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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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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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How to recreate a sound on a synth

Is is possible to recreate any sound you hear in a synth? Think of it like ear training, but with a synth. Being able to deconstruct a sound with your ear, know what type of waveform is being used, ...
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Playing a melody on two or three shapes of a scale (Guitar) [closed]

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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Scales and Ascending/Descending differences

I'm learning some unique guitar scales and I'm confused with certain scales. For example, the Raga Asavari scale plays a list of notes when ascending. However when you descend, you add more notes to ...
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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 is the relationship between “do re mi” and note letter names?

When the people sing the song, we use do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, si, ect, but some time I hear that the music people say A, B, C, C flat, ect. Is their relationship or are they two different things?...
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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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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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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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In jazz, what is an upper structure triad?

What is upper structure? How are upper structure triads constructed? How are they used?
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What are the notes in a 11th chord?

Does a chord like C11 contain (apart from 1st, 3rd, 5th) the 7th and the 9th? Or I can just play the 3rd, 5th and the 11th and the root? I have the same question with chords like C9 and C13.
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What is the first scale one should learn on guitar

The title really sums it all up but I'll try expand it slightly. Lets say I'm learning guitar and would like to improve my guitar work. Which of the scales should I learn first and why?
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Which notes are bass line, versus melody line, in a rock song?

I'm actually learning piano, and in piano i can play the bass with my left hand and the melody with my right hand. But it doesn't seem to be the case with guitars and i assume that one guitar should ...
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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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Why is C the base note of standard notation and keys?

Why is it that notes "start" with C? In key signatures, for example, C Major is the basis and accidentals are added for all other key signatures. I know that the musical alphabet starts with A and ...
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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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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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How to differentiate between 12/8 vs 6/8 timing (or hemiola)

How would a composer differentiate between a 12/8 and a 6/8 time signature? On 3/4 timing you'd have 3 quarter notes as your rhythm, on 6/8 you'd have 2 dotted quarter notes correct? I wrote a song ...
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Scale, Heptatonic Scale, Diatonic Scale, Major Scale

A scale with 7 notes, in an octave, is called a Heptatonic Scales. Heptatonic scales are further divided based on tone and semitones arrangements. If a Heptatonic scale have five tones and two ...
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What note type in the 7th of a chord? - Music Theory

If this diagram is accurate, would the 7th of a Bmin7 be formed from a minor 7th interval or a major 7th interval, e. g. A-natural or A-sharp? I'm assuming A-natural. If this line of thinking is wrong,...
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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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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 to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature; even if different parts of the song have different time signatures, there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing the ...
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“ii and ii6 rarely used to harmonize 6 in the soprano” - for what reason?

In my old theory book, I read that while ii and ii6 harmonize scale degrees 2 and 4, they rarely harmonize scale degree 6 in the soprano. (I'm assuming they mean for common practice music, SATB). ...
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Sharps at the start of a score

I'm having difficulty identifying and playing the sharps which are C# , D# , F# and G# . Do the sharps apply to all the bars ?
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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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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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What is the process I should follow to analyse a piece like this?

This piece (called Roundabouts) is from a book on how to play the piano. I thought it would be fun to analyse this piece but it seems to be very difficult. It's in the key of C major and the two ...
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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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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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Why do harmonics sound good?

Harmonics, as in multiple of a fundamental frequency, sound good to our ears. A few examples: Octaves, i.e. doubling the frequency. We assimilates pitches separated by octaves to a same pitch class. ...
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Tonality of modes?

With the basic modes like phrygian, Lydian etc, the modes with the same notes as C major ( so no flats or sharps) how do they sound different from a major or minor scale.( this is like E phrygian).
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Difference between “Bar” and “Measure”

I was taught musical theory in the UK where I grew up. I was taught what a bar is. In my experience, the terminology "measure" is not used in a musical sense in the UK. Since living in the US, I ...