Basic harmony

To learn how to improvise, and work with the modern music section of the syllabus that I teach at the center, you need to have previous knowledge of tonalities, intervals, scales, and basic. It is important that you master both theoretically and the practice, so you can do many things with the instrument apart from reading the music sheets, so we don't always need a sheet to make music. Creativity Power!

I leave you some videos explaining the basic units that you must master quickly and easily: Tonalities, scales, intervals i basic. To be able to do the exercises I ask for, and a lot of what we do in class, which are on the agenda of modern music, you can always use these videos to refresh your memory.

Diatonic chords

Let's take a look at the four-note chords formed on any major scale. Remember how to work out intervals quickly, (we already see how to work it out in my classes) (if you have any doubts or do not know how, I can tell you privately by video conference). Here is a video where the first part explains the formation of these chords very well (the second part only concerns the guitarists). This information, just like the previous one of scales, tonalities, basic, etc., is a "must know" to be able to practice the cadence exercises that you will find on the web. Let's look at a written example first., As you already know, the degrees of the scale are numbered with Roman numerals.

Diatonic chords (belonging to the tonality)

Harmonic Progressions

In this section we will look at what are harmonic progressions, and for now we will do it based on the Major scale. We will see what chords are formed on each degree of the scale, the tonal function that each degree has, and finally we will see how we can “order” these chords in a way that sounds “nice” to the ear, though, you know...…. whatever floats your boat.. Once you understand all these concepts, you can perform the diatonic progression exercises (in other words, progressions on “the tonality” in which we are, . Don't forget that for now we are using Major)


In music, different situations receive the name "cadence". A cadence, harmoniously speaking, is a resting point that either ends a musical phrase (final cadence), or it has a tension touch that gives it a suspenseful sound (suspensive cadence). Cadence (from the Italian word , "cadenza") Can also refer to the virtuosic passage performed by the soloists during the performance of a concert, which can be improvised or not. In the next video we will look at the types of cadences.

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