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Matching time in an audio file to bars in sheet music

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong type of forum to post this question on. Also, I have very little knowledge of music theory so please bare with me. I have a pdf of some sheet music, and ...
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What is the exact usage of harmony?

I have completely studied music theory (even diatonic chords) and have just started harmony but I don't know what I am studying in harmony!!! I have faced 2 specific questions and 2 general question :...
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beats tempo relationship

If beats and tempo are not related then can you have a tempo (BPM) without first knowing the beat (having a beat.) ie 0 beats = no tempo or tempo zero and infinity. 1 beat = tempo of infinity and 2 ...
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Playing a melody on two or three shapes of a scale (Guitar) [on hold]

My questions are these: Is it proper to use (notes) one shape or two shape of a scale to play a melody on the Guitar at the same time? Can I use notes of one shape or two shape or three shapes of ...
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Are these C notes a slur or a tie?

On the bass clef, there are 2 C notes. I think it is a tie (wiki) and they should be played once for 6 beats. Am I correct? Or do I have to play the C twice, 3 beats each?
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Theories of Orchestration

Obviously there are several well-known orchestration treatises throughout history; Berlioz's is perhaps the most famous, and Adler's is perhaps the one most in use today. My question is whether ...
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Mists of Pandaria ambiguous and aggressive tonality

I've been trying to analyze Heart of Pandaria by Russel Brower which is a World of Warcraft song, And I'm having problem decoding what chords are being used to create a surprise and aggression in 00:...
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Struggling with chords, melodies, and basslines [closed]

I am facing hard time with basslines, chords, and melodies. It's bit a confusing. How do I write them and play on guitar solo? How they are formed and how to resolve them? Can i have an example with ...
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What Semibreve, crotchet and minim Rests stands for

I'm reading the book of David Braid - Play Classical Guitar, everything goes smoothly until I get the Rests part : Here the part that confuses me : Let me explain first what I understood : exr-...
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What is it called when the same melody is played by two different voices but not starting at the same time and on a different pitch?

Complete the following sentence: The 1st violin ______ the 2nd violin at the start of the extract.
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Guitar Octave up and down [closed]

In this link that I have written below,we find E octaves on the Guitar fretbord and my Question is: E note have 8 octaves? and from low E to E on the 12 fret (6 string)is one octave, and from E on ...
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What is bass and melody in music?

In guitar what strings provide bass and what string provide melody? What is the difference between bass and melody in song? How it is played in guitar? If play song in acoustic, do I use the 654 ...
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Can i use a chord scale in key signature like CDEFGABC: A CHORD SCALE

To play a song in key is there a possibility of playing a scale of chord in key signature. For example c major key CDEFGABC: In this A is the major 6, can i use A major scale A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#,A with ...
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Which books are being taught in famous universities about contemporary harmony [closed]

What are the best books that are being taught about contemporary harmony in universities around the world? Does anyone know about a book that is so famous that is being taught in almost all famous ...
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Understanding the notes in the 4th measure of Moonlight Sonata [duplicate]

I'm working on playing Moonlight Sonata on the Piano and I'm having trouble relating what I'm reading on the sheet music to what I'm finding around the web on how to play it. Here's a picture of the ...
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What key is this chord progression?

I'm a beginner guitar player and I am just now foraying into theory / keys / chord progressions. I've seen this grouping of chords in several songs: E - C#m - G# (or Ab?) - A (Where Is My Mind - ...
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What is the difference between writing C#4 and C#11?

I see C#11 in a lot of jazz music, but sometimes I'll see C#4 in jazz, and commonly in other types of music. Is there any difference between the two, and if not, how do you decide which to write?
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musical theory of lullabies

I'm studying lullabies right now, and am just left wondering about a few things. Why is a common element of a lullaby that it has a slow tempo? Also, why is having a high tessitura so important?
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Is it possible to write a melody which can't be notated?

Is it possible to have a piece which can't be notated using the musical notes we currently have?
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Create chords for alternate tuning?

In my specific case, I have a baritone ukulele which I tuned to all-fourths (personal preference), making its strings match the lower 4 strings of the standard guitar tuning (G4-D4-A3-E3). It also ...
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making different Guitar tabs for one song

When you make a tab or sheet music for one song how do you do it? for example :there some guitar tabs for (Fur Elise) in the net... please look at these links for that song: https://tabs.ultimate-...
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Which chord is Cm6?

I am not sure if this is an inversion or some other chord. Notation is Cm6. Is this an inversion of C minor chord? Or is it a sixth chord of some sort - C minor with a sixth added? Key signature ...
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How does one learn the different scale patterns that change when you change fret?

