Friday, November 13, 2015

Escapes, Neighbors, and Other Non-Harmonic Tones

Welcome back! As always, put your answers in the comments below or on the video. Let's get to it!

1) Identify the type of non-harmonic tone in each example below:

2) Here's a melody with all chord tones. Spice it up by adding a few non-harmonic tones. You can add a lot or a little, it's up to you. Try to play it, or if you can't, send it to me and I'll make you a track of it. Here's what they base melody sounds like. I also added the note names below to help for those of you who can't read sheet music yet.

3) Let's talk about Appoggiaturas, because like I said it's a controversial definition. I've seen people use it to mean any non-harmonic tone, and on the other end of the spectrum I've seen people argue that it only counts if it's both unprepared and exactly the same length as the chord tone that follows it. I'm gonna try something new here: A research assignment. Go read up on the term. See what you can find and report back. Keep in mind that academic sources will skew towards a more classical definition, so if you have any friends who play contemporary music, as them about it. See what you can find on your own and let us know so we can all learn together.

And that's that! See you next week!


  1. Escape tone passing tone, neighbor tone and appoggiatura! Yay I am first!

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  2. 1. Escape Tone
    2. Passing Tone
    3. Neighboring Tone
    4. Appoggiatura