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HARMONIC DICTATION


[All the material on this page is free.]
LISTEN to a chord progression.

HOW WELL can you take down the soprano and bass notes, as well as write Roman and Arabic numerals? Find out! It's easy:

  1. DOWNLOAD the answer sheets (pdf files).
  2. CLICK and PLAY one of the numbers below (mp3 files).
  3. WRITE the soprano, bass, Roman and Arabic numerals on the answer sheet.
  4. DOWNLOAD the solutions (pdf).
  ...and 5. CHECK your answers!!


Answer sheets for CD 1
Solutions for CD 1
Answer sheets for CD's 2 to 4
Solutions for CD's 2 to 4

Audio clips of related real music follow the numbers for a set of dictation exercises. These musical excerpts also appear in the Contextual Listening section of this site--mostly on the Cadences and Harmonic Progression pages.



CD 1


1. CADENCES

      1 , 2 , 3 , 4
      5 ,

6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10

      11 , 12 , 13

      14 , 15 , 16


   2. DOMINANT EXPANSIONS WITH CADENTIAL 6/4
      17 , 18 , 19



   3. DOMINANT PREPARATIONS, ii AND IV
      20 , 21 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 , 26




CD 2


   1. EXPANSIONS OF THE INITIAL TONIC
      1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13

   2. OTHER DOMINANT EXPANSIONS, AND EXPANSIONS OF ii AND IV
      14 , 15 , 16 , 17 ,



   3. vi LEADING TO DOMINANT PREPARATIONS
      18 , 19 , 20 , 21 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25




CD 3


   ROOT POSITION DOMINANT SEVENTHS
      1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 14 , 15 , 16 , 17 , 18




CD 4


   1. INVERSIONS OF V7
      1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 ,

   2. LEADING TONE SEVENTHS
      11 , 12 , 13 , 14 , 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 ,

   3. THE SECONDARY DOMINANT, V/V
      19 , 20




WHEN YOU FINISH


try the ones at AP Central (you must first log in).
Click on "Theory Audio Prompts" for a particular year.
Then click on "Music, Question 3" or "Music, Question 4."


I have put these dictations on CD's for my students, so that is why I have organized them that way here.

Play these between 2 and 4 times depending on the length of the phrase. Use your judgement.

I have boosted the volume for the soprano and bass. If you still can't hear them, feed your audio out to some external speakers. Dinky computer speakers could be the problem. If you still have trouble hearing the soprano and bass, maybe you really really need to listen carefully ;-) Be patient. With practice you will be able to hear them better and better.

Hope these are helpful!

~ Gil