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Consonance and Dissonance
Music theory recognizes two main types of relationship between individual notes: consonance and dissonance. A consonant interval is defined as a harmony where each individual tone complements the other, increasing their mutual resonance and producing a pleasing or right sound together. A dissonant interval consists of two or more notes whose frequencies interfere with each other in such a manner as to create an unsettling or unpleasant effect that seems to want to resolve into a consonant interval.
However, dissonance can sometimes be a desirable characteristic in a piece, as it creates instability and discomfort that can then be resolved into a pleasing consonant interval, almost creating a sense of a hard-won struggle. The main melodies that make up a piece are usually organized along with chord progressions that create a sequential progression of consonant and dissonant intervals that resolve into each other to follow the melody.