Compostion for Guitar, music theory

Study in Tenths

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.

Harmonized E major scale

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.

Study in 10ths

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