Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Joys of Theory

I can now decipher and comply with instructions such as:

"Write the dominant seventh chord in root position for each of the following minor keys. Use half notes in chorale style. (Remember to raise the leading note). "


"Write the harmonic minor scale that has A as its sub-dominant. Write it ascending only, using a key signature, marking the semi-tones with a slur, in the tenor clef and 5/4 time, beginning on the sub-mediant, beam notes correctly as necessary, add appropriate bar lines and rests in the final bar (if necessary) to make it musically correct."

What's next? Figured bass (a short-hand method for writing chords that was used during the Baroque period), Cadences (actually, I'm nearly done Cadences), Transposition, Open Score, Melody Writing, and Simple Analysis. Then on to Theory 4.

I can't say it's exciting - except for the thought of being nearly done. However I am learning lots.


Nancy said...

I must admit I find some of that actually reasonably exciting. Couldn't tell you why though. I just love the chords and such

Robin said...

I have no idea what you're talking about. Maybe I need some theory lessons.