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Harmony for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 1. An Introduction to Musical Harmony

Whatever type or style of music you are interested in producing, in doing so you will no doubt come across what are in effect the universals of the musical language. Now, what do I mean by the term universal? Well, generally it can be observed that music—of whatever kind—has three main ingredients. These ingredients are simply rhythm, melody, and harmony. All three could be described as being universal for the simple reason that wherever in the world music is produced and played, these three ingredients will somehow be involved. It therefore seems logical to conclude that any person wishing to create his or her own music will spend a considerable amount of time exploring, studying, and understanding ...

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