Once again, the title of today’s tip might sound a bit intimidating… but it is a lot more simpler than you think.
Today, we will be talking about building clusters that span over the harmonic interval distance of a perfect fifth by using only four different pitches.
Basically, to build a closed fifth cluster, you take a melody and harmonize underneath it by a perfect fifth interval. Then, you “fill in the middle” with the diatonic minor third of major fifth. So, now you have a bunch of triads. Finally, you add a note a perfect fourth below the melody note. And there you go, harmonization built from closed fifth clusters:
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