So, if you wanna flip the script on your songwriting and try something completely different, check out today's episode of the Hack Music Theory show: Jacob Collier, Negative Harmony, and How to Write a Negative Melody (15-minute YouTube video), and be sure to catch Jacob's personal message to you at 0:20 in our video/podcast. So our new melody looks like this (G – C – D – Eb – Bb – Ab – G): Notice how when the original melody goes up (like from C – G or A – B – C), the Negative melody goes downward, and vice versa. Close. I’ve been teaching music theory for over two decades, and throughout that time I’ve had countless musicians argue with me that music theory hinders creativity, and unsurprisingly, not once has this argument ever come from someone who actually understands music theory, because those who learn theory, experience the exact opposite. The blue lines represent inverted chords, and the red dotted arrow shows a normal chord progression on the right, and the normal inverted chord progression on the left. With inverted intervals, the lower note of the chord or interval becomes the higher note, like a G Maj chord G-B-D would be in first inversion with the G at the top, reading B-D-G, as shown below in this chord inversion. The notes in the G Maj chord (G – B – D) invert to C – Ab – F, which can be written as an F min chord. Download my free eBook with all my favourite music theory resources. 28. It is based on the inversion of chords and notes around an axis. Part 3 of Jazzmodes’ negative harmony series has some more explanation on why it makes sense to select the root this way. If the song you are listening to or writing is in a key different to that of C, just rotate the Circle of 5ths diagram and draw the dotted red line between that note and its P5, and then from there connect the blue lines across it. Gymnopedie #1, Upside Down, aka Negative Harmony for Dummies. A very recent shop-talking interview with Jacob has already attracted several hundred This is always an in-between note, one that does not appear on a piano or any major instrument. I've received several emails asking me about a few cryptic statements by Jacob Collier regarding negative dominant chords. Yep, on the weekend we officially became Mr and Mrs Harmony. If you have any questions or comments definitely let us know below and we’ll do our best to answer. Whenever the world is lucky beyond lucky, we get gifted with a human who somehow manages to work their compositional and performance skills to an equally genius level. Hopefully you have been following along so far! Chords and chord progressions are even more tricky because you’re inverting multiple notes at once around the axis. If we keep the C chord the same (because we still want to stay in the original key of C Maj), the chord progression becomes Bb Maj – F min – C. Just as we did with single notes, we can also use the Circle of 5ths to figure out the Negative inversions of entire chords. Any Maj7 chord (D Maj7 = D – F# – A – C#) ⇨ Min(b6) (Bb min[b6] = Bb – Db – F – Gb), Any min7 chord (E min7 = E – G – B – D) ⇨ Maj6 (Ab Maj6 = Ab – C – Eb – F), Any 7 chord (G7 = G – B – D – F) ⇨ min6 (F min6 = F – Ab – C – D). In short, it’s because this will cause the mirror roots to always move proportionately to and opposite of the original roots on the circle of fifths (descending fifths become ascending fifths, etc). Sometimes these hits don’t even contain any chords, and when they do, they’re often in the background acting as sonic filler. Here’s the list of notes and their Negative inversions around the C — G axis (E/Eb midpoint): If you know the Circle of 5ths, another way to learn these inversions by mirroring the circle around a line created in between C and G. The blue lines connect notes that are Negatives, and the red line acts as the axis of inversion. Samuel Chase has been playing music since he was 5 years old, and teaching music since he was 13. It ended up going viral, and now every musician and their cat is obsessed with this negative harmony thing Jacob talked about. As we mentioned above, the axis of inversion is basically a line drawn between the main tonic note of a piece of music and its Perfect 5th interval above.