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Progression: Music Theory 111 – Where Melody Ends and Harmony Begins

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Hey dudes and dudettes,

I’m gearing up to drop my new album this month, so look out for a post on that in the future (probably next month) but for the meantime we can look at some hyper-cool music theory stuff.

Last month we covered the idea of Developing Musical Material. You’ll know by this point I’m going to rant about how I strongly advise you to go back and read through my previous articles which will will help contextualise what we know by this point. This month is where these separate puzzle pieces seem to start connecting, and creating a whole cohesive entity that is ‘Music Theory.’ We’ll be covering the idea of establishing harmony, mood, and feeling through the use of melody.

Let’s jam.

okay now these are just getting ridiculous, far too abstract, and honestly quite hard to follow

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Progression: Music Theory 110 – Development, Motifs, and Repetition

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I’m back in the writing room organising music theory tutelage for you folks, and it just dawned on me that I’ve been writing for this website for more than a year now. Life is good.

Last month we covered the idea of pivoting into seemingly unrelated key areas. As I’m sure you are all aware I will strongly advise you to go back and read through my previous articles as they will help contextualise what we know by this point. This month is an interesting one. This isn’t a music theory topic per se, but rather a skill for musical architecture. We’ll be covering the idea of motific development and creating music that cohesively builds on its musical material.

Let’s jam.

I’ve got a weird feeling that I’m clutching at straws with this whole “weird photos of sheet music” thing.

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Progression: Music Theory 109 – New Harmonic Territory

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Tuberz here with an awesome helping of music theory for you. I’ve spent the last few weeks detoxing from the release of The Great Australian Barbecue Bash (which was covered on this blog by a very hip and happening Chip Bit Sid). Last month we covered the idea of pivoting into closely related key areas, as well as harmonic planing. The usual disclaimer applies. Music theory is a vast topic, and if you don’t follow where we’re at with the content this month I would strongly recommend that you go back and revisit my previous articles. This month I’m covering the concept of pivoting into seemingly unrelated key areas. This is a deep topic, so it will be a bit denser than previous articles, but just as rewarding to read through.

Let’s jam.

Seriously, do you like… pay a guy to make weird photos of music theory or like what?

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Progression: Music Theory 108 – Extended Harmonic Devices, Pivoting, and Planing

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Tuberz here with both the first post of the year 2018 for the Chipwin Blog (!!!) and my eighth article in the realm of music theory. Christmas was great. New Years was dope. I ate far too much food and to even that out, I need to let a little bit of air out of my fat head. Last month we covered the idea of Time Signatures and debunking the myth surrounding its difficulty by breaking it down into twos and threes. As I’ve been covering music theory for eight months now, if you have difficulty at any point, don’t dismay! Just backtrack through my previous articles to help get your head around the theory concepts I’ll be discussing. This month I’m covering additional harmonic devices that you can use, including the idea of pivoting to other key areas, and the idea of diatonic and chromatic planing.

Let’s jam.

not that kind of planing… but perhaps this kind is more exciting

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Progression: Music Theory 107 – Time Signatures and Subdivisions

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Tuberz here with my seventh article in the realm of music theory, and how you can take theory principles and apply them to your own jams. I’ve just returned from a hecking good, heaps awesome trip to Finland for a research conference, and Japan for… well… Japan. I guess. This gave me lots of time to organize my thoughts on this topic. Last month we covered the idea of secondary dominant chords, and other functional chords for pivoting into other keys and tonal areas. By this point, my articles may seem more like science fiction novels with a grounding in theoretical physics, so I think it may be wise to peruse some of my other articles to help bring you up to speed. This article is going to cover my favourite topic: Time signatures. We’ll talk about some other cool rhythmic ideas as well.

Let’s jam.

Do you like pay people for reference photos of sheet music with weird stuff on it or are you just resourceful?

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Progression: Music Theory 106 – Secondary Dominants, Modulation, and Temporary Tonicization

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Tuberz here with my sixth article in the realm of music theory, and the underpinnings of musical witchcraft (knowing lots of cool chords and stuff). Last month we covered the idea of chord substitution from the natural chords found in our modes in an attempt to jazz up our chord progressions to provide a more lush harmonic landscape. By this point my articles may be very hard to follow if you don’t have prior theory knowledge, so it is my strong recommendation for you to you go back and read my previous articles. This article is going to cover the use of secondary dominants in an attempt to solidify chord structures, modulate to other keys and harmonic areas, and temporarily set our tonic to a different chord.

Let’s jam.

Surely you must be running out of images of notation by now. It’s definitely a bit of a niche.

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