Category Archives: Theory

Quartal harmony is a system of building chord structures on perfect fourths. It’s been used by classical composers such as Stravinsky, Debussy and Bartók and innumerable jazz musicians like McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans and Chick Corea to name but a few.  Continue reading...

How to write convincing progressions is a question that often comes up with my students. With a basic grasp of music composition it’s possible to string together coherent chords that sit nicely within a key and support the main melody or motifs.  Continue reading...

*UPDATE FOR 2018* As this is still getting okay traffic I’ve decided to give it a revamp for the new year. This was originally posted in April 2015 and since then I’ve gotten more into having tidier Logic scores as well as posting the piano roll and I’ve also upgraded my Arturia collection.  Continue reading...

I want to look at two songs. One is the 1959 ballad Naima taken from John Coltrane’s game changer Giant Steps, and the other is Erykah Badu’s Other Side of the Game, produced by Richard Nichols and The Roots, taken from her 1997 album, BaduizmContinue reading...