This post provides a comprehensive overview of what functional harmony is. It covers key topics such as chord progressions, chord functions, voice leading, cadences, and modulation. The post highlights the importance of understanding functional harmony in order to analyse, compose, and perform music effectively and deepen one’s appreciation of music.
It is safe to assume that inspiration doesn’t come out of nowhere. With that said, we need to prepare and plan for creativity, be it musical or related to any other activity.
An example of how chromatic mediant relationships can sound by creating unexpected harmonies and also some tips on things you can do with rhythm to surprise your listeners.
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