A sequence of musical notes in ascending or descending order of pitch.

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What exactly is a Major scale?

So, typically you compose a happy song in a major scale, or, in my case Progressive House, in a Major scale. But, if C# major's relative key is A# Minor, what exactly is a major scale and how do you ...
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Why do keyboards have the current configuration, based on Do scale?

As a kid I always wondered why there was a missing key between Fa and Mi in piano keyboards. Later I learned the reason. There is only a semi-tone distance between this two notes and therefor no in ...
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Is there a composition theory that uses Fourier analysis to explore the relation between timbre and pitch? [closed]

Is there a theory of musical composition based on or heavily influenced by Fourier analysis or synthesis, thereby enabling the composer to tie timbre to pitch, scale, and/or tuning?
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Is there a name for this scale? (C Locrian with diminished 6)

I see that there are quite a few questions that are essentially "is there a name for this scale" so I thought I would be more specific in the title. Essentially I came up with a melody in a scale ...
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Whats are some ways of visualizing notes on guitar's fret-board if you come from piano background?

I come from piano background and it's been really difficult to visualize the notes I'm playing on guitar. On piano it's simple - they follow sequentially. So, my question is - what is the best way to ...
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Is there a note that stays the same?

I just had a bizarre thought! Is there a note that stays the same regardless of what scale you are in?? Is there any in the Major scales or in the minor scales?
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Arpeggio sequences

For my entire learning career as a violinist (25 years) I've been given arpeggios to practice with similar characteristics, always in a specific order. 1) there's the regular major (1 3 5 8 5 3 1). ...
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Difference between a key and a scale [duplicate]

I am just getting into trying to learn music theory and am having some trouble differentiating the difference between what a key and a scale is. I have been told that they are different but do not ...
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Theory of scales in piano improvisation

I'm learning the piano and just learned two scales, A and C (and the theory as to how to make the other keys: WWHWWWH). Other than learning how to make major/minor/dim etc chords how else can I use ...
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Why is it called the chromatic scale?

The definition of chromatic as given by Google: adjective: chromatic MUSIC: relating to or using notes not belonging to the diatonic scale of the key in which a passage is written. (of a scale) ...
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How to determine which Note is Scale Degree 7 in A Major?

What note is scale degree 7 in A Major? It seems to me it might be A but I do not know. How do you determine which note corresponds to the 7th scale degree. What about the other notes and their ...
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How many sharps in G Dorian Minor?

How many sharps are in G Dorian Minor? I believe that there aren't any but I am not sure. Please help me solve this problem.
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Third Degree On Major [duplicate]

Compared to a major scale, what mode starts on scale degree three? I think it is minor but I do not know.
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Can someone please tell me why there are 5 different patterns to Penatonic scales

I mean if you can move them, why do you need more than one? All are movable up and down the fretboard? Right? So why does each need 5 patterns and how do you know which one to use? This has really ...
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Is this chord progression in A minor, or C major? [duplicate]

I got in an argument with a buddy of mine over whether the chord progression I had written was in C Major, or A Minor. I've read up on what makes it one or the other, and I strongly feel it is C ...
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Why do the notes of Melodic-Minor Scale change when you play it in descending order?

Okay I'll admit, I don't know everything about music theory but I was pretty sure that any given diatonic (7 note) scale contained particular notes that defined the scale and were unique to the scale ...
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A-minor scale has different notes when descending

I've been working through this A minor scale and I just can't figure why the fret changes when I descend the scale — how is G sharp; now on a different fret when I'm doing it as A flat? Is the ...
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Why is the key of C the one key with no sharps or flats? [duplicate]

It would seem like that would have been A from a logical stand point. Does anyone know the origin of this as to how music evolved this way with C being the so-called starter key? Just a curiosity on ...
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Penta scale. Fingering?

What is the most common fingering for the pentatonic scale? Minor and major. All of them. I don't know about standards; there are lots of different fingerings you could use. I would like to know what ...
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Is there a simple way to transpose a song from one key to another? What is the methodology?

What is a simple way to accomplish transposing a song from one key to another key? In other words if I am looking at a song written in the key of C and can't sing it in that key and I want to ...
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Sending microtuned MIDI notes to audio software

I know about the possibility to microtune softwares such as Logic or Pianoteq, connect a regular midi keyboard and be able to play microtuned scales. My question, however, is if I connect an ...
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Are sharp keys “bright” and flat keys “dark”?

I was reading this book and on the "Circle of Fifths" chapter it claims that keys with sharp key signatures (C, G, D, ...) are "often though by musicians" to be "bright" sounding and those with flat ...
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Does the old Druid song, Les Series, have an ancient melody as Villemarque charted it?

This may be too long and specialized for many, but I'll put it up and see what kind of interest or reaction there is: Some of you may have heard of the old Druid number tutorial, Les Series or Ar ...
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A scale question

If the interval between the root and the 3rd contains 4 half steps, why does the interval between the root and the 5th contain 7 half steps rather than 8?
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In what key is the song with the following chords [C#] [F#] [A#m] [E]? [duplicate]

I already know of the question How to know which scale a song uses?. I made a guitar song with the following chords [C#] [F#] [A#m] [E]. However, if I sing it instead of my friend, then the chords ...
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What are the avoid notes for exotic scales in jazz music?

