What consonances and dissonances are and how to recognize them at any time.


What are consonances and dissonances?

Music is made of continuous alternating between moments of tension and rest.
We have already mentioned how in the scale some notes have a dynamic role (dominant and leadin tone), while others have a function of rest (tonic). When overlapping sounds, we can create either a sensation of stability or of tension and thus create a harmonic interval.
Depending on the possible combinations, we are able to obtain very different sensations of hearing.

Today’s lesson includes various things:

  • We will see in depth consonances and dissonances
  • We will introduce an important concept, the resolution of a dissonance.
  • We will learn to classify different intervals and when an interval is consonance or a dissonance

At the end of the videos you will find a pdf table classifying the consonance and dissonance intervals.

Learning material of this lesson

4 videos 22 mins
1. What consonances and dissonances are 3m 46s
2. The way to classify intervals in consonances and dissonances 4m 56s
3. Practical examples of consonances and dissonances 6m 04s
4. What is ‘resolution’ and its important consequences in studying harmony 6m 50s
+ 1 pdf files
... to continue this video lesson

The access to this lesson is reserved to Premium Membership subscribers.

If you are already registered you can simply log in.

Not a Premium Member yet?

Register today, or upgrade if you are already a free member, to access this and all the other lessons of the premium membership.

Free Access

With a Free account you gain immediate access to 15 lessons of piano, theory, harmony, music reading and composition (36 videos).

This content is for members only.

2 thoughts on “What consonances and dissonances are and how to recognize them at any time.

  1. Tensaxer

    Interestingly opening my sence of understanding, regarding harmonic construction: I can hardly wait to begin imposing my will towards “breaking all the rules”, yet correctly!


Please Login to post a comment