Pronunciation: har-MAH-nee

What is Harmony?

Harmony is one of the essentials of music, with the other two being melody and rhythm. Harmony is described as the sound of 2 or more notes heard simultaneously. It comes from the Greek words, “harmonia,” which means “joint, agreement, concord,” and from the word “harmozo,” which means “to fit together, to join.”

Key Takeaways

  1. Harmony is a musical term that means two or more notes being played together at the same time, creating a cohesive whole.
  2. Harmony is one of the three major elements of music.
  3. Harmony can be pleasant and unpleasant to the ear, as long as there are more than two notes being played simultaneously.

Understanding Harmony

Harmony does not necessarily mean that the sound is pleasant. As long as two or more notes are played together at the same time creating a cohesive whole, the sound can be called such. Harmonization can be pleasant to the ear when there is a balance between relaxed and tense moments.

Related Terms

Chromatic A chromatic scale is a 12-pitch scale, each being a semi note or half-step, which are above or below the last note. more

Arpeggio Arpeggio is a musical theory also known as a broken chord. more

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