Volume 3, the fourth in The Young Musician’s Series set, was written to introduce students to the basic concepts of harmony in music.
It begins with a brief definition and consideration of musical harmony. This is followed by an explanation and study of scale degrees. Volume 3 then advances into an presentation and description of musical intervals. A detailed examination of chords, ranging from two note to five note structures, comprise the next lesson. An exploration of chord inversion follows. Next, Volume 3 takes a close look at the relation between chords and scales. A description and sampling of common chord progressions follows. Next, the subject of multiple layers of sound, or voicings, is examined. Finally, a detailed look at the character and function of tensions (dissonant sounds) round out the material of this volume.
As with all volumes in this series, each lesson in Volume 3 includes a Review of prior lesson data, a statement of current Lesson Goals, intermittent and final Lesson Reviews, a post-lesson Quiz and independent Projects based on the current lesson’s data. There are numerous illustrations and music examples, which are both appealing and a learning aid.