Friday, July 11, 2014

Lecture 7. Harmony: Chords and How to Build Them

Published on Dec 7, 2012

Listening to Music (MUSI 112)

Professor Wright explains the way harmony works in Western music. Throughout the lecture, he discusses the ways in which triads are formed out of scales, the ways that some of the most common harmonic progressions work, and the nature of modulation. Professor Wright focuses particularly on the listening skills involved in hearing whether harmonies are changing at regular or irregular rates in a given musical phrase. His musical examples in this lecture are wide-ranging, including such diverse styles as grand opera, bluegrass, and 1960s American popular music.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Harmony
03:36 - Chapter 2. The Formation and Changing of Chords
19:50 - Chapter 3. Harmonic Progressions
35:54 - Chapter 4. Major and Minor Harmonies in Popular Music
42:38 - Chapter 5. Modulation through Harmony

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2008.

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