A Natural & Intuitive Note Layout
Can you guess why the Harmonic Table is so useful?
What is it?
The Harmonic Table (map) is an arrangement of musical notes in a hexagonal lattice. The layout is logical and is surprisingly effective for learning, playing, and understanding music.
It makes an awesome tool for composition.
You don't need any theoretical analysis or esoteric knowledge to use a Harmonic Table instrument sucessfully.
Starting from any note (the middle of the diagram), the next note up-to-the-left is a minor third above the starting note. The next note directly above is a fifth above the starting note, and the next note up-to-the-right is a major third above the starting note.
Semitones are in horizontal lines, like the semitone between Minor 3rd and Major 3rd.
In this arrangement, a minor triad (three note chord) has the shape of a left-facing triangle, and a major triad has the shape of a right-facing triangle.
The Harmonic Table pattern can be extended in all directions, and all intervals, chords and scales have the same shape in any key.
All twelve notes of our Western scale fit into a logical pattern in a 2-dimensional surface.
Almost anyone can play recognisable tunes wihtin minutes,
although being able to improvise will obviously take very much longer.
With a little persistance you'll find that you can create with it much more easily than it might appear at first sight.
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