Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most remarkable musicians in our history. He is known to have taught his own students the principles of music by making them study and write chorales. These brief pieces of music were essential to the Lutheran liturgy and are masterpieces of harmonic virtuosity and musical instruction. They have been the cornerstone of learning to write good harmony and have been extolled by practically all the great musicians who have followed in his wake. This comprehensive course will teach you how to go about harmonising a Chorale in the style of JS Bach. Starting with the rules of basic harmony writing, enhancing Chorales with the use of suspensions and passing notes, the course moves on to working Chorale exercise.
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Hi, I’m Gareth and I'm passionate about developing ‘the all round musician’.
Nearly 35 years of music examining with ABRSM, work with the BBC on Radio and TV, experience on the international concert platform, as a published composer and arranger, have brought rich resources to the 40 years of teaching in which I've engaged.
Scholarships at The Royal College of Music, Oxford University and St. Paul’s Cathedral gave me fantastic opportunities to learn from the best musicians, scholars and teachers. Working as Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School then provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching skills.
Teaching individuals and groups of all ages, and at all stages of development have refined a teaching approach that I hope is fun and engaging, and focused on explaining things clearly and logically. And that is what these courses are all about - understanding the basic principles with clarity, then going deeper, applying them to your musical life and liberating yourself as a musician.
It’s a rich and amazing journey, and I can’t wait for you to join me today!
StartLesson 1 - Harmony (52:54)
StartLesson 2 - Writing Effective Harmony (53:26)
StartLesson 3 - Harmonic Analysis (52:02)
StartLesson 4 - Passing Notes (26:45)
StartLesson 5 - Suspensions (16:32)
StartLesson 6 - Melodic Approach (26:07)
StartLesson 7 - Harmonising a Chorale (55:17)
PreviewLesson 8 - Harmonising a Chorale 2 (59:14)