Harmony

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QUARTAL HARMONY

Quartal harmony refers to chords stacked in intervals of a fourth or its inversion, a 5th, sometimes called quintal harmony. It is still a very contemporary sound in jazz writing and occurs frequently on the Alive XV CD. This tutorial will demonstrate other musical examples that use quartal harmony. The examples below clearly demonstrate this technique.


Cheese That Time Forgot (concert pitch)

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Cheese That Time Forgot (concert pitch)

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North Rim (concert pitch)

NOTE: Transpose the top bass clef part (beginning on middle C) down one octave and observe how the notes now stack in fourths.

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