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Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 8 iOS Tutorials

mDecks Music released a couple of tutorials for the recently released Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 8 on iOS!

Video Description:

Learn all functions and cadences in all keys.

Practice Improvisation with its play along.

Write your own music using a map that reveals the secrets of tonality.

Learn about harmonic progressions and functions,. Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro is an incredible tool for songwriters, composers, students and teachers. From Jazz & Classical to Pop, Rock & New Age music, this app will take your writing and understanding of tonal music and music theory to the next level. Learn how to use chords and interpret their harmonic functions. Use the app as a harmonic ear training tool.

There is also an optional collection of seven Workbooks for the app.

Reader Comments 4

I have a mixed reaction to this app. Will adopting this map impose a structure that constricts creative freedom? I imagine you can embrace this concept of ii goes to V goes to I, or "pre-dominant" (ii, IV etc) to dominant. I just wonder how it affects the way you think in the thick of the work.

I don't compose much, but when I do, it's usually a pretty intense process. The flow of chords is in some ways like a story that takes you from place to place. I don't want this kind of map messing with my mojo. Arguably, it is that structure that I'm already struggling AGAINST when I compose.

I don't doubt that if someone analyzed my work they could find it all falls into that structure nicely. But I contend that my composition would not have turned out the same if I had mastery of that map, and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Another concept ("map") that I am at least sometimes mindful of, is that of ROOT MOVEMENT. For a series of chords, each chord has a implied root (it might be vague, and I might play with that ambiguity), and the root from one chord to the root of the next chord can move up a 4th, down a 4th, down a 3rd, up a 3rd, down a step, or up a step. You can decide if the size of the step, 3rd, or 4th stay in the scale or depart. You can decide if the chord quality adheres to the scale or includes new notes (not in the scale). You can decide whether to use straight up triads or any combinatino of notes. You can stick a different bass note under the chord to create different kinds of tension. That's pretty much it for diatonic harmony.

This app seems great for people who want to enter the palace of jazz and lock the door behind them.
September 22, 2020  | favorite_border stub
It really comes down to personal workflow preferences. There have been many times here where I have been accused of being "anti-Music Theory" because I'm anti-Music Theory for me! My whole flow got flipped once I started to understand music theory, and it felt constricting to my creative process.

But I don't think my experience is something that everyone else should take heed of. There have been far more producers who benefited from their education, than those that were stifled by it.

I would never tell anyone else not to pursue it... except for lefties. Lefties look at the world unlike the preponderance of people around them. We all try to pretend we're "normal" but it really is an entirely different perspective. Not merely a flipped view, but a view that focuses differently and on different things. Creating from that perspective is not aided by strict formulae.
Yes the app is called Mapping Tonal Harmony, so it is sticking to those structures. I think it is more of an analysis tool. The map is a bit confusing and as I have learned pretty well how to analyze these structures I haven't bothered trying to figure out what the map is all about. I use it for play along backing tracks, for what that is worth, but chords have to be hunted down on the map instead of just input by name, which I suppose is a way of getting one to learn the tonal structure. When I compose with chords and melody I try to hear the harmony that is is my head along with the melody that is coming through. If there are issues with how passages resolve or other things I then I look to rules to work that out if I need to. This is the approach I encourage for students of music and visual arts, use your intuition first then use the rules if you have to. There is a lot in jazz that is the same way as it has evolved beyond tonality, so sticking to tonality is still a choice and maybe good in knowing when ideas and compositions break out of that.
September 22, 2020  | favorite_border Laarz
I've learned lots of music theory and I'm thankful that I seem to be able to switch it off when I'm composing and work creatively-- especially with chords.

This kind of analysis can be very useful for people with absolutely no idea where to start. It can also be helpful for understanding how things are structured in music that already exists. But there are several valid and coherent ways to understand chords, and this is just one.

These kinds of tools can lead you to the top of the mountain in terms of mastery, there are other paths that lead to mastery.
September 22, 2020  | favorite_border stub
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