This weeks big topic was non-chord tones. Basically notes which appear in the piece but which aren’t in the chord. For instance, a C Major chord has the notes C, E and G in it, so if the note D appeared during the duration of that chord then it would be a non-chord tone. But you can’t just shove any note in as there are obviously guidelines for how non-chord tones should be used. I won’t bore you with the details, nevertheless if you are interested in the details and want to know more about non-chord tones then there’s a great book on the iBook Store which can teach you all about them.
Basic Harmony and Musicianship
by Joe Procopio
The assignments for this week weren’t really compositions but more like arrangements, as we were already given the chords and the voicing, and then we had to arrange them using the given repeated rhythm. Although I altered the rhythm ever so slightly for the last couple of bars, just for a bit of fun.