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Elements of Harmony in Music - Chapter Summary
Our instructors bring the elements of harmony in music to life, providing fun overviews through engaging lessons. Explore these lessons to examine this subject closely. Once you've completed this chapter, you will have the knowledge to:
- 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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1. Simple vs. Compound Intervals: Definition & Concept
In music theory, intervals are a big deal. In this lesson, we're going to examine two of the main kinds of intervals, see how they're related, and examine the impact of each on music.
2. Main Intervals: Prime, Whole Tone, Semitone & Tritone
The relationship between the various notes in music matters. In this lesson, we are going to check out the concept of intervals, and look at some of the basic degrees of intervals in music.
3. Intervals: Perfect, Major, Minor, Diminished & Augmented
Between two notes, there are a world of possibilities. Or, at least twelve. In this lesson, we'll examine intervals and see how the relationship between pitches can impact the sounds you hear.
4. 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.
5. Chord Families: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant
How do you make music sound good? That question is at the heart of nearly every composition, and one key is knowing how chords fit in the key. We'll see what that means, and look at the three most important chord families.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Dissonance in Music: Definition & Examples
Dissonance is a sound created when two discordant notes are played in unison. Examples of dissonance in music can be found in the work of Beethoven, Chopin and Nirvana, as we'll learn in this lesson.
10. 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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