Permuted Harmony (HP1)

Our four Permuted Harmony cards are an excellent didactic resource for working on compositions, musical form, arrangements and harmony. Intuitive, with a simple design, relatively large (20 × 10 cm) and economical. The four cards complement each other and can be used to compose short musical pieces.

Edition: Harmony-Games
Printing: Digital
Copyright: Oriol Ferré, 2013©


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The cards

Based on the movement of vocal ensembles, the Permuted Harmony cards allow you to create short arrangements with a bass line. Four cards – with four notes each – are played simultaneously and can generate different chord sequences. Thus, each card leads you to play one of the notes of the chord.

Functions of the cards:

• Cards 1, 2 and 3 are the ones that show the harmony and complement each other to form the different chords. Each card has notes of different colors and a maximum of three different notes.
• Card number 4 corresponds to the bass. All its notes are red and correspond to the root of the chord in question.

Colors of the notes:

• Red. The root, first degree of the chord.
• Green. The third of each chord
• Yellow. The fifth of each chord.

How to use Permuted Harmony Cards?

You can begin to play the cards from any side taking the direction that you want. Therefore, it is possible to choose several paths: U, C, Z, N. There are a total of twelve possible sequences. Depending on which one is chosen, you will create one harmony or another.

Also, at the bottom of each card all the possibilities and four-chord harmonic cadences are indicated. As the chords correspond to the tonic, dominant and subdominant string of a tonality in C major, their order is not important: the result will always sound good!


The teacher assigns cards to four different groups. Next, an order is established, for example, a Z-chord. The group that has the bass card will have to play the chord “do-sol-do-fa”. The other groups will have to play the corresponding chord that accompanies it.

More possibilities:

• Perform the activity with instruments. For example, a group of cellos, two groups of violins and a group of violas.
• Set different rhythms for each card.
• Create short compositions. For example, agree to previously follow the order ZUZ. In this way, the group that has the bass card will have to play “do-fa-sol-do, do-sol-do-fa, do-fa-sol-do”.

Permuted Harmony cards have many possibilities and make the teacher’s work easier when preparing a music lesson. Now that you know, all you need to do is take the baton and begin to play your short compositions.