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Ch 6: Elements of Harmony in Music

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Elements of Harmony in Music - Chapter Summary

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  • Differentiate between simple and compound intervals
  • Define various types of intervals and main intervals
  • Share examples of triads in music
  • Identify and describe the chord families
  • Provide examples of seventh chords and describe chord inversions
  • Detail the history of and songs associated with the flatted fifth
  • Explain the meaning of dissonance in music
  • Describe texture and voices in music

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6 Lessons in Chapter 6: Elements of Harmony in Music
What are Triads in Music? - Definition & Examples

1. What are Triads in Music? - Definition & Examples

In music, a triad is a chord of three notes played simultaneously. Triads come in different varieties such as major, minor, augmented, and diminished. In this lesson, we will learn about triads in every form.

What are Seventh Chords? - Definition & Examples

2. What are Seventh Chords? - Definition & Examples

Composing music can be lots of fun, but you need to understand your chords to get it just right. In this lesson, we'll look at seventh chords, talk about how to make them, and see how to use them.

Chord Inversions: Triads & Seventh Chords

3. Chord Inversions: Triads & Seventh Chords

Chords are the foundation of any composition, so it's important to know how to build them. In this lesson, we'll look at inverted chords and see how a composition is affected when chords are inverted.

The Flatted Fifth: History, Music & Songs

4. The Flatted Fifth: History, Music & Songs

Music is full of tricks to create certain feelings or emotions. Today, we'll look at one of the most powerful intervals, the flattened fifth, and see how it has been used throughout history.

Dissonance in Music: Definition & Examples

5. Dissonance in Music: Definition & Examples

Dissonance is a sound created when two discordant notes are played in unison and is contrasted with harmony or consonance. Examples of dissonance in music can be found in the work of Beethoven, Chopin and Nirvana.

Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview

6. Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview

Why are background instruments important? What do 'thin' and 'thick' mean in a musical sense? Let's find out more about texture and how we use it to describe music.

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