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Re: anti-looper bigots
The no parallel fifths rule is mostly for part-writing music for multiple
monophonic instruments. It's a good rule--if you write a four part
and it suddenly sounds hollow, parallel intervals is probably the reason
why. If you're making up guitar or bass parts and they're not in 3 part
harmony or if they're distorted, parallel fifths could sound wonderful.
I have experience with being in bands and having a guitar and bass doing
complementary lines that will sound like crap at one point, then I look at
the notes being played(usually a parallel interval), adjust one of my
to another octave, and it sounds SO much better.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Good" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: anti-looper bigots
> Jim Goodin wrote:
>> Love the Slayer story Kevin as well as the church forbidden 'tri-tones'
>> and to take that further when I was a freshman music major studying
>> year theory according to Paul Hindemith, we were instructed to avoid
>> parallel fifths in all of our assignments, strangely that was the
>> on the wall for me and was to become my favorite interval in so many
> I know there are authoritarian clowns who insist on rule-following with
> rational justification. But I've always taken rules like "no parallel
> fifths" to be things you work with while you're learning, temporary
> limitations you agree to in order to develop compositional control. You
> learn to recognize parallel fifths, you learn why you might want to
> them in a particular style of music--and then you do what you want when
> you're making your own music.
> An old teacher once told me that he didn't introduce rules so that his
> students would follow them rigidly. He presented the rules he used to
> his sound as a case study. When a student of his went on to develop a
> musical language of his/her own, with different rules, he considered it
> great success.
> I've recently been infatuated with a Jon Hassell sort of 1-2-5 parallel
> voicing on my soprano, using a pitch shifter. Everything I play that way
> incorporates parallel fifths. Nobody has tried to punch me out yet for
> doing it.