TonalityGUIDE - basic tonal music theory and analysis for undergraduates
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Introduction to tonality More about the TonalityGUIDE analysis tool kit Clefs, note labels, intervals and transposition
chord identification understanding voice-leading style awareness

The ToolKIT, which is accessible from all pages of the site, outlines the three main analytical skills that TonalityGUIDE.com aims to develop. It also links to a short introduction to the study of tonality as well as a reminder of some basics (note and interval labels, clefs and transpositions).

Understanding Voice-leading
introduction general characteristics interval succession resolution of tension embellishing progressions


introduction | unaccented passing notes | accented passing notes | appoggiaturas | anticipations | neighbour notes

The neighbour note (or auxiliary note) moves away from a consonant note and then returns to it. It is like the unaccented passing note in that it is usually on an unaccented part of the bar and this thus a relative unobtrusive dissonance.

Neighbour notes can appear on any note of a triad but must be no more than a major second away, hence the name. As with all the embellishments discussed on this site, the neighbour note can decorate any voice in a texture as in the example below.



The Tonality GUIDE tonal music analysis tool kit
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chord identification
understanding voice-leading
style awareness

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