#1
I saw the term 'Chromatic Harmony' a few days ago, and it got me thinking; what exactly is chromatic harmony, and how does it differ from diatonic harmony? Is it just chords played chromatically, or does it have it's own system?

Also, any examples of it played would be great. Thanks you all.
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Chromatic harmony at a basic level refers to use of diminished 7ths, neapolitan 6ths and augmented 6ths.

As a whole it refers to any use of chromaticism, secondary dominants, altered chords, borrowed chords etc etc
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Chromatic harmony is just harmony that contain notes outside of the 7 diatonic tones. So for example, D7 (as a V/V) in the key of C major is considered chromatic harmony because it has an F# as a leading tone to G (root of V).

So in practice, a lot of music has chromatic harmony, ranging from simple secondary dominants or a minor iv in a major key in pop music...to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiLVIzDtMOY

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Chromatic harmony at a basic level refers to use of diminished 7ths, neapolitan 6ths and augmented 6ths.

As a whole it refers to any use of chromaticism, secondary dominants, altered chords, borrowed chords etc etc

Oh, okay. That makes a lot more sense now. Thank you much kind sir!


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Chromatic harmony is just harmony that contain notes outside of the 7 diatonic tones. So for example, D7 (as a V/V) in the key of C major is considered chromatic harmony because it has an F# as a leading tone to G (root of V).

So in practice, a lot of music has chromatic harmony, ranging from simple secondary dominants or a minor iv in a major key in pop music...to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiLVIzDtMOY

Oooh, that sounds really cool. Makes the spine tingle a lot bit.

So, going from that definition, parts of this piece would be chromatic harmony because a lot of the chords are not diatonic, yah?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeqfQCnMusE
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I like using the II or a bvii in an major key because then i can hit the augmented fourth and the minor seventh which are my favorite when mixed into a major key
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Oooh, that sounds really cool. Makes the spine tingle a lot bit.

So, going from that definition, parts of this piece would be chromatic harmony because a lot of the chords are not diatonic, yah?

Most classical music have very high degree of chromatic harmony. But it's not like a thing where a composer goes "ooh now I'm gonna break out the chromatic harmony w0oo0o0o000ooo0o0oo0o." It's just inherent in the voiceleading and counterpoint language.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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I like using the II or a bvii in an major key because then i can hit the augmented fourth and the minor seventh which are my favorite when mixed into a major key

Sounds pretty tasty. By 'pretty tasty,' I of course mean delicious. :P


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Most classical music have very high degree of chromatic harmony. But it's not like a thing where a composer goes "ooh now I'm gonna break out the chromatic harmony w0oo0o0o000ooo0o0oo0o." It's just inherent in the voiceleading and counterpoint language.

Just for safety reasons, I'm going to make the assumption at least one person has broken out the 'w0oo0o0o000ooo0o0oo0o, chromatic harmony! ' card at some point or another in history.

Thanks for your help once again!
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Just for safety reasons, I'm going to make the assumption at least one person has broken out the 'w0oo0o0o000ooo0o0oo0o, chromatic harmony! ' card at some point or another in history.


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chromatic harmony is what turns a snoop wolf into a snoop lion in the big city

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