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Chord Progressions Chords Composition Tools Harmonic Motion Permutations & Combinations Uncategorized

Practice Tools

The links below lead to Google Sheets that randomly generate musical structures for improvisation practice and composition, components of a larger project I’m working on called the Musical Schema Generator ™

HOW TO USE:

Click the links below. Refresh your browser to generate structures. (May not function properly on mobile devices…)


3 & 4-Note Triad Progressions

Produces random progressions comprised of four triads. Three-note triads should include three unique pitches, while four-note triads include one doubling. Begin on the appropriate inversion and string-set, and retain common tones, moving to the closest possible inversion of each chord.


Triads Over Bass Notes

Produces random progressions comprised of four triads over bass notes.


6th & 7th Drop Chord Progressions

Produces random progressions comprised of four 6th or 7th chords. Begin on the appropriate inversion and string-set, and retain common tones, moving to the closest possible inversion of each chord.


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computers and music Uncategorized

Donald Knuth is very interesting…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Computer_Programming

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Mistakes in customary approaches to ‘pure’ technique

“To those who are studying the art of playing the piano I suggest some practical and simple ideas which I know from experience to be really useful. As art is infinite within the limits of its means, so its teaching should be governed by the same limits in order to give it boundless potential […] So we are not dealing with more or less ingenious theories, but with whatever goes straight to the point and smoothes the technical side of the art [. . .] People have tried out all kinds of methods of learning to play the piano, methods that are tedious and useless and have nothing to do with the study of this instrument. It’s like learning, for example, to walk on one’s hands in order to go for a stroll. Eventually one is no longer able to walk properly on one’s feet, and not very well on one’s hands either. It doesn’t teach us how to play the music itself- and the type of difficulty we are practising is not the difficulty encountered in good music, the music of the great masters. It’s an abstract difficulty, a new genre of acrobatics.” -Chopin