TonalityGUIDE - basic tonal music theory and analysis for undergraduates
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Introduction to tonality More about the TonalityGUIDE analysis tool kit Clefs, note labels, intervals and transposition
chord identification understanding voice-leading style awareness

The ToolKIT, which is accessible from all pages of the site, outlines the three main analytical skills that TonalityGUIDE.com aims to develop. It also links to a short introduction to the study of tonality as well as a reminder of some basics (note and interval labels, clefs and transpositions).

Understanding Voice-leading
introduction general characteristics interval succession resolution of tension embellishing progressions


introduction | unaccented passing notes | accented passing notes | appoggiaturas | anticipations | neighbour notes

Like the unaccented passing note, the accented passing note fills in the interval of a third. The difference is that the passing note is on an accented part of the bar. Although the resulting dissonance is much more prominent than an unaccented passing note, it may still ascend or descend.

The example below shows how this relaxation of voice-leading restrictions is derived from the unaccented passing note. The two progressions are the same except that the passing note appears in a different part of the bar.

The dissonance created by an accented passing note is more obtrusive than with the unaccented passing note, so it is used with more discretion in styles that avoid excessive dissonances.



The Tonality GUIDE tonal music analysis tool kit
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chord identification
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