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How do i arrange chords after mixing pentatonic modes?

The Ionian mode which is the Major scale - is the second mode of the minor pentatonic scale (the Major pentatonic scale) plus a Perfect 4th and a Major 7th notes. It is also a combination of, for ...
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Learning chords on the harmonica

I have been teaching myself to play the harmonica since the start of the covid virus in 2019. I've never been focused enough to play a musical instrument until the 59th year of this life I'm living, ...
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Is there a way to describe this type of non-functional music?

As far as I could tell, this instrumental piece has the static chord vamp Bbmaj9-Am7 that never deviates in any section (let me know if I'm wrong). The main focus that the composer has chosen here is ...
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Does "falling fifth" pattern follow the bass tone or the chord label in case of inversions?

I encountered this example 31-17 in a book that I am reading, and the author says that the Neapolitan chord follows the "falling fifth pattern". I guess that would be the case if the ...
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Lilypond - Combining expressions without duplicated noteheads

I'm setting a piece and want to have the parts all printed out separately but also a main score with all the parts for the conductor. Here is my try for the combined score: \version "2.24.3" ...
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(24-EDO) Microtonal chord symbols for these chords

I came across some interesting chords recently in a series talking about 19-EDO but I found that a lot of them work quite well in 24-EDO as well, and they are shown below. I can get behind everything ...
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One tick lower than B flat minor on 48 Bass accordion

I like the B flat minor chord on my 48 Bass accordion. I play F minor to go up one "tick" (don't know the proper word), but what could I play to go down a tick? There's no A flat minor.
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LilyPond - How do I create a ChordName context that can stack or show multiple ChordNames simultaneously?

Suppose I have one melody line that is repeated (e.g., singing multiple verses), but the chords should be different the second and third times through. I want these to be defined in their own ...
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A system to tune sympathetic strings for Western music

I've just got an EHX Ravish pedal and so I'm exploring the sympathetic string function. For standard Western, meantone temperament: diatonic or modal, major or minor melodies what are good rules for ...
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what scale is used for solo over bIIIMaj7 when approaching II-7?

Three ways are available when approaching II-7 via bIII. bIIIMaj7, subV/II, bIII full dim. I blindly thought that Ionian scale is used for solo over bIIIMaj7, but apparently Lydian is used. Can ...
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slash chord inspection

In a chord progression G(add9)/C - E7/A - C-7/F - FMaj7/G. The author says E-7/A functions as VI-7. Slash chord does not have 3, then how does one know it is not dominant 7 but minor 7? Is it ...
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Why did the ancient Greeks choose tetrachords?

Why did the ancient Greeks choose tetrachords as the basis for their musical theory rather than some other structure?
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When did the 6/4 chord become more commonplace and acceptable?

In the baroque and classical period, 6/4 chords were only voice leading chords, almost exclusively used as passing chords or auxiliary chords. But even as early as Mendelssohn, we see 6/4 chords ...
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fully-diminished chord for chromatic modulation

I was reading up on modulation to distantly-related keys. Fully-diminished chord is used for modulation to chromatic keys, because the root is changeable. And then I encountered this picture. If the ...
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Question about the iii chord found in the major key

Why does the chord progression that is I-vi-iii-V( is apparently not soo common in popular music with hook theory listing only over 50 songs that have this chord progression(think "You Got It&...
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In modulation between minor and Major, is V7 considered minor or Major?

In the little piece below, E7 can either by five chord of Major or harmonic minor. Is it identified as Major chord or harmonic minor chord? Or maybe it does not really matter?
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How do I read inversions fast?

picture above is D minor in 1st inversion. I usually find inversions by stacking up notes in a closed interval, but it takes too much time. Is there a fast way of discerning inversion chords and ...
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Which approach to 3 part harmony would the greatest percentage of people find pleasing?

I'm looking for algorithmic rules that take a melody and accompanying chords as input, then output the version of tight 3 part parallel harmony that the greatest percentage of untrained casual ...
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