Canadian composer, guitarist, theorist, educator.
Nov 21, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Just realized how cool the key change to the solo is in "Don't Fear the Reaper" - A minor to the chromatic mediant key of C minor using common pitches /thread #musictheory#blueoystercult#guitar#songwriting
The song is in an Aeolian A minor but we get that G# sounding like a leading note after the fermata Am chord before the solo enters. The G# and C (from the Am) are reinterpreted as the third (Ab) and 5th of an Fm chord in the first solo arpeggio (F Ab C)
Sep 13, 2020 • 25 tweets • 5 min read
I've been piecing together my thoughts on this over the last few days. /thread
tl;dr It's a lot better than I expected, great on Schenker; I've got some questions about the first half. #musictheory
It's pretty sophisticated and in-depth, structured around a conversation with @philewell - I only realized after seeing this that the man who sparked the Music Theory Culture War was someone I had dinner with at SMT 2018, as a minority travel grant recipient.
Sep 7, 2020 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
How do we make sense of "Girl From Ipanema"? /thread