OUR COURSE WILL EXPLORE THE TRITONE
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The material in this section is directly from the Adventures in Harmony Course. This is an example of how you would use the material in the course on your own music. In This example we illustrate Chord Substitution and How Passing Chords are added to music. It is the passing chords and substitutions that give your music that color and flavor that you have been looking for. We know you have probably bought every other DVD and music instruction on the market and our staff has heard it all. But this course is truly different than anything out there on the market and hopefully this shore lesson will give you a flavor of the level of power that you will have when you embark on our Adventure in Harmony. There are no songs or progressions in this course because we are going to teach you to creating your own. We are going to show you how to apply a system and technique to your own music allowing you to create your own beautiful harmonizations. You are no longer going to copy or have to figure out what you saw somebody else do. You are going to be able to DO IT ON YOUR OWN!! You will not find this level of instruction or detail anywhere else! We have over 900 pages of advanced voicings and instruction.
What is this mysterious beast called the TRITONE? The Tritone is the tone that splits the musical scale into two perfect halfís. It is represented by the tone that is called the bV (flat 5). It is also represented by the interval size of (flat 5) or 5 half-steps.
If we were to use the C scale as an example, the (bV) would be the Gb. This Gb perfectly splits the C scale in half. There are 6 chromatic tones to the right of the Gb and 6 chromatic tones to the left of the Gb.
There are a lot of musicians that treat the tritone as some sort of magical tone and want you to play chords based on the Tritone. They usually mean chords that have the tritone as an interval in the chord; A Chord where the notes are separated by 6 half steps. Or more simply a (b5).
As an example, in the key of C, a Tritone for the C chord would consist of playing an E and a Bb. It does not matter which note is on top because the distance between E and Bb or Bb and E are the same.
To get you to play this, some may say, go to the (VII) tone and play a Tritone on that; or go to the (III) tone and play a (bV) on that. The Tritone interval is essentially a (bV).
So, if we have a C chord we would go to the (III) which would be an (E) and play a (bV) interval on the (E). Remember a simple E Major chord are the notes E, Ab, and B. So the B is the 5, so thatís the note we flatten down to a Bb, and leave out the (III) which is the (Ab) Therefore we are left with the notes (E) and Bb as the Tritone on C; or we can do it the other way and go to the (VII) which would be a Bb, and play a (bV) interval on the (Bb). Remember a simple Bb Major chord are the notes Bb, D, and F. So the F is the 5, so thatís the note we flatten down to an E, and leave out the (III) which is the (F) Therefore we are left with the notes (Bb) and E as the Tritone on C.
But WAIT. Stop this madness. All you are really doing here is playing a 7th chord. A (III) and a (VII). There is no magic here. We are simply playing the (III) and the (VII). ďThis is essentially a 7th chord without the 5.Ē So if we wanted to play a Tritone on G, this would simply be an F and B, the (VII) and (III) in whatever order you want!!!! Simple nowÖ..
But let's use the Tritone in a different way, letís play chords based on the Tritone.
You may be thinking to yourself, how odd, weird, or off it would sound if you were all of a sudden playing chords on tones that were not part of the key that you are in.
For example, if you are in the key of C, we are asking you to play an Eb chord, a Gb chord or even an Ab chord. These are those magical chords, chords that no-one has ever told you to to play, or chords that you have never even thought about playing. You have always been taught to play chords based on the (I) (IV) and (V) of any key. You need to leave that rule behind and forget it forever! If you only play chords based on those tones, YOU ARE GOING TO SOUND BORING AND TRADITIONAL. This course is an Adventure in Harmony, you are going to leave the traditional rules at the door once you embark on this adventure.
It is chords built on these other tones, that are not part of the major scale, that are going to give your music the most color. It is the chords built on these tones that are going to light up your playing. So not only do we have to consider the tritone (bV), but there is also the (bII), (-III) and (+V).
This Adventure is going to change your approach to music and harmony forever. We are going to explore in detail how to use these concepts and apply them to your music so that you can stand on your own two feet and create your own music and have your own sound. Everything in this course in explained in detail with examples. There is no other music course available on the market that is going to give you this level of explanation and example.
So again, here we are in the key of C, where we have been taught that we are only going to be using the white keys on the keyboard, and now Iím telling you that you are going to be playing a Gb Chord, (bV) an Ab Chord (+V), an Eb (-III) or a Db Chord (bII), all Chords built on black keys!!! Or in general, chords based on tones that are not part of the major scale.
Now that we have identified what these tones are, letís see an application of using these tones in an actual progression.
We have said throughout the course, that the chords in this course are similar to kids LEGO building blocks that can be put together in many ways. Well let's illustrate this right now using the key of Db, and look at how we use these tones in the next section.
We will modify simple chords and substitute advanced chords and add phat passing chords based on the Tritone and other tones that are not in the major scale.