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Need help with modern and simple piano score analysis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Feb 1. 3 Replies

Hi everyone,I have been studying jazz harmony but I usually have some problems in understanding how certain rules are applied in compositions. For example, I have written down a lot of common chord…Continue

Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee May 21, 2016. 11 Replies

Hi, after attending a class in modern harmony during this last months, I have some questions about the embellishments and chords used in a contemporary composition in A dorian, which is a little bit…Continue

How to classify an A/D chord?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alfred La Fleur Mar 27, 2016. 11 Replies

Hi, I would like to ask you how to classify an A/D chord, which is D, A and C# on the score.I know that it is a so called slash chord, but I am trying to analyse it from a harmony point of view.Is it…Continue

Guess the non-harmonic notes in a score

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alfred La Fleur Dec 31, 2015. 6 Replies

Hello to everyone, I am doing the chord analysis of the following score:SCOREThis is quite simple to analyse, but I have a…Continue

 

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Ingo Lee replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"There are many ways to approach composition, improvisation is a good way.  Cubase and Finale plus a midi keyboard should allow you record and then edit your improvisations as one approach.  You can create parameters to direct your…"
May 21, 2016
Alfred La Fleur replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"I play piano and keyboards (on an average level), I used to work with cubase and finale. I posted something on this forum a while ago, but I wasn't satisfied with the final results (very far from what I was thinking, even if in the right…"
May 21, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"Do you play an instrument? Are you working with scoring software or a DAW? Have you written some pieces? Like Bob says, theory only takes you so far."
May 20, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"Alfred, I encourage you to write what you think sounds good. Certainly experiment, but don't worry about the theory. Otherwise you will be hampered by rules. "
May 20, 2016
Alfred La Fleur replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"This is exactly what I am doing: the classes were mainly about jazz theory (even modern jazz), so that part is quite clear to me now. I am selecting some works to analyse made by the composer's that I like most, like the one posted here. I am…"
May 20, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"I think many artists spend a great deal of time studying works of other artists, either directly or through some educational institution.  I think you should define what artists (composers) have written works that you identify with and then…"
May 20, 2016
Alfred La Fleur replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"Hi, thanks for the answers. I am studying this piece by myself and is more advanced than what I have seen during the classes. I don't know if there is a misunderstanding with the word "modern", but certainly what I studied about…"
May 20, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"Bob has given you a good answer here. Music theory is primarily a tool used to help us understand the basic functions of western music. Being able to put a technical name on a sound only does so much for a listener though. If you are analyzing this…"
May 20, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"Alfred, Blues, jazz, and especially the Beatles all conform to traditional theory. Jazz would be the most daring of those. A truly contemporary piece would most certainly use things because "it sounded good." Not because it should be there…"
May 20, 2016
Alfred La Fleur replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"Hi Bob, I don't understand. I analysed a few other modern compositions (i.e. blues, jazz and Beatles) and all the embellishments are explainable, the harmony can be not straightforward but I understood why those chords have been used. This one…"
May 20, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score
"The term "modern harmony" might be an oxymoron. Why a "b" in measure 3? Why a "b" in the first measure? You can't analyze a contemporary piece using traditional theory. Like trying to decipher computer code using a…"
May 19, 2016
Alfred La Fleur posted a discussion

Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score

Hi, after attending a class in modern harmony during this last months, I have some questions about the embellishments and chords used in a contemporary composition in A dorian, which is a little bit tricky for me. You can find the score attached to this message.Bar 3: how do you explain the b in the melody?Bar 5: why did the author choose a Fmaj7? Maybe he wanted to have a bass going down by step (from F# to F to E)?Bar 9: is the f# in the melody a passing note? Do you think that the following…See More
May 19, 2016
Alfred La Fleur replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion How to classify an A/D chord?
"Yes, I will have to study contemporary harmony a little bit more."
Mar 27, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion How to classify an A/D chord?
"For one thing, you are using traditional theory to analyze a contemporary (and perhaps not well written) piece. Doesn't always work. "
Mar 25, 2016
Alfred La Fleur replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion How to classify an A/D chord?
"Hi, thanks to everyone who contributed. I still have a few doubts about this F#m/D, it is difficult for me to explain why it's there. 1.Let's say that it's F#m/D in bar 6, but in bar 8 there is the same chord without F#: I cannot…"
Mar 25, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Alfred La Fleur's discussion How to classify an A/D chord?
"I'm an old folk guitar player, so I don't read figured bass (though I know how) or "jazz" chords (which these are not). I guess it makes a difference if you consider the treble staff to be the melody and the bass staff to be…"
Mar 25, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
OST (video-games and cinema), 80s music
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Italy
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am a self-taught (wannabe) composer: usually improvise and record the piano but in the last period I am composing using many instruments.

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At 8:12pm on September 1, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Alfred, hope you enjoy the forum!

 
 
 

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