Hello! Last week my newsletter had a theme of time changes; this week it's key changes. In the Harmony and Chord Progressions course, we are focusing on modulations. And both my tip of the week and theory post are about keys.
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Tip of the Week
Sometimes when music modulates to a new key, it says there. But often, the change is just temporary, and it returns to the original key later. Depending on how long the passage in the new key is and how many accidentals would be required to write it, it’s common to not actually use a key signature for these temporary key changes. But for the cases where you do wish to use a key signature, MuseScore makes it easy. In this video post, I show you how to accomplish temporary key changes by adding a new key signature and restoring the old one in a single operation. By the way, the same trick works for clef and time signature changes.
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Music Master Class
This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we will be looking at some of your harmonic analyses performed for the Harmony and Chord Progressions course.
Often when we start to analyze harmony, we get so wrapped up in the labeling of each and every chord that we lose the big picture of what is happening. In music that is not completely diatonic, it is the places where the music leaves the key that tend to generate the most harmonic activity and interest. It can pay to focus on the changes of the key center and the use of non-diatonic chords within each key area to get a “big picture” view of the harmony. In this video post, I walk through a process for doing this using the Gershwin tune ‘S Wonderful as an example.