Harmony Recording Project


In this project, I created a simple melody, with the length of one period. I then attached a mixture of chords on to most of the notes. Before doing this project, we watched a video about how to make each of these techniques to make the song more interesting, Suspension, Augmentation, diminution, and polyphony.

My Harmony


I tried to structure my harmony by adding some 7th chords, such as at measure 6. I also tried to design it so that it would create tension with 7th chords, then it would release it. An example of that is at measures seven to eight. I tried using suspension at measure seven by carrying the chord underneath the two other notes. I’m not sure how effective it was, though. I tried to carry tension from the two quarter ntoes in measure 4 by using a minor Eb chord, then doing a F chord, to keep the Eb, but turning it to a seventh chord. I resolved it at the note after that, though.

Harmony Terms

  • Harmony didn’t start with music – renaissance
  • in nature, possible perfect celestial music – greeks, philosophical
  • heavenly music – angels
  • Harmony has been created slowly
  • Harmony is two or more sounds coming together for an effect
  • Western: Turning collision of notes into something better
  • 12th century, western changed from rest of world
  • Simple harmony: parallel notes
  • chord progression: chord not static
  • when a note in a melody collides with one of the drones, a three note chord is created
  • Harp: Harmonics: hidden notes – Bb contains other notes
  • gives rich and full quality
  • every note has a series of it’s own notes
  • we can only hear 1 or 3 of them
  • first clusters by europeans were created by teasing out the harmonics
  • Bb F D
  • every note has a chord
  • Minor triads
  • the third is half step lower
  • weaker harmonic
  • polyphony – when tow independent harmony and melody coincide
  • each note has possible 6 chords where it belongs
  • C: A, C, F. a, c, f
  • First need to identify important notes
  • Tonic-Dominant Relationship – chord progression
  • Dominant is shadow to tonic
  • alternate center of gravity
  • all classical composers became infatuated with tonic-dominant
  • journey from tonic to dominant
  • subdominant chord – third most popular – mirror image to dominant
  • F-5-C-5-G Spacing
  • primary triads
  • discord, or dissonance – when notes are put together when they shouldn’t be
  • passing notes
  • clearly passing through – cheating dissonance rules
  • ears have became fix dissonance
  • suspension
  • sitting notes that didn’t leave the sound – left from previous notes, and played with dissonant notes
  • creates tension
  • it’s normal to resolve tensions
  • composers began to graft chords to others
  • CDEBb C major added to Bb
  • 7th
  • turn into something more vulnerable
  • wants to move to a F Major
  • augmentation, diminution
  • 5th raised half-step
  • Taking away a bottom note


What I Learned and Problems I Solved

In this project, I learned a lot more about how to make good sounding chords, and how to make chords have more depth, rather than just adding major thirds and perfect fifths. I also learned techniques such as suspension, augmentation, diminution, and polyphony. A problem that I had was it being hard for me to figure out which chords came after eachother. Fortunately, I found a website that told me how to do that, https://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/common-chord-progressions.

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