Major isn’t happy, Minor isn’t sad

From David Bennett Piano.

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Major vs minor is often treated as the great dichotomy of harmony, but in reality major and minor are just two points on our tonal spectrum. Simplifying the two down to apparent opposite emotions, happy and sad, really doesn’t do justice to how these sounds operate and contrast against each other. So today we are going to look at a different way to consider these two tonalities and we will also discuss what really makes a song sound happy or sad.

My video on the Modal Spectrum:

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0:00 Introduction
0:40 Minor but happy
1:56 Major but sad
3:52 Different types of happy and sad
5:30 the tempo dictates the mood
7:10 Synchron Duality Strings
7:56 Brightness
9:36 Modal Spectrum
13:04 Patreon