TonalityGUIDE - Tonal music basic theory for Undergraduates
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The term tonic refers to the first degree of the major or minor scale and the triad build upon that scale degree - chord I (or i). The way in which this note and chord are established as a sort of centre of gravity that the music moves away from and returns to is on of the main concerns of this site. The concepts surrounding tonic and tonality in general are briefly presented in the Introduction to Tonality.