Lesson

Lesson 1: Creating the "center" and "balance" of the song

This video should provide a very basic understanding of what tonality and atonality are and how they determine a song’s “centeredness” and “balance”; and also a general sense for how to hear and feel a song’s gravity. This might sound like hippie – dippie BS; but it’s a large part of all functional harmony and the form of music is in part shaped by its understanding.

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Additional References:

Basic Harmonic Functions

Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor

Flux Pavillion – Bass Cannon (song)

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