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List of David Luebbert's harmony projects Show me the tune descriptions
All compositions, ©1996-2008, David Luebbert. All rights reserved
22 harmony projects listed 
11-05-05 chords
A little invention created in five minutes using my workscore. Should lead to a pretty interesting melody.
11-05-05 chords plus
Two chords added to the 11-05-05 posting. This can be concatentated to that posting giving us a 14 bar form that I think will sound pretty interesting.
11-07-05 chords
Six bar pattern with irregular harmonic rhythm.
Ab Goal Chords
Progression repeatedly returns to chords of different type that are built on Ab roots.
Ab Goal Chords prime
extended Ab Goal Chords to 16 bars where D MA9 is the goal for most of the second half
C Full Cadence in minor
chords 11-18-05
chords 4-27-2009
Chord progresion I used for my "Melody 4-27-2009" submission.

Chords 6-27-2006
Complete Cycle of 7th chords
Complete Cycle of Major triads Perfec...
Evening 2-1-06
First Harmony Project
This is the first submission from a workscore to the Harmony Projects forum.
Full Cadence In C

This is a boiled down verson of the Ping Pong Cadence in C I posted a few moments ago. Think of the Ping Pong cadence as maple sap. The full cadence is maple syrup.

This pattern assumes that you have the mental positions of the closest moves from C well burned into your mind, so it starts at C to let you know where home is, leaps left to F, leaps bar right to G, and then comes home gain to C.

The MIDI sequence for this page was created via Workscore Chord Entry in less than 30 seconds. Typing the commentary took about 10 times longer.

Full Cadence in C in modern dress

The previous Full Cadence in C example used only triads for each chord in the sequence. Composers discovered that it was possible to add notes to simple chords, thereby enriching their sound without changing their meaning much.

In this example, we've added a fourth pitch to each triad. This fourth note accounts for the chord symbols that describes the new chord sequence having the addition chord type notations MA7 and 7 to the original triad chord symbol.

This cadence with various ping pong moves added to the middle provides the harmonic underpinnings for thousands of harmonically simple tunes.

Again, the MIDI sequence for this example was generated in about 20 seconds using Workscore Chord Entry.

Minor full cadence in C in modern dress
Minor Ping Pong Cadence in C
Nigel's chord extended
I've discovered five chords to add to Nigel's original sequence using the facilities provided by the "Chord Entry By Grid" page. I'll next use Workscore Composer to invent an original melody on this progression.
Nigel's chords
These were the chord's Nigel added to his workscore right before he decided that the SongTrellis site was an odd piece of work and "a waste of obviously excellent programming skills".

I'm using this project as a starting place to demonstrate some of the excellent parts of the site that he hadn't discovered yet.

Ping Pong C Cadence

Demonstration of one of the simplest forms of harmony. The C Major triad (labeled with the chord symbol C) is the home chord in this sequence. The  F and G  triads are the C triad's closest harmonic neighbors. You could think of F being on the left of C and G being on the right.

Moving from C to F somehow feels like its a move in the opposite direction from a movement from C to G. It's possible to listen to small pieces of this with the Excerpt Server facility that SongTrellis gives you. If you start at the beginning and then end the sequence on either F or G,  it feels like you moved away from home and stayed away. When you come back to the C, it feels like you're back in balance and have moved back to the center where you live.

This is a ping pong pattern because the chords are oscillating back and forth like the ball in a ping pong match.

What's a cadence? It's a movement between chords in a chord sequence that signals to the listener exactly which chord in the sequence is the home chord for that sequence. The chord sequences for many tunes end with a cadence. If you think of a chord sequence as a journey away from home, the sounding of a cadence lets you know that you've come home again.

I need to mention that it took me 45 seconds to construct this musical example using the Workscore Chord Entry page. Writing the text commentary took about 15 minutes. Now that it exists, you can use the Excerpt Server link at the bottom of this page to dump this chord sequence into your Workscore so that you can make up a melody using the Workscore Composer.

Project 3-2-06

Chords on the root sequence B-E-A-D-G-C-F that don't stay in the key of C.

Test Pattern

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