School of Rock – Day 4 – Harmony Basics

SUMMARY

I did multitudes of things relating to the composition of harmony in music.

CLASSROOM

How Harmony Works (47 minutes)

A note on an instrument has multiple frequencies, contributing to its rich sound.

 

LAB

“Four Chord Theory” explains that there’s a set of 4 chords that can pretty much work in most major pieces of composition.

PRACTICE ROOM

Quizlet Guitar Strings / Notes Flashcards

OUTSIDE / JOURNAL / IDEAS

Think about the Tonic (1 chord) and the Dominant (5 chord) and how they create push and pull, tension and release in composition.

  • Tonic (1 and 8 chords)
    • Root note creates a feeling of resolution and stability
  • Supertonic, Mediant, Submediant (2, 3, 6 chords)
    • Moderate tension, useful for transitions
  • Dominant, Subdominant, Leading Tone (4, 5, 7 chords)
    • Create lots of tension to get to the tonic

Key of C Major Notes and Chords Chart (PDF)

STUDIO

I experimented and came up with a motif.

CONTROL ROOM

Quizlet Guitar Strings / Notes Flashcards

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

I learned the basics of GarageBand, and the structure of music composition through seeing PJ go through his own process for the SpongeBob Remix we’re making. 

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