What is the opposite to harmony in piano playing?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Harmony is looking at stuff vertically. Looking at multiple voices sounding at the same time (or if not a singular moment, the 'harmonic rhythm') and the relationship of these notes & function in context.

    Melody is looking at stuff horizontally. Looking at a single voice sounding over time. The intervals durations of a single voice. Though you can imply harmony from melody, a single voice does not create harmony. (Unless you want to be technical and talk about the overtones that it creates). 

    So in the context of Mary had a little lamb

    You'd play in the RH

    EDCDEEE DDD EGG EDCDEEEEDDEDC

    In the left hand you could play a blocked chord 

    C-E-G, then B-F-G then C-E-G

    These are 'opposites'. 

    Even if you arpeggiate the LH so it's not over a single instance of time, the harmonic rhythm (the rate at which chords change) is extended, so that the single instance of time is now a measure or so. THAT is the new 'instant'.

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  • Discord is a form of harmony, by definition. 

    If you mean "harmonious" as it's usually meant, which would be described as "concordant" in musical jargon, then the opposite would be "discordant".

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  • Nicey8
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Dissonant music or more controversially atonal music.

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  • RJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It is dissonance

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  • Kathy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Out of tune..........

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  • 2 months ago

    The opposite of harmony is called jazz.

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  • 2 months ago

    "Dissonance"  perhaps

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You might say, "Discord."

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