Working With Chord Symbols

Working With Chord Symbols Even though it is not necessary at first sight and might take a considerable amount of time, especially when you feel insecure in this, make a habit out of writing down the chord symbols of your piece into your working environment (either in...

Highest Note in a Chord

Highest Note in a Chord In well balanced orchestral chords consisting of several instrumental colours (e.g. a chord that is orchestrated in the woodwind section) the instrument on the highest note will dominate its colour impression. This means that even in a chord...

Shared Chord Tones

Shared Chord Tones A very commonly used concept in film music to write chord progressions is the concept of shared chord tones. Basically you could treat every chord as a new tonic and find the next chord by moving to a chord that shares at least one chord tone with...

V-I Cadences and Extensions

V-I Cadences and Extensions Final V-I cadences in important form sections (e.g. like the end of your main theme) can start to sound quite pedestrian and boring especially when they occur very often in the piece. Of course, the quality of a V-I cadence is one of the...