What is a Secondary Dominant in Music?

If you have ever analyzed a chord progression from a piece of music, you might have come across a chord that acts as a secondary dominant, which is one of the ways we can make music more interesting and add tension and release to a chord progression.  This article will go over exactly what a …

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Chord Symbols in Music: A Complete Guide

Chords are one of the most foundational aspects of music theory, and basically the tools with which harmony is thought of and created. They are so important that almost every piece of music you see or write will have chords, and a way to identify those chords quickly. This is why this post will help …

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What Is The Altered Scale in Music?

If you play or listen to jazz music, you might have come across what is called the Altered Scale. In this post, we’ll explore what exactly the Altered Scale is, and how to use it in music. But first, let’s go over what a scale is in the first place, and how to create one. …

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What is a Picardy Third in Music?

If you’ve listened to enough classical music or old choral hymns, chances are you’ve likely come across what’s known as the Picardy Third. It is less common in music nowadays, but it’s something foundational in music that is often taught in school.  This post will cover everything we need to know about a Picardy Third, …

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What is a Tritone Substitution?

Music theory as a whole is a very large topic, and it can be used to create some really interesting sounds and colors in a piece of music. It has a lot of rules, but the main rule above all is that any rule can be broken in service of the music. Once you’ve learned …

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What is a Tritone in Music?

If you’ve studied music theory, you have most likely heard the term tritone. It is usually connected with super scary music, like horror film scores or Halloween sounds, or music with a lot of tension that wants to resolve or move away.  In this post we’ll be answering the question: what is a tritone? How …

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What is a Tetrachord In Music?

In music, chords are the main building blocks of harmony and songs in general. There are many different kinds of chords, and each has a different harmonic function and reason why they work in the music. In post we will be defining what a tetrachord is, how it’s used in music and how to create …

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