Lecture 2: How We hear Music

  • Key Reference: This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin
  • Scales and Harmonies:
    • Long Form: Scales and Harmonies
    • Scale: The beaten path for composing melodies.
    • Western Scale: do-re-mi-fah-sol-la-ti-do, C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C
    • Blues and Jazz scale: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti/flat-do, C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C
    • Chords: Pleasing combinations of notes, e.g. C-E-G, a.k.a. tonic chord
    • Variations: Inversions, e.g. E-G-C, root note C jumps up an octave
    • Complex chords: small deviations from the tonic, e.g. adding a note like the sixth of the scale, C-E-G-A
    • Chord progressions: temporary shifts of scales, e.g. jump from root of C to root of F.
    • Listening exercise: It's a Low Down Dirty Shame Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • Listening exercise: Warm Hearted Woman Sugar Ray and the Bluetones.