Jazz School: Quartal Tonality: Introduction

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Who says that chords can only be built by stacking major and minor thirds and that scales can only be built using half-steps and whole steps?

Why not build a scale or chord by stacking perfect fourths?

Let’s build such a scale-chord/chord-scale one-note-at-a-time using low C as our bass note…

First, add F a perfect 4th above C…

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Second, add Bb a perfect 4th above F…

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Third, add Eb a perfect 4th above Bb…

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and so on and so on…

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… until we come again to the note C having used all twelve possible tones along the way.

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And notice the uniquely dissonant, unstable, spacey, dreamy, and “out there” sound-feeling created by this mutant chromatic scale-chord/chord-scale…

learn more… Quartal Harmony: Quartal Triads (coming soon!)