Composition Tools Counterpoint Melodic Construction Permutations & Combinations

Contrapuntal Combinations

Here are some really nerdy PDF’s for composers.

These files list all of the possible arrangements of 2 or 3 voiced counterpoint, including the retrogrades (r), inversions(i) and retrograde inversions(ri) of the lines.

When you want to generate some unexpected material, or just marvel at the infinitude of music, give these a try.

Composition Tools Counterpoint Permutations & Combinations Rhythm Silence

Rhythmic Permutations & Systematic Silences

Composers rarely approach silences as systematically as sounds.

In an attempt to remedy this in my own compositions, I’ve created the following PDF’s.

These PDF’s list all of the possible arrangements using eighth notes and eighth rests in 3/4 (6/8) and 4/4 (or 8/8).

Try stringing a few of these rhythms together to create unique (and longer) rhythmic phrases, or put them in different voices to develop rhythmic counterpoint.

Chords Harmonic Motion Inversions Scales

6th & Diminished 7th Chord Passages: Bebop Major and Minor

These chord passages are constructed from inversions of 6th chords (Major and Minor respectively) with Fully Diminished 7th chords interspersed.

This is a harmonization technique that is often associated with the pianist Barry Harris.

Remember to analyze these from other roots, reinterpret the harmony and use your imagination to find less than obvious substitutions.

Chord Progressions Chords Harmonic Motion Inversions

Diatonic ii-V-I Progressions (7th Chord Inversions)

Learning chords in isolation is useful, but learning chords in relation to common chord progressions is much better.

These diatonic ii-V-I progressions are composed of four-string 7th chords grouped by the closest inversions on the neck.

By retaining common tones smooth voice leading is ensured.

I have intentionally omitted fret numbers to stress the mobility of the shapes.

Harmonic Motion

All Possible Major Key Pairings

Here’s an exhaustive list of major key pairings.

This is very handy for practicing modulations.

  1. C, D♭
  2. C, D
  3. C, E♭
  4. C, E
  5. C, F
  6. C, G♭
  7. C, G
  8. C, A♭
  9. C, A
  10. C, B♭
  11. C, B
  12. D♭, D
  13. D♭, E♭
  14. D♭, E
  15. D♭, F
  16. D♭, G♭
  17. D♭, G
  18. D♭, A♭
  19. D♭, A
  20. D♭, B♭
  21. D♭, B
  22. D, E♭
  23. D, E
  24. D, F
  25. D, G♭
  26. D, G
  27. D, A♭
  28. D, A
  29. D, B♭
  30. D, B
  31. E♭, E
  32. E♭, F
  33. E♭, G♭
  34. E♭, G
  35. E♭, A♭
  36. E♭, A
  37. E♭, B♭
  38. E♭, B
  39. E, F
  40. E, G♭
  41. E, G
  42. E, A♭
  43. E, A
  44. E, B♭
  45. E, B
  46. F, G♭
  47. F, G
  48. F, A♭
  49. F, A
  50. F, B♭
  51. F, B
  52. G♭, G
  53. G♭, A♭
  54. G♭, A
  55. G♭, B♭
  56. G♭, B
  57. G, A♭
  58. G, A
  59. G, B♭
  60. G, B
  61. A♭, A
  62. A♭, B♭
  63. A♭, B
  64. A, B♭
  65. A, B
  66. B♭, B