A Slash Chord is a type of chord symbol in music that indicates a chord played with a specific root/bass note on the bottom. In this article, we’ll discuss the practical applications of slash chords in our writing and the scales that go with each of the slash chords!
Musical brightness and darkness is something that has been on my mind lately. This idea of a ‘musical light spectrum’ is really interesting. I call it a spectrum, but it’s actually cyclical and doesn’t necessarily work with absolutes. Brightness and darkness are relative ideas.
The concept of brightness and darkness in music theory is applied to chords, scales, and harmony in general.
In this article, we’ll discuss the idea of musical light: brightness and darkness!
The Harmonic Major Scale is probably the least know of the 4 main heptatonic scales (Major, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Harmonic Major). As we’ve done with the other scales listed above, in this article we’ll look into the chords of the Harmonic Major Scale!
We’ll look mostly at triads and seventh chords but will stray away from tertian harmony to in order to include some other interesting chords of the Harmonic Major Scale.
Let’s get into it!
Inspired by my Chords of the Melodic Minor Scale article, I would like to present chords based on harmonizing other heptatonic scales. In this article, we’ll discuss the chords of the Harmonic Minor Scale!
More specifically, we’ll look at the triads and seventh chords. We’ll also look at a cool application of these chords and how they relate to the Harmonic Minor’s modes.
So, without further ado, let’s build the chords of the Harmonic Minor Scale!
When thinking diatonically in functional harmony, we harmonize and build chords based on the Diatonic Scale (Major Scale and its modes). This creates strong and common chord progressions. But what happens if we build chords based upon the Melodic Minor Scale?
Well, it wouldn’t be considered “functional harmony,” but the chord progressions would certainly sound interesting. Learning the chords of the Melodic Minor will also aid tremendously in the practical application of the scale. And that practicality shows up in soloing, composition, and general thinking of chord-scale relationships.
This article will offer some important “triads” and seventh chords of the Melodic Minor Scale and how we build those chords!