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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Triadic Harmony

Through the study of intervals, you have no doubt learned more about the C major scale as well. This, however, represents only a small beginning. You can acquire knowledge of a particular scale system in this way, but you also need to build upon it and extend it. One of the most important areas to learn about a particular scale is the possibilities it offers for building chords, especially those involving more than two notes. I use the word “building” in this context because in a chord you are piling up a stack of musical notes to be heard at the same time. Hopefully, you will put together that stack using tangible principles—hence the notion of building chords.

Chord Progressions

Every scale offers a characteristic series of ...

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