Getting Inside Harmony 2
Authored by Michael Rendish
Course Code: OHARM-211
A firm harmonic foundation and the ability to aurally recognize chord progressions is indispensable to writers and arrangers, and a necessity for musicians interested in understanding the art of improvisation. Getting Inside Harmony 2 takes you to the next step in your harmonic development: you'll move beyond the standard chord patterns and harmonic progressions typically found in popular music, and gain a solid footing in more advanced principles including melodic and harmonic tension, chord substitution, and chromatically altered chords. You'll examine secondary dominants, diminished seventh chords (and their substitutes), standard chord patterns and their variations, minor key harmony, and modulation. You'll study the inner workings of each progression to be sure it gets into the "inner ear," and equip yourself with the most appropriate chord scale for each chord. Through keyboard chord voicings and voice-leading exercises, you'll gain an understanding of the musical tools that go beyond the demands of a particular musical style, and develop a greater sense of control in your writing - by the end of the course you'll find you're in a position to actually contribute your personal touch to the development of any number of musical styles!
By the end of the course, you will:
- Identify all standard chord progression patterns
- Be able to suggest a vast number of musical re-harmonization possibilities for each of these patterns
- Apply appropriate chord substitution to a song's progression
- Use a wide range of non-diatonic, chromatically altered chords
- Derive their appropriate chord scales
- Work within all forms of minor key tonality
Lesson 1: Melodic and Harmonic Tensions
- Melodic and Harmonic Tensions
- Some Terminology Shorthand: Mode Names
- Available Tensions
Lesson 2: Using Tensions to Enhance Keyboard Voicings
- Chord Progression Transcription
- Enhanced Keyboard Voicings
Lesson 3: Tonic vs. Non-Tonic Chord Functions
- Diatonic Chord Function
Lesson 4: Basic Diatonic Substitution
- Principles of Diatonic Substitution
- Non-Tonic Chords
Lesson 5: Modal Chord Progression (1): Major Modes
- Modal Chord Progression
- What's Tonal, What's Modal?
Lesson 6: How Modes are Used (1)
- How are Modes Used?
- Modal Interchange
Lesson 7: Modal Chord Progression (2): Minor Modes; How Modes are Used (2)
- Distinguishing Among Aeolian, Phrygian, and Dorian Modalities
- Cadence Chords for the Minor Modes
- Modal Progressions
Lesson 8: Patterns in Progression (1)
- II-7 V7 Progression in All Keys
- II-V Progressions
Lesson 9: Patterns in Progression (2)
- How Does Harmonic Rhythm Figure In?
- How to Do It?
Lesson 10: Modal Interchange
- Substitution or Reharmonization?
- Taking stock...Secondary Dominants
- Consecutive Secondary Dominants
Lesson 11: Minor Key Harmony (1): Harmonic Minor
- Chord Pattern Variations
- Harmonic Minor Scale
Lesson 12: Minor Key Harmony (2): Melodic Minor
- Harmonic minor form of I VI II V
- Key Changes in Minor
- Melodic Minor
- Melodic Minor Form of "I VI II V"
- Dominant 7th Substitution by Common Tritone
Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements
Completion of the Berklee Online course Getting Inside Harmony 1 or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.
- None required
- Finale NotePad, Finale (full version), or MuseScore
- A basic audio recording tool that will allow you to record yourself and save the recording in MP3 format. You will have a tool to use for this purpose inside the learning environment. Alternatively, you can use software like Audacity (PC) or GarageBand (Mac)
- A piano keyboard
- A built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built in ports or an external audio interface)
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General Course Requirements
Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in live chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course.
- Latest version of Google Chrome
- Zoom meeting software (available in the course when joining your first chat)
- Speakers or headphones
- External or internal Microphone
- Broadband Internet connection
Author & Instructor
Michael Rendish is the former Assistant Chair of Berklee College of Music's Film Scoring Department. A gifted performer and award-winning writer, he has composed, orchestrated, and conducted some thirty film scores, including Faces of Freedom, A Place of Dreams, and Yorktown, and the five-part PBS series America by Design. He was the composer for Academy Award nominee, The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America, and arranger and guest conductor of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra of the 50th Jubilee Concert in honor of the King of Thailand. In his more than thirty-five years at Berklee, he has been continually active in developing much of the world's finest talent in contemporary popular music. He was the founding chair of Berklee's Harmony Department, and has authored and taught courses at all levels of traditional, contemporary, and jazz arranging/composition. He was also the founding chair of the electronic music program, the major that introduced music synthesis to Berklee. Michael's passion for harmony in contemporary music is the driving force behind the course "Getting Inside Harmony."
When taken for credit, Getting Inside Harmony 2 can be applied towards these associated programs: