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Film Music Themes
Write melodies that mean what you want them to mean. Melodies in tonal music tend to conform to underlying linear patterns that have different emotional meanings when they are elaborated in different ways. By analyzing many of Hollywood’s best-known themes, you’ll learn these basic shapes and how the elaborating techniques can create expressions that are perfectly suited to a theme’s association.
Learn how 8-bar forms shape the emotional expression of a theme. Go well beyond the classical forms of the sentence and period with 12 different 8-bar forms and their 16-bar versions as well. Examples of each form are drawn from major feature films and at the end of the course, sample compositions compare different forms with given opening ideas.
This course not only shows how to handle voice leading and progressions for chromatic chords, but also how chords like secondary dominants, augmented 6ths, half-diminished 7ths, and others take on certain emotional associations in certain chromatic contexts. We then explore how certain key relationships in film can be associated with certain expressions like intensified action, hopefulness, and the awe-inspiring.
By studying many of the greatest themes to come out of Hollywood, this three-lesson course will teach you the most common harmonic progressions in Hollywood film music and the emotional and musical associations they tend to have. Learn how to use harmony to evoke the perfect emotions in your themes!
Action-Music Harmony in Classic Blockbuster Films
In 4 courses, learn the playbook of techniques from the best-known scores of the late 1970s to the early 2000s.
Learn how to write diatonic harmony in both a classical “strict style” and a more film-oriented “free style”, and see how the two are combined in cues from well-known film scores. Course material is presented from a compositional point of view, showing not just how a chord resolves, but the progression it appears in and, most importantly, where that progression appears in a phrase. Plus, get Fundamentals of Reading Music absolutely free!
Customize your learning of reading music with this comprehensive course, which covers all aspects of basic musical notation, scales, and chords. With nearly 3 hours of video lessons, 750 flashcards, and 220 quiz questions, and the ability to jump to any page in the course at any time, you can focus on the skills that you want to develop.
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