Lesson 155: 12- Tone Music
A Tone Row
A tone row is an ordering of the 12 pitches in the chromatic scale. Every pitch has to be used before any pitch is repeated, the same pitch can be used twice in succession, however.
I experimented a little and came up with the following tone row: c b g bb a f c# e d eb f# ab. I started with the phrase consisting of the first five notes and then tried to use the rest of the pitches to make up a logical sounding four-bar phrase. I put much emphasis on making it rhythmically interesting. I decided to repeat the a in the beginning of the the second phrase - that sounds good and logically connects it to the first phrase.
I then used this 12-tone row as the source material for a bass line:
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