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Music App For String Quartets

What would the ideal app for string quartets?  Maybe an app isn’t the first thing you would think of in connection with a musical form that goes back to the 18th century.  But actually the composers of that period, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, would probably have been fascinated an app for string quartets.  After all the 18th century was very [...]

Harmony And Counterpoint

Harmony and counterpoint can be confusing for music students to distinguish at first. This is because counterpoint is a form of harmony, however it is a compositional technique in its own right. While techniques forming two note chords and beyond can be classed as harmony, counterpoint is more specific. Counterpoint is defined as ‘two or more musical lines that [...]

Grade V Theory

Grade  theory is often used as a benchmark for music knowledge and refers to the ABRSM music theory exams. These exams help students beginning with the fundamental building blocks of music theory, and progress to cover western music history and periodic styles, their composers, an introduction to composition techniques and beyond. ABRSM require Grade 5 theory to be obtained [...]

Choral Music

Choral music is defined as music that is sung by a choir with two or more voices assigned to each part. This is a huge umbrella term for all of the different ensemble groupings and techniques that choral music can encompass, and there are lots of styles and functions that can be performed within this definition. Historically, the beginnings [...]

Barbershop Music

Barbershop music is a distinctive a cappella group that is characterised by its close harmony of four-part chords. Originating in the late 19th Century in America and following a revival in the 1930s, the genre is still very much alive and popular today. The barbershop quartet is probably the most well known grouping for this style as barbershop music [...]

Backing Vocals

The popularity of backing vocals soared in the 1950s and 60s with an explosion of groups who brought vocal harmonies to the forefront of pop music. Sometimes these harmonies sing ‘ooh’s and ‘ah’s, and other times they support the lyrics and sing the same words as the lead vocal. Other well-used lyrical harmony techniques include singing in a canon, [...]

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