I know there are avoid notes for the diatonic scale and the melodic minor scale. I am not familiar with exotic scale avoid notes (if they really exist in jazz music), for example, there is the ...
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Russell Lydian chromatic (again)

One more question about Russell Lydian theory. Russell uses as an example the Lydian C scale: C-D-E-F#-G-A-B-C comparing it with C maj scale, then he starts to explain his theory as if they belong to ...
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Changing a song's key vs. changing chord voicings

My question relates to playing a song with chords. Why would I want to shift a key up or down when I can just play a song in its original key with higher or lower sounding chord voicings? I also ...
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George Russell Lydian chromatic concept

I am reading the George Russell book about Lydian chromatic concept. If anyone has ever read it, maybe you can help me in understanding his use of the term "Lydian do" as well as "Ionian do". My ...
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Practice chord progressions along with scales?

The Question Are there any standard exercises where you play a chord progression with one hand while playing a scale with the other hand? I'm adding the usual I–IV–I–V–I at the end of each scale ...
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Cadences for Modes

For each of the modes, is there a certain chord that goes before the targeted I or i chord? For instance, it seems in the Phrygian mode that II to i is a fairly strong progression. In Ionian, ...
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When writing a melody, is the scale used determined by the current chord playing (in the chord progression) or by the song's key as a whole?

This is an embarrassingly basic question, but it's been in the back of my mind for a while, and I haven't been able to find an answer. I've been studying very basic music theory lately and trying to ...
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Learning to listen to music [duplicate]

I am an amateur guitar and piano player. I have spent a lot of time learning musical theory and various techniques, but I don't know how to improve my hearing abilities. My current approach to ...
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How to get frequencies for the major and minor Pentatonic scales

I'm trying figure out how get the frequencies of pitches from the pentatonic scales. To start, I build a chromatic scale tuned in 440 starting on D (67 semitones below A440), using this equation. 2 ...
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Playing Over Changes and Subsitutions

Im a fairly advanced guitarist/musician and love improvising, as most of us do. However, when a progression goes out of the main key, such as borrowing or subsituting, I tend to get lost in my head. ...
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How can you definitively and scientifically test mouthpieces?

How / Can you definitively and accurately test an instruments mouthpiece (brass) and scientifically quantify and express that data beyond just a simple "On a scale of 1-5 how would you..." style ...
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Playing a C major scale in thirds using both hands

I recently bought a book recommended by my piano teacher about thirds (or called "terser" in Swedish) and I was a bit confused as I saw the thirds on the C Major scale (shown below). ~Högra = Right ...
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Beginnging Music Theory - What are scales and why should I learn them? [duplicate]

Background I'm looking for help with respect to where I could start learning music in general as a guitarist. I can play some simple songs and melodies I taught myself, understand what notes map to ...
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Solfege - Fixed Do versus Movable Do

Having used movable do for a long time, I'm now in a country where fixed do is the norm. I'm looking for advantages/disadvantages of one over the other.
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Is the history of scales in Cooke's “Mastering Scales” an accurate history?

I was using Cooke's "Mastering Scales" just to get piano fingerings. But, I see that it also contains a history of scales. Is this an accurate history, especially the sections about the old church ...
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Is F Lydian mode in the “key” of C Major?

I would assume that many would agree that if we have a piece of music and there are no sharps or flats in the key signature that in most cases (if not all) the piece would be considered in the key of ...
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Soloing / leads over chord progression with vi chord a major 7th?

I've written a song that's based largely around G major, with some C major parts. However, the G major progression utilizes a B7 chord, so it sits outside a normal G major scale. I've heard lots of ...
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what type of guitar scale is this?

There is an mmorpg (game) where playing a guitar is possible, i want to know if this guitar scale or type relates anything to guitars in the real world here's how C1 sounds : ...
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What are common scale patterns for the cello?

I am a guitar player of about 15 years and am very familiar with a variety of guitar scale patterns. The major scale being generally played three notes on the first string, 3 on the 2nd and 2 on the ...
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Why are certain scales considered unstable?

The Locrian Mode is considered unstable - my question is what in it makes it unstable? What makes a scale stable (have better relation between the keys)?
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While transposing a note from one key to another, how to know the correct octave

Transposition is simple: C in C major reads as G in G major, but if that very C is C4, what G (G4 or G5) is the corresponding G? What is the rule to figure out the octave?
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Is the usage of scales (modes) in jazz music common practice?

A friend of mine told me that the usage of scales or modes in jazz music is not common. Even I heard myself in a Miles Davis interview that jazz is a tradition. So here are two questions basically: Is ...
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c#-minor Vs E-major for Moonlight Sonata

I see Moonlight sonata often referred to as being in the key signature of c#-minor. I am beginning to learn music and just learning about key signatures and I would have referred to the key signature ...
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Why are major and minor harmonies multiple orders of magnitude more common than modal harmony? [duplicate]

At least for Western music of the past 300 years, it has been far more common for music to have major or minor scales as their basis of harmony, as opposed to a modal harmony. Is there a reason modal ...
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Confusion about using scales and modes together in a solo?

Ok so my music theory knowledge is limited. I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now, mostly by ear and I often struggle in applying theory. While writing a solo I wondered whether I ...