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Harmony for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 5. Voicing the Common Triad and Its Inversions

The common triad is a chord of three notes that has provided the mainstay of musical harmony for many hundreds of years. This is for the simple reason that the common triad represents what is perhaps the most perfect and harmonious combination of more than two notes as it is possible to get. For this reason, composers and songwriters throughout the ages have continued to find in the common triad a resource for their music that has—and probably always will have—a perpetual appeal to the human ear. Indeed, it does not matter what kind of music you write, in one form or another you will be using common triads. Because of this, one of the first jobs of the student of musical harmony is to study ...

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