What is Harmonic Function in Music?

In music, you’ll often hear people talk about how specific notes or chords “function” in a certain song. How these notes and chords function is linked with the harmonies they create.  This article is all about harmonic function in music – what is it, how does it work, and how can we analyze it? To …

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What Is Negative Harmony?

Negative Harmony sounds like a made-up term, but it’s actually a real music theory tool you can use to create interesting and unique chord progressions and melodies. However, it’s a very complex and multi-layered concept, and involves a lot of calculations. If you’ve ever heard the joke that music theory is basically just mathematics, the …

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An Overview Of The Medieval Music Period

The tradition of Western classical music stretches all the way back from 500AD right up to the 20th and 21st Centuries, and can be split into six main periods or eras. The Medieval period is the first of these and, at around 900 years in length, is by far the longest. This guide will look …

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What Is Relative Pitch In Music?

Some musicians are said to have relative pitch, but what exactly does this mean? Is it something you can learn or are you born with it. Can you practice it and what should you do to get better? This article will look at everything to do with relative pitch in music. But first, what even …

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What Is Perfect Pitch In Music?

In music, some people are said to have perfect pitch. What exactly does this mean? And can everyone have perfect pitch?  This article answers all of your questions about perfect pitch. But first, let’s recap what pitch means in music.  What is Pitch in Music?  In music, when you play an instrument or sing a …

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What Is Modulation In Music?

In music, modulation is one of the most common things to happen in songs that you might recognize when you hear it but not know what the word is to describe it. It’s a big word and not one we would hear in everyday life. So, what exactly is modulation in music? To find out, …

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A Complete Guide To Classical Music Eras

The European classical music tradition stretches all the way back from the Middle Ages – and as early as 500AD – up to the 20th and 21st Centuries. A number of things link all this music together, but one of the defining features of Western art music, as it is sometimes called, is the use …

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What is a Diminished Chord?

Most music that you hear on the radio or play in a band is made up of chords. There are many different types of chords, but the four most common types are major chords, minor chords, augmented chords, and diminished chords. In this post we’ll take a look at diminished chords – what are they, …

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What is a Leitmotif In Music? A Complete Guide

In music, a leitmotif is a relatively unknown concept, though it is super common. If you’ve ever watched famous films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or the Avengers films, you’ve heard leitmotifs, though you might not know it. This article will go over exactly what is a leitmotif, why we use …

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