• The “Devil In Music” – Tritones vs Augmented 4ths & Diminished 5ths

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    There’s an element in music that has generated a lot of controversies over the years. In the Middle Ages (400AD – 1400AD), it was called the “devil in music” (aka – “diabolus in musica”) and in the eighteenth century, playing it could put you at the risk of being excommunicated. That thing is the “tritone.” Learn more about it in this post.

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    Melodic Progressions vs. Intervals

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    In this lesson, learn the difference between melodic progressions and intervals. One is the building blocks of scales; the other, chords. Learn the ins and outs of each.

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    Whole Tone Scale Demystified

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    The whole tone scale is a useful one to know and because of its unique structure, very versatile. It is a 6-tone scale consisting of all whole steps. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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    Introduction to Melodic Progressions: Semitones and Wholetones Redefined

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    In this lesson, I want to introduce you to melodic progressions – semitones and wholetones and their relationship to the octave. And most importantly, why it’s important to understand how to use them.

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    Beyond the Number “Eight” – 4 Dimensions Of The Octave

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    Octave comes from the Latin word octava which means eight. It is the distance of one key to the very next key. But let’s dig a little deeper and learn the 4 dimensions of the octave and how to apply it.

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    Consonant Intervals: The Building Blocks Of Major and Minor Triads (+ Bonus 111-pg PDF Quick Guide)

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    In this lesson, we’ll explore the ins and outs of consonant intervals. An “interval” is the distance between two points, events, or ends. Learn the difference between consonant and dissonant intervals and how they’re the building blocks of chords.

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    The “What Key Am I In” Game 9

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    It’s time for another edition of “What Key Am I In?” These posts help you to analyze chords and improve your ability to determine the key of a song by what chords are present.

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