I have just learned what a scale is and I am practicing the minor pentatonic scale on guitar. I have noticed that when you change what fret you start on, the pattern changes. For reference, I am ...
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I've found the chords to Chicago by Meg & Dia but can't figure out the theory

Chicago is one of my favourite Meg & Dia songs (RIP 2012). I've tabbed out a few of their songs and figured out their keys and such, but this one seems to be more than your standard vi-IV-I-V ...
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Additional notes that are being played besides picked ones

I was experimenting with sound analysis lately and from what I see when I plot spectral data of an audio file is that apart from notes that were actually plucked there are some other notes with quite ...
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Can the melody have more than one note sounding at once?

When more than one note is playing, it probably is a chord. But can the melody section have two or more notes, being played simultaneously? EDIT: I mean for a single instrument whose focus is either ...
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do birds know about musical scales? [duplicate]

I sometimes wonder whether musical scales are "merely" the result of our cultural tradition and experience or whether they are (even) more fundamental. In this context - and given that spring has ...
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Tips for writing an aggressive/violent orchestral piece?

So I'm writing an orchestral composition, and it is supposed to sound aggressive and violent, however I'm not sure how one can accomplish this. At first I assumed it would have a fast tempo, and would ...
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How do professionals think about notes/degrees/intervals while playing a melody

By my count there are 3 natural ways one might think about a simple melody - I'll use "row row row your boat" as an example. a) notes: CCCDE EDEFG b) scale degrees / distance from tonic: 11123 32345 ...
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Why do octaves sound equivalent?

It is, I think, a perfectly clear observation that one note an octave above another note sounds as if it were the same in a certain sense; while they are by no means the same exact note, they are ...
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Rule of the octave for melody

In thorough bass (where the bass line is written first) there are simple "rules" for ascending and descending scales with different inversions and other rules in "partimenti". They are all based on ...
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Do such chords exist?

for example, C D E or C C# D motivation: I am trying to get all of the permutations for all possible notes, chromatically (within the octave of a selected tonic, in this case C-chromatic scale) I ...
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Counter-example of counterpoint technique?

I'm trying to fully understand the concept that "Counterpoint" entails... but I can't seem to think any situation in which a counterpoint is not present on a song/piece/whatever. If counterpoint is ...
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How do I find the chord progressions for sheet music?

Just wondering if someone could give me some steps to working out the chord progression of sheet music ie. chord IV or II etc. How do I know what is what?
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What do repeated notes mean? [duplicate]

I was wondering what do the repeated notes mean: For context, this is for guitar. Also, key signature is A major
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Should I use inversion or root position?

I'm writing a song for a project and putting piano chords under the melody. I don't know if this makes sense but for example, if I'm in C major, and there is an "E" in the voice, should I pair it with ...
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Is doubling the root when converting guitar chords to piano wrong?

If you take guitar chords and put them into sheet music for piano, should you double the root (CEGC) or not (CEG)? And if you do is it wrong because you'd have parallel octaves? I mean I know ...
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Why does e.g a C Major Chord sound different from a F Major Chord?

Why does e.g a C Major Chord sound different from a F Major Chord ? Is it only the absolute Height of the Root ?
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Are parallel octaves okay in other styles of music?

In a musical theatre piece is it wrong to have lots of parallel octaves in the voices?
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What is the difference between a prime order, tone row and serial, if there is one?

I'm studying Op. 22 by Anton Webern for my AS music. I have 2 teachers and a revision guide, each of which uses one of the terms listed in the question and avoids the other two. I just wanted to see ...
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Why should my band learn music theory?

I recently started a band that plays a mixture of blues, rock, and funk. I am the only one in the trio that knows any music theory. Can someone tell me how to explain to my band members that they ...
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If I press C4, C5 and C6, is this a chord?

Are there any other special requirements for three sounds to be a chord by musical definition? Do overtones or the same note just sounding on different octaves (sounding together) still can be named a ...
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What is the length of the beat?

As I understand, the quarter note is a note that lasts for one beat. the half note, is a note that lasts for two beats, the full note, is a note that lasts for four beats, now i get that, but what ...
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what's the difference between these two notations?

I am using this book http://www.librariamuzicala.ro/cs-docs/12069-1382689258.pdf and just on page 3, the said: I am using this virtual piano http://virtualpiano.net so what is the difference in ...
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Music theory: Modulation [closed]

So I wanted to compose a sonata like I said before but I have a problem with modulating the keys, can I get some help? I don't know how to modulate, and it's kinda hard to understand when I search for ...
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What is the name of the (I think) Renaissance harmonic device used in choral music that sounds slightly odd today?

I remember in college hearing about people playing minor 'pranks' using this device, however I've forgotten the name and I can't remember the exact details. It has to do with notes (possibly sevenths?...
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What are the rules of improvisation in gamelan music?

I see repeated reference to improvisation in Javanese and Balinese gamelan music but I don't see any reference to the actual rules of improvisation in that music. What are the rules of improvisation ...
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What are the rules of improvisation in Indian ragas?

In How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation? Phil states: With a Raga, there is no theme, per se. A Raga is more like a set of rules as to how ...