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Title: Harmony question
Post by: uncle808us on September 14, 2013, 12:25:02 PM
Is the first note " e " in this phrase a lead in note or should it be harmonized? How would you harmonize this phrase?

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Title: Re: Harmony question
Post by: Ron on September 14, 2013, 12:40:38 PM
The first 1/8th note can be whatever you want it to be, depending on the musical context and what you are trying to achieve. I can think of a half-dozen different ways off the top of my head that I might handle that phrase.
Title: Re: Harmony question
Post by: Michel.R.E on September 14, 2013, 12:45:22 PM
I see two harmonies per measure, and it seems relatively straightforward.
the "D" quarter note in the 1st measure is a neighbour tone "non chord tone".

I could see the 2nd harmony of measure 1 being a secondary dominant that leads to the 1st chord of measure 2, which in turn would be a secondary dominant to the 2nd half of measure 2, which in turn could function as the dominant of measure 1. it all depends on what happens next in the music. it's a little hard to extrapolate too far from a very limited sample.
Title: Re: Harmony question
Post by: uncle808us on September 14, 2013, 04:41:32 PM
I see two harmonies per measure, and it seems relatively straightforward.
the "D" quarter note in the 1st measure is a neighbour tone "non chord tone".

I could see the 2nd harmony of measure 1 being a secondary dominant that leads to the 1st chord of measure 2, which in turn would be a secondary dominant to the 2nd half of measure 2, which in turn could function as the dominant of measure 1. it all depends on what happens next in the music. it's a little hard to extrapolate too far from a very limited sample.
For some reason I was thinking the "D" and the "E" in the first measure would be the notes to harmonize since the "E" is only an eighth note, (showing my ignorance here) how do you figure out that the "D" is a non chord tone? Is it because there are more notes belonging to a "C" chord? following that line of thinking in the next measure the "E" would be the non chord tone in a Dm Chord. Am I on the right track here?
Title: Re: Harmony question
Post by: Michel.R.E on September 14, 2013, 05:01:15 PM
I'm seeing C for the 1st half of measure 1, then A minor for the 2nd half (depending on musical style, it could be A minor with a 7th added).

The A minor chord serves as a sort of dominant to...

the first chord of measure 2 could be D minor (again, could also have an added 7th), then G7 (dominant in C).