Harmonizing Scales

I was looking back at the newsletters I published in early 2014, and in revisiting all the descending scales and modes, I got a good batch of new ideas. What inspired me most was working slowly and methodically with block chord shapes. These are moving along very slowly: I mostly keep them at the half-note level and take my time — letting them ring out nice and long.

Here is one version of the descending D Major (while I’m tuned in DAD):

DA/C#G/BD/AGD/F#A/ED
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Adding Minor Triads:

DF#m/C#G/BD/AEm/GD/F#A/ED
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DA/C#G/BF#m/AEm/GBm/F#A/ED
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