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V chord becoming 7th? minor key [duplicate]

Im analyzing a song that is in the key of e minor. And the chords for the song are: Em B7 Am Now, I'm no expert but from my theory I learnt a while back for a minor key the chords are: Minor- dim -...
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Minor key and its chords [duplicate]

I am trying to learn the scales and its relative chords. I am confused with Minor scale. Lets take A minor key for an example. A minor key has following notes: A B C D E F G and its relative chords ...
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Rules For Using Chords In Minor Scales [duplicate]

I find that when I'm creating a chord progression from the harmonic minor scale that using all of its native chords sound weird. I'm specifically talking about the III augmented chord. Using III as a ...
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How is harmonic and melodic minor scales written? Eg. C means C major, C m means C minor [duplicate]

Is melodic and harmonic minor scales referred to in any song as a scale? How are they represented e.g C means C major scale and Cm means C minor scale. In this way how will you say if a composition is ...
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Why “Chan chan” has the A chord? [duplicate]

How come "Chan Chan" by "Buena Vista Social Club" uses the A chord, since it's in D minor? Shouldn't the chord progression be Dm Edim F Gm A Bb C? Or, put another way, is there a key that has the ...
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can natural, harmonic and melodic minor (melodically and harmonically) be used together? [duplicate]

can the natural, melodic and harmonic minor be used all together in the same phrasing regarding the melody and the harmony? so if I ascend in natural minor can i descend in harmonic minor.and why can'...
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Harmonic/Melodic Minor in Keys? [duplicate]

How does one find the key to a scale like harmonic minor, or is out of key?
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Minor Harmony doubts [duplicate]

I've tried written a little chorale in four parts using minor harmony (Bb minor). Established that for sure I have done several harmonic errors in terms of parts motion in the sense of traditional ...
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Is F Lydian mode in the “key” of C Major?

In most cases (if not all), a piece of music without sharps or flats in the key signature, would be considered in the key of C major or A minor. This question assumes the context of Western Music ...
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Why are both D and D# fitting into my E minor key?

I tried to look around for an answer to this problem but don't know how to ask the proper question in a search engine. I've been working on a song and realized recently that while I had been working ...
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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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What does the roman numeral notation mean for this borrowed chord?

I am working my way through Asturias (Leyenda) in E minor for classical guitar. I believe the arrangement is based on the one by Segovia. I am using this sheet music, and comparing it to the tablature ...
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What makes a chord minor, major or diminished? [duplicate]

I've started learning music theory bit by bit but there's something that I can't quite figure out. I know that when you're in a certain key, the first is major, the second and third are minor, the ...
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What scale are the chords Em A C D in?

I've been trying to work out what scale a song with chords Em A C D is in. The major chords A, C, D are never together in any scale. If C and D are there it would suggest the key is G but then the A ...
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Modulating between minor keys

I wanted to change keys from A minor to B minor. Tried ii-V-i progression (through F# major chord on the way up) but the transition did not sound smooth. Tried Em-F#m- Bm which sounds slightly better ...
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Do songs written in certain modes not have keys?

Up until recently I thought that if a song was written in a mode with a major 3rd, then it was in a major key, and if it was in a mode with a minor 3rd, then it was in a minor key. But I read an ...
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My Favorite Things - Harmony Theory-Modal Question About E-7->F#-7

It's my understanding that the standard My Favorite Things is in the key of E minor and then modulates to E major. Since E-minor is the relative minor key of G major, from the major scale perspective,...
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Chord construction using the minor scale

Background information (leads onto my question) Here is a table of the A minor scale + the suggested chord qualities (the qualities were copied from the Wikipedia page on Roman Numeral Analysis where ...
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I have the following chord progression. But not scale exists. Is this okay?

I have the following progression (using F-minor scale): Cmajor > D# Sus2 > A# sus2 > F sus2 > D# Sus2. Initially, the Cmajor was a Cmin...but I didn't like how it sounded or transitioned. So I ...
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What are the primary (or most common) chords of the minor scale?

I'm trying to figure out what chords appear most often in minor scales, in major scales it's easy: the I IV and V, it's not even a question. You can harmonize almost any major song with just these ...
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Why is the complete circle of fifth progression more common in minor than major?

In relation to How common is the complete circle of fifths progression? which describes some examples of the complete circle of fifths progression (a consecutive I-IV-VII-III-VI-II-V-I progression), ...
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What are the rules of borrowing notes from other scales if any?

Are there any rules of borrowing notes from different scales? If so what are they and what is the scientific explanation of it in terms of sound waves' lengths? For example I've got a chord ...
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Music Theory, Circle of Fifth, Chords that fit, Exceptions and example song “Sultans of Swing”

I am playing guitar for some years now, mostly self-taught. I had never studied that much of music theory, but now as I want to improve my improvisation skill and want to get a broader view I started ...
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Definition of minor key

Minor key music uses the harmonic minor scale as the basis for its harmony and the melodic minor scale for the melody. If the music uses nothing but the natural minor scale it IS NOT in a minor ...
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Are all triads of a key, composed of notes in that original key?

If you go through each note of a key, and create a triad with a root from each note. Are all the triads composed of notes exclusive to that original key? For example, walking through F Major: I - F ...
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Em9-A-B progression - would you consider that a key change?

From a theory perspective, does a repeated R&B progression like Em9-A-B count as a key change occurring over and over, or a I-IV-V progression with a seriously modified I chord (from major to ...
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Melodic minor and the ii chord

I am curious about the following. If you look at the Melodic Minor scale (ascending) it is really just Dorian with a major 7th. In Jazz we do not alter this mode when descending. In classical ...
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Is there a name for this scale?

I'm writing a song and I am not sure if I'm writing in an obscure scale, or just using a standard scale with added sharps and flats. All I know is I really like the sounds I'm creating on piano, and ...
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Scale question, Harmonic Minor with added 6th

I have written and recorded a song, and needed to give a written analysis of sorts for a grant. I'm just not sure what to call this scale. Its a harmonic minor with an added 6th. Specifically the ...
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Is the diminished chord of the minor scale not used as much as the others? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if the diminished diatonic chord (iio) in the minor scale functions as it does in the major scale, where it's not used as often as the other six diatonic chords?
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V7 and the minor scale

I am reading through Mark Levine's Jazz theory book, He says there is no workable dominant 7th chord in the minor scale. OK, that is true if you look at the descending melodic minor / natural minor ...
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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 ...