on "tertian" harmony, or chords built with the interval of thirds. In the chord C Major7, C–E is a major third; E–G is a minor third; and G to B is a major third. Other types of harmony consist of quartal and quintal harmony.

What is harmony your answer? ›

harmony is the blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch or quality, making chords: harmony in part singing; harmony between violins and horns. melody is the rhythmical combination of successive sounds of various pitch, making up the tune or air: a tuneful melody to accompany cheerful words.

What are the two most common types of harmonies? ›

We have two main types of harmony: dissonant and consonant. The dissonant harmony will sound jarring. Consonant harmony sounds smooth and blends naturally to our ears.

What are the 4 types of harmony? ›

Four-part harmony is a traditional system of organising chords for 4 voices: soprano, alto, tenor and bass (known together as SATB). The term 'voice' or 'part' refers to any musical line whether it is a melody sung by singers, a long note played on an instrument or anything in between.

How do you explain harmony in music? ›

harmony, in music, the sound of two or more notes heard simultaneously. In practice, this broad definition can also include some instances of notes sounded one after the other.

What are the four basic rules of harmony? ›

Double the root or fifth in root position chords. Double any note in first inversion chords. Double the fifth in second inversion chords. Double the third in diminished chords.

What is the most common form of harmony? ›

Here are the three most popular and important forms of harmony.
  • Diatonic harmony. This is music where the notes and chords all trace back to a master scale. ...
  • Non-diatonic harmony. Non-diatonic harmony introduces notes that aren't all part of the same master scale. ...
  • Atonal harmony.
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What is the most common harmony? ›

Thirds: The most common type of harmonization is a third above or a third below the melody note. For instance, if the melody of your favorite song calls for the note A over an F major chord, this means the melody is using the third scale degree.

What is an example of harmony in a song? ›

An example of harmony can be when one listens to two flutes playing the same song but with different notes being played by the same instrument. Another example can be when two people are singing the same lines in a song, but they are singing in a different notes.

What is harmony and example? ›

In music, a harmony refers to two or more complementary notes played or sung at the same time. For example, a choir may sing in harmony, with one section singing the melody while other sections sing the accompanying harmony.

What are the best harmonies? ›

7 Songs With Utterly Mind-Blowing Harmonies
  • Beach Boys – I Get Around.
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Il Divo – Time To Say Goodbye.
  • Boyz II Men – End of the Road.
  • Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait.
  • The Beatles – Don't Let Me Down.
  • The Lumineers – Hey Ho.
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How do you make good harmonies? ›

Try building some major chords and then some minor chords and listen carefully to the difference in sound. Move from chord to chord to create a chord progression. Minor chords sound sad and major chords sound happy. Every song uses both types of piano chords whether they are written in a major key or a minor key.

How can I make my harmonies sound better? ›

5 ways to write lush vocal harmony
  1. Use parallel motion to create chords. Parallel motion is the easiest way to create a vocal harmony line. ...
  2. Follow the chord tones of the song's progression. ...
  3. Use a second complimentary melody. ...
  4. Create harmonies with MIDI and your DAW. ...
  5. Use pedal point for easy oblique motion.
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What are the five aspects of harmony? ›

In any composition principles of harmony have five aspects of harmony: (1) line and shape, (2) size, (3) texture, (4) idea, and (5) color. Harmony of lines in a composition: The types of lines in a composition can be reduced to three main groups: Harmony through repetition of lines in a composition.

How do you identify a harmony? ›

How do you identify harmony? Whenever more than one note is played at the same time, you have harmony. To identify harmony, look for tones sung outside of the main melody.

How do you learn harmonies? ›

Here are four effective (and fun) ways to learn how to sing harmony:
  1. Sing along with the harmonies of your favorite recordings. This is how I taught myself to hear harmonies. ...
  2. Join a choir – (anything but 1st soprano) ...
  3. Practice harmonic ear training exercises. ...
  4. Apply your music theory knowledge.

What word is the best description for harmony in music? ›

In music, harmony is a pleasing combination and progression of chords. If it makes you wince, it's lacking harmony. Synonyms for harmony include accord, concord, cooperation, like-mindedness, and unanimity.

What words describe harmony? ›

  • peace.
  • concord.
  • unity.
  • solidarity.
  • compatibility.
  • comity.
  • peacefulness.
  • collaboration.

What are the basic units of harmony? ›

Chords are traditionally considered to be the basic units of harmony. Chords are made up of intervals. First, each interval has a distinct acoustic character. These differences are an important basis for harmonic character.

Who had the best harmonies? ›

25 Best Harmony Songs or Bands
  1. The Beach Boys. Good Vibrations. In My Room. ...
  2. Mamas and Papas. California Dreamin' Monday, Monday.
  3. Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Suite Judy Blue Eyes. Helplessly Hoping. ...
  4. The Beatles. Nowhere Man. Because.
  5. Fleet Foxes. Quiet Houses.
  6. Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody. ...
  7. Boyz II Men. End of the Road. ...
  8. ELO. Strange Magic.
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What is form in harmony? ›

"Form refers to the larger shape of the composition. Form in music is the result of the interaction of the four structural elements," of sound, harmony, melody, and rhythm. Compositions that do not follow a fixed structure and rely more on improvisation are considered free-form. A fantasia is an example of this.

What are the two parts of harmony? ›

In a simple two-part harmony, the first person sings the melody and the second sings above or below that melody within the chord structure. In rock or pop music, a backup singer will harmonize with the lead singer by adjusting the pitch of her note based on the lead singer's pitch so that they are in tune.

What interval is best for harmonizing? ›

The most common two-note harmony is based on the interval of a third. Using a standard seven-note scale, such as the major scale or one of its modes, a note is paired with another one found two scale degrees higher.

What is God's original harmony? ›

Harmony with God

People were originally created to live in harmony with their Creator. God personally creates the soul of every individual, God loves each person in a special way and understands them completely. God originally intended everyone to be close to God and to live forever with God.

How does harmony affect the brain? ›

The key to pleasant music may be that it pleases our neurons. A new model suggests that harmonious musical intervals trigger a rhythmically consistent firing pattern in certain auditory neurons, and that sweet sounds carry more information than harsh … ones.

What does form mean in music? ›

musical form, the structure of a musical composition. The term is regularly used in two senses: to denote a standard type, or genre, and to denote the procedures in a specific work.

Why is it called harmony? ›

Harmony is a modern English name taken from the vocabulary word and from the musical term harmony which is ultimately derived from the Greek word harmonia. Harmonia was the Greek goddess of harmony and concord.
Harmony (given name)
Meaning“harmony” or “concord”
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What are 3 characteristics of rock music? ›

Features of rock music
  • guitar riff – a short repeated phrase that forms the basis of a song.
  • distortion – distortion happens when an amplified sound is changed to create a fuzzy or growling tone on a guitar.
  • amplification – amplified sound is when music is made louder, usually by using electronic equipment.

What is the rhythm of rock? ›

Propulsive rhythms: Most rock music is written in the 4/4 time signature, although some rock classics have been penned in triple meter like 3/4 and 12/8. Rock tempos vary immensely, but many rockers favor a range of 100 to 140 beats per minute.

What are examples of harmony in music? ›

An example of harmony can be when one listens to two flutes playing the same song but with different notes being played by the same instrument. Another example can be when two people are singing the same lines in a song, but they are singing in a different notes.

What is the melody in rock music? ›

A melody is a collection of musical tones that are grouped together as a single entity. Most compositions consist of multiple melodies working in conjunction with one another. In a rock band, the vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and bassist are all playing melodies on their respective instruments.


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