Tips for Learning Chord Families


A framework for further study on chord families.

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Tool #1: Parallel Chords


Every time you write parallel fifths, Bach kills a kitten.  Or at least if you're starting part-writing in theory class.  Parallel fifths have a unique sound, one that can be jarring and unsettling.  But, we're in the year 2011, and it's obvious that parallel fifths and parallel chords are okay if used to good effect. …

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