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Pitch - Harmony

HSC Pitch Harmony

TermDefinition
Harmony two or more pitches sounding together.
Parallel harmony Harmonising the melodic line
Block chords When all of the notes in the chord are played at once
Arpeggiated chords When the chord is slightly broken while being played at once - making them sound strummed
Broken chords When each note of the chord is played one at a time
Arpeggios When notes in a chord are played one after the other over an octave
Alberti bass When the notes in the chord are broken and played in this order: bottom, top, middle, top
Drone When an interval of a 5th is held under an extended melody
Harmonic rhythm How often the chords change
Harmonic ostinato Repeated chord pattern
Walking bass line When the bass line moves by step or small interval on each beat of the bar - walking to the beat of the music
chord Three or more pitches played at the same time
Chord progression The name of the pattern of chord changes
Tone cluster A chord that consists of only adjacent notes
cadence A two chord progression that acts like a punctuation point in the music
Perfect cadence V - I - sounding finished
Imperfect cadence I- V - sounding unfinished
Interrupted cadence V-vi - sounding like it is going to finish and then doesn’t
Plagal cadence IV-I - often used in “Amen”
Triad A three note chord in close position
Complex chord A chord with additional notes on top of the triad such as 7ths, 9ths
Modulation The change of the key in a piece of music
Consonant sound Pleasing to the ear
Dissonant sound Sounds like a clash
Created by: c.deAndrade