The study of how music works, seeking to identify structures and patterns in music.

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voice harmony in parts (treble, tenor..) [on hold]

in classical music, how do you know the right note each part should sing ,when you already know the lead note,I.e the song.
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Why does this version of Für Elise have d# then e both with treble clefs?

Going off a very similar question, "piano notation implies that the upper clef is the part played by the right hand, while the lower clef is the part played by the left hand." Is there some technique ...
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rachmaninov fast or furious [on hold]

Why is the very start of Rachmaninov piano concerto #3 so fast? If I explain this any more I risk being as misunderstood as I understand 10 seconds of Rachmaninov.
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What is the list of intervals in order of dissonance

I understand that some intervals are considered dissonant (minor second) and some intervals and consonant (perfect fourths). However whenever I see intervals listed, they are always listed from ...
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Figuring out the difference between major and relative minor scales

We know that the notes as well as the chords in a major scale and its relative minor scale are the same.So, how does soloing in a major scale differ from soloing in its relative minor scale?
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How can a musician determine the sound of different musical artists?

To be more specific about my question; I am currently trying to learn how to best identify the specific sounds of different jazz artists by listening for quantifiable differences in their style and ...
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Tips for learning history [on hold]

Lately I've been wanting to learn some history on music, starting from... Well, as far as we can really go. For reference, I've been listening to medieval music, I made a playlist on whatever I could ...
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What properties of a chant can be used to encode information (w/o lyrics)

I am currently researching for a (fictional) draft and need help. I am a complete layman in music and musical theory. A single person or a group of people is singing a song to control a machine, ...
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Recognizing modulation style / pattern in Steely Dan's “West of Hollywood”

I'm a fan of Steely Dan's music, but I find analysis of their music to be difficult from a tone-, modal-, and chord-theory point of view. But perhaps the complex jazz-influenced M7/M9/M11 chords ...
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How to write the melody notes of my original songs

How put my original songs' melodies in note form on paper so that the melody can be played on an instrument. (I normally just play the chords on piano or guitar and sing the melody but I want the ...
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Are there any prominent examples of music based on random pitches in a pitch class set?

For many / most compositions, the composer sticks to one pitch class set. For example, {C,C#,D,D#,EF,F#,G,G#,A,A#,B} where A = 440 hz would be an example. But let's suppose instead I picked a set of ...
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What is a “tone”?

Some musical instruments are capable of making sounds called "tones." For example, a piano, a tuba, a saxophone, a violin, etc. These are all instruments capable of making "tones." Some percussive ...
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What is an algorithm for deriving a secondary chord?

I am trying to find an algorithm for determining the secondary chord (e.g. the V/V) but I would also like to derive the vii/ii, the V/vii, etc. Here is what I have so far: The base note value can ...
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What are Guitar Scale Patterns?

I am trying to understand, what is a guitar scale pattern ? For example, following shows "C Major Scale Pattern." What exactly is the purpose of a scale pattern ?
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What can a dominant seventh over a submediant chord resolve to?

In this song from Family Guy, a barbershop quartet is singing a song in C major, and they end a phrase on a V7/vi (E7) chord, and proceed to drag that chord out for about one minute (until 1:52), at ...
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How is the tempo and time signatures related?

I've been playing piano for 7 months now. I've decided to formally start music theory. I know the notes, rests and their values. Now, let me start off with 2 bars. The first being a 4/4 and the next ...
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Do modes exist in the harmonic / melodic minor scales?

I'm trying to get my head around modes and the tonal center. In my understanding the natural minor scale is the same as the Aeolian mode. However, when considering the mix-up that happens in the ...
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Any pointers on how to convert 4/4 to 3/4?

I'm currently studying Music Theory using the RSA grades (formerly known as RockSchool). I'm trying to get through on my own at the moment but I'm half-way through G6 and I'm increasingly feeling the ...
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Dominant Chord in minor key

In a minor key, e.g. E minor, if you take the dominant triad, it contains the leading note. Is the leading note of the natural minor or the major for the dominant triad? So for E minor dominant triad ...
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Working with Secondary-Dominants

I was wondering about using secondary dominants in a chord progression. I suppose anything can be redundant if used too often, but, can someone give me some insight on using secondary dominants in a ...
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Fundamental and In-Depth Music Theory for an Absolute Beginner

I know nothing about music theory, but I have been playing the guitar for over 5 years and have been only working with tabs. I want to learn music theory from scratch, fundamentally and meticulously. ...
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Modal approach to soloing over this piece?

Is my approach for creating a melody over this harmony I have written theoretically correct? Harmony: (KEY OF A) F#m F#sus4 C#m C#msus4 Bm Bsus4 AMaj7 Now lets just take a really straight approach ...
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What is the earliest instance of a composer/theorist publishing an analysis of his/her own music?

In the final chapter of his Harmonielehre, Arnold Schoenberg analyzes a brief passage from his own compositional output. (You can find it here, on written page 418 [page 432 of the PDF].) I'm looking ...
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Enharmonic equivalents to Ab besides G#

I'm current studying RSL Music Theory grades and I'm stuck on a grade 6 question. The question asks to write out two enharmonic equivalent notes to the note provided using sharps, flats, double-...
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numerical chords

in a C9, there is the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th degree in the C major scale despite not having a 7 in the chord. Is the same true for chords with sharp or flat degrees, such as a C #9? Would that ...
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Tips on entry level diminished scale ideas for soloing [closed]

I am an amateur guitar player for a few years already and I have learnt the essential scales, such as major, minor, pentatonic and blues scales but I would like to increase the level of my guitar ...
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What do I look over when looking at sheet music?

Imagine I was just handed a piece of sheet music, and I had however long I'd want to look over it before I actually started playing. What exactly would I look over so I'd sight read better?
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how do you find time signatures which does not match 3 , 4 ,5 , 7 counts,etc ? Or Can some songs have no time signatures ?

how do you find time signatures which does not match 3 , 4 ,5 , 7 counts,etc ? For example , I know that the second song sung here is 6/8 . But what is the time signature of the first one ? ...
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How do you know if a song has triplets in 4/4 or if the tempo is 3/4?

How do you know if a song has triplets in 4/4 or if the tempo is 3/4 ? For example, consider this song : For the first line , I can count 1,2,3 ,1,2,3 ,1,2,3 ,1,2,...
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Diminished and augmented scales

I know that the augmented scale has a sharpened 4th and 5th, and a diminished scale has a flattened 3rd and 5th, but doesn't a diminished scale have other flats in it as well? Could someone please go ...
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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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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-...