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Voice Leading Made Easy

Voice Leading Made Easy

When learning to write music in four-part harmony in root-position, it can seem quite daunting for the novice. There are so many things to avoid: parallel unisons, fifths and octaves; melodic movement by an augmented second or a tritone; awkward leaps, et cetera....
The Dynamics of Dissonance

The Dynamics of Dissonance

I would like to remind you blogees of an all-too- often-forgotten (or altogether-ignored!) concept of elegant musical performance: namely that, in general, DISSONANCES SHOULD BE PLAYED OR SUNG MORE LOUDLY THAN CONSONANCES. This rule applies to MELODIC dissonances on...

The Truth About Tempo

Most people, including many musicians, believe (or assume) that the surest way to ruin a piece of music is to perform it too SLOWLY, letting it “drag”. In reality, RUSHING through it is usually a far worse crime; an excessively quick tempo tends to rob the music of...