Diatonic Harmony in Classical and Film Music

Learn how to write diatonic harmony in both a classical “strict style” and a more film-oriented “free style”.

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Diatonic Harmony

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Duration: 9 Hrs 20 Min

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 progressions it appears in and, most importantly, where that progression tends to appear in a phrase. The material is comprehensive, covering that of a university-level textbook but adding the more film-specific techniques of free style as well. Plus, get the course Fundamentals of Reading Music absolutely free when you enroll in Diatonic Harmony!

  1. Preliminaries
    • Strict Style vs. Free Style
    • Strict-Style Rules for Four-Part Writing
    • Voice Leading
    • Non-Chord Tones
    • Melody-Bass Counterpoint
  2. Harmonic Progressions – General Concepts
    • Common Root Motions
    • The Three Progression Types
    • Writing Melodies from Progressions
    • About Our Examples
  3. Cadential Progressions – Strict and Free Style
    • Dominant and Final Tonic Chords
    • Common Subdominant Chords
    • Less Common Subdominant Chords
    • Initial Tonic Chords
  4. Tonic-Prolongational Progressions – Strict Style
    • Root-Root Prolongations
    • 3rd-3rd Prolongations
    • Root-3rd Prolongations
    • Leading-Tone 7th Chords
    • Expanding a Chord with Arpeggiation
  5. Tonic-Prolongational Progressions – Free Style
    • Major Keys
    • Major-Tonic Substitutes and Multiple Prolonging Chords
    • Minor Keys
    • Minor-Tonic Substitutes
  6. Prolonging Chords Other than Tonic – Strict Style
    • Pedal 6/4
    • Passing 6/4
    • Other Passing Chords
  7. Putting It All Together
    • Composing in Strict Style
    • Composing in Free Style

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