Theory

Borrowed Chords
A borrowed chord is a chord that is 'borrowed' from the parallel key. That is to say, if we are composing a song in C major, then we would borrow chor read more...

Common Tones
Many composers throughout the world and throughout the course of history have used common tones to provide a smoother link to chords or to give a smoo read more...

Dominant and Diminished Chords
Dominant and diminished chords are a special bunch. They share so many similarities that are not immediately obvious and allow for very swift modulati read more...

Half Whole Scale
The half-whole scale is perhaps one of my favourite scales for a few reasons. - It has so many different intervals crammed into it that it can be p read more...

Minorisation
Minorisation is a few things. Firstly, it is the belief that any key (major,minor or otherwise) can be 'converted to minor'. Secondly, it is the proce read more...

Modal Characteristics
Ionian,Dorian,Phrygian and more are all modes. But what makes each mode different? It is their intervallic nature. A confusing topic for a beginner is read more...

Motif Cycling
A rarely untouched beast, motif cycling is occasionally heard in classical music and is mostly present during the time a modulation occurs. Motif c read more...

Pentatonics
A pentatonic scale is a scale that consists of 5 notes. Sometimes the omission of notes actually yields more interest than the addition of more no read more...

Permutations
When we look at permutations, we are concerning ourselves with the different combinations a phrase can be played in. It might not seem immediately obv read more...

Significant Notes
The purpose of this article is to make you aware of what notes to omit from a chord if needed and how to tell what chord/scale is best suited over wha read more...

Superimposition
Superimposition is the process of layering one tonality on top of another to suggest an entirely different tonality. Superimposing tones is often read more...