This I Dig of You
Q. How strict are these tendencies? For example, does "re" always have to go to "Do?"
A. No. You will see "re" move to other notes all the time. For example, passing tones, which move from one chord tone to another fill in the steps between chord tones. You will see "re" move to "mi" and "fa" and "sol" as a chord scale fragment. The tendencies in this lesson are common, strong melodic motion that serve as a guide for you when you are constructing melodies. Feel free to experiment and to deviate from these tendencies.
Q. How subjective is this idea of tendency tones?
A. The tendencies do vary from the ones described in this lesson because tendencies are affected by their harmonic context. In general, however, if you build lines that abide by the tendencies outlined in this lesson, they will yield, more often than not, strong, satisfying lines.
Q. Are there harmonic tendency tones?
A. The tendencies do function harmonically. For instance, the strong harmonic motion of the V-I progression is driven by the tendencies of "sol-do" and "ti-do." The tendency of "fa-mi" is the basis for the sus chord.