Musical Techniques

Frequencies and Harmony

Musical Techniques

Dominque Paret, Consultant
Serge Sibony, Consultant

ISBN : 9781786300584

Publication Date : February 2017

Hardcover 304 pp

135 USD



If music is born of a succession of notes, only the art of choosing them well creates harmony. It is the different tones of a scale, their chords, tonal functions, movements and sequences that operate the magic sounds.
Both didactic and technical, this book presents a simple summary of the many components of musical harmony. Studying frequencies and resonances, it reveals the origins that intrinsically characterize the notes, the creations of scales, their specificities and the timbres of instruments. In order to understand what brings together these different elements in agreement, this work analyzes the physiological (functioning of the ear, etc.), physical (acoustics, spectral analysis, etc.) and mathematical aspects of harmony.
Accessible to both proven musicians and beginners, Musical Techniques: Frequencies and Harmony explains how to construct and perform successive sequences of harmonics, in order to harmonize, reharmonize, compose or improvise.


Part 1. Laying the Foundations
1. Sounds, Creation and Generation of Notes.
2. Generation of Notes.
3. Recreation: Frequencies, Sounds and Timbres.
4. Intervals.
5. Harshness, Consonance and Dissonance.
Part 2. Scales and Modes
6. Scales.
7. Scales, Degrees and Modes.
Part 3. Introduction to the Concept of Harmony: Chords
8. Harmony.
9. Chords.
Part 4. Harmonic Progressions
10. Some Harmonic Rules.
11. Examples of Harmonic Progressions.
12. Examples of Harmonizations and Compositions.

About the authors

Dominque Paret is Engineer ESIEE / DEA of physics and was responsible for the technical support of an international leader of electronic components for many years. Professor in numerous engineering schools in France and abroad, he runs a company of consultants/technical experts. He is also a seasoned jazz organist.

Serge Sibony is Engineer ESTP, head of products systems construction, research and development director and Professor in several schools of engineers. A jazz pianist and the author of a series of works on musical composition, he is also a creator and independent developer of sharewares related to music.

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