Hollywood Chords – The most popular film music composition technique

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This is an excerpt lesson from the [STUDY PACK] TWO CHORD STRUCTURE – 3RDS APART & PRACTICAL APPLICATION 2. Complete editions of video lessons, music scores (PDF), score analysis (PDF), and HD music examples used in this lesson can be viewed here. HOLLYWOOD CHORDS – INTRODUCTION Here, we explore creating evocative music by moving back … Read more

Enharmonics in orchestration

Chord Arpeggios

In mm. 1-2, you may wonder why the lowest cello note is written as a D♯ instead of an E♭. The notes E♭ and B spell an augmented 5th interval, which is somewhat awkward to read. By using the enharmonic equivalent (D♯), the interval becomes a 6th, which is much easier for a cellist to … Read more

Compose dreamy music – unlocking the magic of two major chords (Pt.1)

Major Chord Progressions – Dreamy, Upward Music This is an excerpt lesson taken from Behind the Score. Full video lessons, PDF scores, and MP3 audio files on this topic can be found here: Creating Mood Instantly with Two-Chord Structures Click here to access the music scores (PDF) and audio files used in this article. In this … Read more

Suspense, High Tension: Minor Chords a Half-Step Apart – Pt.2

Create Suspense Using Two Chords Continuing from part 1, we’ll take a look at how we can build a bigger ensemble piece using the previous two-chord structure of Em-Fm. Minor Chords Min. 2nd Apart Ⅱ  (EX. 2-1-B) This is an excerpt lesson taken from Behind the Score. Full video lessons, PDF scores, and MP3 audio files … Read more

Suspense, High Tension: Minor Chords a Half-Step Apart – Pt.1

Create Suspense Using Two Chords This is an excerpt lesson taken from Behind the Score. Full video lessons, PDF scores, and MP3 audio files on this topic can be found here: Creating Mood Instantly with Two-Chord Structures Click here to access the music scores (PDF) and audio files used in this article. Our first structure consists … Read more