Action-Music Harmony in Classic Blockbuster Films

Learn harmonic techniques of well-known scores from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

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Lessons 4-6 only

$119.00 USD
Duration: 7 Hrs 32 Min

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These lessons focus on the three main scales of classic action music: octatonic, hexatonic, and Hungarian minor. Learn how to extract sophisticated action writing from them with easy-to-understand techniques. Lesson 4 builds a vocabulary of common chords from hexatonic and Hungarian minor scales. Lesson 5 then demonstrates how scales play an important part in the planing of chords. And Lesson 6 reveals common ways of mixing the action scales together, either one after the other or even at the same time!

Note: While Lessons 1-3 are not required to take Lessons 4-6, they are recommended as the course builds on previous lessons.

  1. Hexatonic Scales
    • Overview
    • Tonal Chords, 3 notes (major and minor)
    • Tonal Chords, 4 notes (mM7 and augM7)
    • Atonal Chords, 5 and 6 notes
    • Melodies and Flourishes
  2. Hungarian Minor Scales
    • Overview + Tonal Chords (3 and 4 notes)
    • Main Chord, 5 notes
    • Tonal Chords, 5 notes (add2 chords)
    • Atonal Chords, 5 to 7 notes
    • Atonal Chords, 3 notes, (the (014) chord)
    • Melodies and Flourishes

  1. Planing as a Concept
    • Overview
    • Typical Planed Chords
  2. Planing a Chord through a Scale
    • Minor Scales
    • Modes
  3. Octatonic Melodies Harmonized by Planed Chords
    • Minor Chords
    • Major Chords
    • With One Scale Note Changed
  4. Planing and Pedal Points
    • Combined Melody-Bass “Chords”
    • Increasing the Dissonance between Planed Chords and Pedals
  1. Juxtaposing Action Scales
    • Octatonic + Hungarian Minor
    • Hexatonic + Hungarian Minor
    • Octatonic + Hexatonic
  2. Mixing Action Scales with Non-Scale Notes
    • Octatonic + 1 Note
    • Octatonic Melody Harmonized by Chords of a Single Type
  3. Simultaneous Action Scales
    • Octatonic as Gap Filler for Hexatonic
    • Harmonies from One Scale Organized by Another

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