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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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23. Complex Harmony

Triads and seventh chords very much represent the staple harmonies of most kinds of popular and electronic music. As such, for the aspiring music writer, their use represents essential knowledge and education. When you have acquired this knowledge and learned to apply it effectively in your own music, you will discover that you can improve your ability to produce professional-sounding harmonies even more. To discover how, read on.

By adding a seventh to a triad, you get a more complex harmony. The dissonant seventh gives the chord punch and bite—a bit of extra interest to the harmony. Because of its dissonant quality, the seventh chord also acquires a leaning—a desire for resolution that gives chord progressions that use ...

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