Triad Inversion and 7th chord inverted

Triad inversion A triad is inverted when the lowest note is moved up an octave. Triads occur in three different positions (root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion) If the root of the chord is the lowest note (bass note), the triad is in root position If the third of the chord is the lowest ...

RCM Rudiments – identify triad, dominant 7th, diminished 7th, Quartal, polychord chords

How to identify chords Here is sample question in RCM advanced Rudiments exam – Identify each of the following chords as Major chord, Minor chord, augmented chord, diminished chord, dominant seventh chord, diminished seventh chord, quartal chord, polychord, or cluster. (Quiz, answer is at the end of this document) This might sounds overwhelmed, so let’s take ...

Complete measures with rests

A common question on Rudiments of Music exams is those fill-in-the-blank style question. You are given a measure of music with a time signature, a couple of notes, and a bracket. You are asked to complete the measure with rests on the staff below the bracket. Your job is to figure out the right values ...

Music intervals and Compound interval Explained

I’m helping my daughter Jolene prepare for her RCM advanced rudiments exam. I think the tips I gathered from various places (from her teacher, internet and practices) will be helpful to other students. Intervals An interval is the distance between two music pitches. Intervals consist a prefix and a number, for example Major 3, Perfect 5, ...