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[Study Pack] Two Chord Structure – 2nds & Tritone

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Create evocative music by moving back and forth between two chords, or what we call a two-chord structure. If you are an entry-level musician, a basic knowledge of chords and intervals should be sufficient to get started. Many great musical ideas result from simple combinations of major and minor chords. You may be surprised by how versatile these two-chord structures can be.

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Overview

Create evocative music by moving back and forth between two chords, or what we call a two-chord structure. If you are an entry-level musician, a basic knowledge of chords and intervals should be sufficient to get started. Many great musical ideas result from simple combinations of major and minor chords. You may be surprised by how versatile these two-chord structures can be.

 

What’s Included

  • 6 Sheet Music, 6 Ensemble Scores (Concert Pitch) [PDF]
  • 12 Audio Files [MP3/320kbps]
  • *Mini Book [PDF/24 Pages]: Exploration of Two-Chord Structure & Comprehensive text analysis for all musical examples (14 pages)
  • Quizzes – Self-assessment quizzes are included for each study pack, allowing you to gauge your understanding of the content and enhance your comprehension.


*Mini Book provides a clickable URL that leads directly to the audio, enabling instant playback. Please ensure an internet connection is available.

Included in the package are downloadable audio files, music scores, and text analyses of the musical examples. Within this package, you’ll find the full-length editions of the lessons we covered (or will cover) in our posts. The topics covered here include:

  • Suspense, High Tension: Minor Chords a Half-Step Apart (Ex. 2-1-A, Ex. 2-1-B)
  • Dreamy, Upward Music: Major Chords a whole-step Apart – Pt.1&2 (Ex. 2-2-A, Ex. 2-2-B, Ex. 2-2-C)
  • Sci-Fi, Unfamiliarity, Outer Space: Major Chords a Tritone Apart (Ex. 2-3-A, Ex. 2-3-B, Ex. 2-3-C)
  • Dark, Perilous, Evil: Minor Chords a Tritone apart (Ex. 2-4-A, Ex. 2-4-B, Ex. 2-4-C)
  • Composition with Two-Chord Structures: 2nds and Tritones Apart (Ex. 2-5)

 

 

Audio playback of Ex. 2-2-C

 

Audio playback of Ex. 2-5

 

 

 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • Two-Chord Structure- 2nds Apart
  • Suspense, High Tension: Minor Chords a Half-Step Apart
  • Tips) Defining the Distance Between Chords
  • Ex. 2-1-A Minor Chords Min. 2nd Apart 1 [🎧 AUDIO]
  • Tips) The Power of Half-Steps
  • Ex. 2-1-B Minor Chords Min. 2nd Apart 2 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Theory in Depth) Minor-Major 7th Chord 
  • Dreamy, Upward Motion: Major Chords a Whole-Step Apart
  • Tips) Pedal point
  • Examples of Music with a Pedal Point
  • Ex. 2-2-A Major Chords Maj. 2nd Apart 1 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Ex. 2-2-B Major Chords Maj. 2nd Apart 2 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Ex. 2-2-C Major Chords Maj. 2nd Apart 3 🎧 [AUDIO] 
  • Two-Chord Structure- Tritone Apart
  • Sci-Fi, Unfamiliarity, Outer Space: Major Chords a Tritone Apart
  • Theory in Depth) Tritone
  • Ex. 2-3-A Major Chords a Tritone Apart 1 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Theory in Depth) Voicing Chords and Ascending
  • Ex. 2-3-B Major Chords a Tritone Apart 2 🎧[AUDIO]
  • Ex. 2-3-C Major Chords a Tritone Apart 3 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Stacking Two Chords a Tritone Apart – Jazz Harmony
  • Dark, Perilous, Evil: Minor Chords a Tritone Apart
  • Ex. 2-4-A Minor Chords a Tritone Apart 1 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Ex. 2-4-B Minor Chords a Tritone Apart 2 🎧 [AUDIO]
  • Ex. 2-4-C Minor Chords a Tritone Apart 3 (Orchestrated) 🎧 [AUDIO] 
  • Practical Application
  • Composition with Two-Chord structures: 2nds and Tritones Apart
  • Ex. 2-5 Two-Chord Structures 2nds and Tritones Apart 🎧[AUDIO]

Score Notations

  • To ensure brevity and clarity, we utilize “condensed scores” for large ensemble/orchestral compositions. For instance, instead of notating individual brass instruments separately, we condense them into a single staff labeled as “high brass.”
  • Certain musical notations, such as breath markings for winds and brass, harp tuning, piano pedaling, etc., are not explicitly indicated in the scores.
  • Most transposing instruments, like clarinets and horns, are written in concert pitch to avoid confusion. However, some instruments in our scores produce sounds at a different octave than written (e.g., the Contrabass sounds an octave lower, and the Glockenspiel sounds 2 octaves higher).
  • Whenever feasible, we include chord symbols in the scores to provide a summary of the harmony. However, in cases where the music doesn’t easily translate into traditional harmony, we omit chord symbols.
  • While percussion plays a vital role in many arrangements, our lessons primarily focus on harmonic concepts. Consequently, percussion notation is generally omitted.

 

Before You Buy

  • License – Personal use only. Do not distribute.
  • Each purchase allows for up to ten downloads. If you need additional downloads, please reach out to us here.

 

Additional Resource

Additional resources related to this topic (video lessons, text analyses, score PDFs, and audio files) can be found on our partner site, Behindthescore.org.

[Study Pack] Two Chord Structure – 2nds & Tritone
Original price was: $22.99.Current price is: $13.99.