Christmas Puzzles and Music Theory?

We are designing our next Music Theory App and we found it was a perfect fit for a Christmas App!

The new Music Theory Puzzles series will include musical terms and concepts, harmony, melodic dictation, interval and chord recognition, and much more, at different levels depending on the volume number you get, all presented as puzzles for you to solve using your knowledge in music theory. It is a great tool to study and learn music theory, while trying to solve music puzzles in a fun way.

We tested the app using a few Christmas puzzles and it turned out to be such fun that we decided to create an All-Christmas app with Christmas songs and images made into puzzles.

There are plenty of puzzles, some of them are easy but they get harder to decipher as you advance in the game.

Of course, there are NO ADS and the cost of the app is only $0.99 🙂

Here’s a short Demo Video of the app

If you want to learn more you can visit the webpage: Christmas Puzzles by mDecks Music

Or go directly to the App Store: App Store Christmas Puzzles by mDecks Music

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Reharmonizing the V7 with the SubV7

One of the most-often-used re-harmonization of the V7 is done by replacing that chord with the subV7.

Which chord is the subV7
The subV7 is a dominant chord a tritone away from the V7 (also a half step above the tonic or I)

Why does the subV7 work as a substitute of the V7?
There are two main reasons why this chord is such a perfect substitute for the V7

  • The guide tones (3 & 7) are the same in both functions.
    The 3 & 7 in the subV7 are the 7 & 3 in V7. The guide tones are the notes that give the chord its characteristic sound. In dominant chords, the guide tone (3,7) are a tritone apart. The tritone is an interval with lots of tension, [it used to be called “The devil’s interval” back in the middle ages] , which wants to resolve by moving each note half a step in opposite directions, thus turning into a major 3rd (when resolving inward) or a minor 6th (when resolving outward)
    Example: In the key of C • G7 is the V7 • 3rd is B • 7th is F (since it is a flat seventh in dominants). B-F is a tritone. It wants to resolve either: inward to C-E (major 3rd) or, outward to Bb-Gb (minor 6th). A tritone apart from G is Db which would be the root of the subV7 in the key of C, and the guide tones in Db are F (the 3rd) and C flat (the flat 7th, which is B). Thus, we can resolve those two notes, as if we were in G7, to E and C, the tritone then resolves as expected in the key of C from Db7.
  • The root of the subV7 is a half step above the I (tonic)
    The bass-line for a V7-I progression moves down a perfect fifth (which is a very powerful bass movement).
    When substituting the V7 with the subV7, the bass-line for the subV7-I is moving a half step down (which is as strong as the perfect fifth). Substituting the V7 with the subV7 gives us a strong bass-line that resolves tension well.

Here are the two examples using Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 5 to view the different paths taken when using the V7 and/or the subV7 in the progression IIm7 – V7 – I (2-5-1)

Mapping Tonal Harmony 2-5-1 harmonic progression
The standard jazz progression (2-5-1) shown functionally in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro
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The standard subV7 substitution shown functionally in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro
The standard subV7 substitution shown in the key of Eb major in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro
The standard subV7 substitution shown in the key of Eb major in Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro

Study Tonal Harmony like never before!

map40Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 4.1 is now availbale at the App Store

The Mapping Tonal Harmony Workbooks Vol. 1 thru 7
are also available at mDecks.com

About the Mapping Tonal Harmony Workbooks
The volumes in the Mapping Tonal Harmony collection have been envisioned as auxiliary material in the study of Tonal Harmony. The main objective of these books is to provide the student, teachers, composers and/or songwriters with a tool that will aid them in hearing, analyzing, foreseeing, and composing harmonic progressions without struggle, in all keys alike.

What’s new in version 4.1
. Larger Keyboard for better access to key changes.
. Improved tapping response for map functions.
. New tutorials on how to use the app
. Minor bug fix (previous voicing now shows now in the correct inversion)

What’s new in version 4.0
. Standard classical notation for all functions and inversions
. Inversions: Root, first, second and third inversions are now available in all modes
. Pedal points in all modes
. Five-part Voicings. Choose from a stock of voicings in SSATB configuration
. Standard music notation now shows the current and previous chord-voicing
. Voice-Leading Algorithm with a randomly selected voicing candidate to create valid variations for any progression
. Bass movement detector which identifies bass-lines in real-time
. 3-D Sound Panning: the sound for each function is now panned by using its location on the map.
. One Sound Bank for both Classical and Jazz voicings (now included within the app, no wifi necessary on installation)
. New Sliders which are more responsive and with buttons to change & control tempo and cadence-lines
. Progression paths can now be turned on/off
. Progress-bar reflects the current song playing time in audio mode
. Audio Songs Original Key button allows you to view the map in the song’s original key
. New Progressions using inversions and bass-lines
. Online manual

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Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 4.1

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro for iPad

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro for iPad is now available at the App Store
The Mapping Tonal Harmony app is an incredible tool for songwriters, composers, students and teachers. From Jazz & Classical to Pop, Rock & New Age music, this app will take your writing and understanding of tonal music to the next level.

The volumes in the Mapping Tonal Harmony collection have been envisioned as auxiliary material in the study of Tonal Harmony. The main objective of these books is to provide the student, teachers, composers and/or songwriters with a tool that will aid them in hearing, analyzing, foreseeing and composing harmonic progressions without struggle, in all keys alike.

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