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Chapter 19. Modal Interchange

19. Modal Interchange

Over the last few chapter of this book, we are going to explore chromatic harmony. Chromatic harmony is an absolutely brilliant way to bring a sense of new color, expression, and direction to our chord progressions. And its proper use liberates us from ever having to use the same formulaic chord progressions over and over again. Through chromatic harmony, we can create original-sounding, fresh, colorful, and atmospheric chord progressions. We can create chord progressions that automatically suggest the vast expanse of outer space or the lushness of a tropical forest. In fact, chromatic harmony opens up a whole world of atmosphere, color, and suggestion, which can both stimulate our creativity and increase the emotional power and range of expression of our music.

To use chromatic harmony, it is necessary to employ what are termed chromatic chords. So what is a chromatic chord? It draws from those notes of the chromatic scale that lie outside of the major or minor scale belonging to that key. The use of such chords is common in all styles of music that use major and minor scales. This is for the simple reason that the use of chromatic chords leads to a great enhancement and expansion of chordal and modal color, resources, and options that are available to us.


  

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