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  1. Rhymes with Music

    Rhymes with Music New Member Thread Starter

    The top staff (line) is for a (woman's) singing voice.
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    The bottom (grand) staff is for a simple piano accompaniment part.
    The bass should alternate between 'F' and 'D' after each pair (or set of 4 ?) of measures.

    The harmonic structure could be analysed as
    alternating between
    'F' Lydian mode ,
    and
    'd' dorian mode .

    Stephen Stills actually used a D7 chord
    (which consists of a 'D' Major triad -- and that features the
    raised 3rd degree: "F#").
    Sometimes that should be used,
    but I often prefer a
    'd' minor (7) basis for these chords -- which instead uses the F_natural pitch.
    See "Suite: Lani Brown Eyes" -- which is a post to a recent thread.
     
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    Rhymes with Music New Member Thread Starter

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    What if the pattern of (incrementally)
    stacking harmonic intervals of thirds (atop each chord)
    was extended one step/iteration further -- making
    15th chords?
    Such a top (new, additional) line would consist of:
    | F#, E, C#, D__ , F#, E_, C#, D, E__ |

    If voiced by two hands on a piano, that could be thought of in terms of being :
    left hand playing
    'F' Maj. 7
    and
    right hand playing
    'G' Maj. 7 on top of that.

    The 2nd chord (if voiced as 15th chords) would be:
    left hand playing 'e' min. 7
    and
    right hand plays
    'f#' min. 7 on top of that.

    Note the pattern of a simple alternating duality of
    Major, then minor 3rds,
    all stacked atop one another.


    Also notice the missing 3rds that would comprise the 2nd-lowest member of each chord (starting with m. 5 )
    Maybe I did that for more typographic (visual-clarity) reasons. If you want those pitches in there, it should be easy enough to figure out what they should be :

    | A, G, E, F__ , A, G_, E, F, G |​

    I would end this arrangement on a

    'd' minor 13 chord

    left hand playing
    'd' min. 7

    and
    right hand plays 'e' min. 7 on top of that.


    Just let that sustain, and ring.

    Imagine the layered (over-dubbed) voices!
    By the early 1970s, A&M (and many other top studios) had two-inch 16-track capability.
     
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    Rhymes with Music New Member Thread Starter

    So -- given the bass lines ('F' moving to 'D', and then back, in a cycle/pattern) --
    Each hand can play one individual triad (or 7th chord) at a time --
    and this will create compound chords/harmonies ...
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    11th chords, distributed between two hands (staves):
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    Perhaps those same notes would be easier to read, if they are instead notated one octave (
    8vb) lower:
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    Rhymes with Music New Member Thread Starter

    Shifting between octave registers on a piano keyboard is trivial.
    From a piano-playing stand-point, maybe it's easier for the hands to voice one triad, each -- like so:
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    But achieving legato phrasing for each vocal phrase/line/fragment is difficult if playing with two hands on a keyboard.
    Those are 11th chords.

    To make 13th chords,
    Stack additional notes (harmonic intervals of thirds) above,
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    Here are the same pitches, but notated with more courtesy accidentals
    -- Maybe this makes it clearer and easier to read?:
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    If yet another set of 3rds were stacked atop, making 15th chords
    -- would that be going too-far, harmonically?:

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    I think that really captures the (harmonic) essence, the magic of David Crosby's (and Stills's?) initial seed/core of inspiration.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2017 at 11:35 AM

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