Course 5 – Harmony



What is harmony? Strictly speaking, harmony is defined as two or more notes playing simultaneously to create a chord. When harmony is used to create a series of chords, we call that a chord progression. A chord progression, also known as harmonic progression, is a tool used in western music to create the tension and resolution which is at the core of what makes a particular piece of music interesting and emotive.

Chords can be used to guide a listener on an emotional journey, to set the background for a great vocal performance, or to add a feeling of closure, or one of unresolve or tension. Let’s get into how to use harmonics and chord progressions to craft songs which move, lift, crescendo, whisper, and rouse!

Objectives:

Be able to identify consonance and dissonance in a harmonic progression.
Be able to demonstrate the use of polyphonic instruments.
Be able to create a harmonic progression through programming a MIDI sequence.
Be able to create a harmonic progression through programming a MIDI sequence as a result of using a digital audio workstation and a basic knowledge of music production.

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