Tenths-a third plus an octave-can add an extra dimension to a composition by imparting depth and emotion to a melody or bass line. Tenths can even bring life and energy to a simple scale. Try playing this E major scale harmonized with parallel tenths. The upper notes add a bit of color without obscuring the scale itself.
This study in E major incorporates parallel tenths throughout. Using tenths exclusively in a composition can be challenging. To make things a bit more interesting, I added some rhythmic variations. I also used natural harmonics in the middle and end of the piece breaks the parallel tenth pattern and punctuate the two main phrases, giving the piece some shape.