Music Theory for Recorder: Intervals/Chords

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How Intervals Work

YouTube Video: Music Theory Crash Course

Defines intervals and interval types (major, minor, perfect, augmented, and diminished), and how to count the distance between notes.

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Introduction to Intervals - NSATBGC

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Ascending and Descending Intervals from F and C

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Major and Minor Thirds

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Building Major and Minor Chords

YouTube Video: Two Minute Music Theory

Defines major and minor chords.

How Chords Work

YouTube Video: Music Theory Crash Course

Defines chord parts (root, third, fifth), types (major, minor, augmented, and diminished), and inversions.

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Major Triads - NSATBGC

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Minor Triads - NSATBGC

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Altering Major Triads - NSATBGC

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Building Chords: Chord Inversion

YouTube Video: Jesse Strickland

TRIADS can also be altered by choosing which note will be heard in the bass line. This video also gives us a preview of TETRADS - four-note chords also known as Seventh Chords.

Common Chord Progressions

YouTube Video: PianoPig

This video starts with a very clear introduction of all the triads found in a major scale and then moves on to easy chord progressions used in popular music (and classical!). We will cover chord progressions in later installments.

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Triads in Major Keys

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Minor Keys Explained

YouTube Video: Rick Beato

This video covers both elementary and advanced harmonic topics. The first two minutes cover our current topic, the triads in a natural minor scale, then discusses more advanced  subjects such as seventh chords (tetrads) and melodic and harmonic minor scales. We will cover some of these topics later in our series. The constant reference to modes is very much a jazz improvisation topic and is an interesting tie-in with our own study of medieval music theory for our oldest recorder repertoire.

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Triads in Minor Keys

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How to Harmonize a Melody

YouTube Video: Music Matters

This video uses Rule of Harmonization #2 in the Notes.

Intro to Harmonization

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This sound file is for listening to the examples in the score, not for playing along.

Chord Progression I-IV-V-I

YouTube Video: Berklee Online

The presenter plays variations of the I-IV-V-I chord progression to train your ear to hear and identify the three chords.

Basic Chord Progression in Major Keys SATB

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SATB with piano introductions.

 

Secrets Of The 'I' 'IV' 'V' Chords - Piano Lessons

YouTube Video: Pianote (Jordan Leibel)

Introduces the basic minor  i-iv-v  chord progression along with some other interesting and unusual variations on the basic I-IV-V chord progression.  Unfortunately the presenter does not cover the very common i - iv -V option so prevalent in classical music.

Basic Chord Progression in Minor Keys SATB

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SATB with piano introductions.