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Basic Musical Skills

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Basic Musical Skills MUSI 1310

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Luisa Stoltenberg
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Date Created: 09/21/15
Chapter 12 Triads in a Musical Context 472009 11100 PM Labeling Triads o Roman numeral analysis is the preferred method in theoretical discussions of music when an understanding of the relationship between the triads is significant o Chord symbol identi cation appears most frequently as a performing system in popular music jazz and rock o Guitar tablature identifies triads for guitar players indicating how to produce the desired chord Roman Numeral Analysis o Uppercase and lowercase roman numerals identify both the scale degree on which a triad is built as well as the quality of each particular triad Chord Symbols o Letter name of the triad is substituted for the roman numeral o No longer indicates the relationship of the various triads to the key o Conveys triad information more directly and is useful in a variety of performing situations Guitar Tablature o Tells guitar players what physical action to make in order to produce the desired triad o Unlike musical staff notation which is a visual representation of the actual sound tablature tells us how to go about making that sound o Usually appears above the melody line of a song and uses small diagrams such as the following to indicate the appropriate chords for the music Seventh Chords c When you have four notes instead of three o Interval between root and fourth note is a perfect seventh Dominant Seventh Chords o Always a major triad with an added minor seventh above the root True for both major and minor keys This constant structure a major triad with an added minor seventh is what gives the dominant seventh chord its characteristic sound Diatonic Seventh Chords o Dominant seventh chord is referred to as Mm7 but there are also other chords 0 MM7 o Mm7 Inversions of Seventh Chords o Three possible inversions of a seventh chord beyond root position o Name of the inversion is determined by the lowest sounding note just as in the inversion of triads Block Chords o Composers write triads as vertical and harmonious so our ears are directed towards the sound of the vertical triads rather than horizontal playing Arpeggiations o Composers also choose arpeggiations rather than block chords in order to avoid directing the listener s attention too strongly toward the vertical aspects of the harmony


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