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Why does this use sometimes the E arpeggio and sometimes the Em arpeggio?

The song Tornado of Souls by Megadeth is in the key of Bm. The solo plays over a progression of power chords that goes B5 - G5 - E5 - F#5 - A5. Over the E5, the solo first plays an Em arpeggio but ...
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Dominant 7th and Mixolydian

Is the mixolydian mode the same as the dominant 7th? I don't know how else to ask it - My grammar is very good!
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Is the IV chord a perfect fifth in disguise?

They say the root of the IV chord is a perfect fourth away from the key's tonic. But isn't it a perfect fifth from the tonic (if we go the other way)? let's for the sake of coolness, call it a perfect ...
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passing chord preceding 4th in minor scale?

I will demonstrate the topic in Am Scale but it could be in another scale. in a lot of songs,music there is a chord progression that includes these to chords in this order : Am ---> Dm and ...
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What is the Term for diatonic scale usage for a non diatonic chord?

Lets say im in c major and i play a standard 1-6-4-5-1 progression. But on the second time around i play 1-6-4-#5-5-1. The #5 chord is obviously an Ab flat major/ G# major, and i know many scales can ...
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Are there any published attempts to catalog harmonic changes or progressions based on their subjective qualities?

I know that "functional harmony" describes the tendencies of certain chords to "lead" or "resolve" to other chords, but from what I've seen so far -- I've only recently begun studying theory after ...
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Harmony and Simplified Ratios of Frequency

I stumbled on this question while checking a grade 7 mathematics book. It grabbed my eyes having been introduced to some of music's amazing topics. I know that harmony ( or more accurately, ...
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Why has the vi chord no tonic function, i.e. what gives a chord its function?

I can totally say that the vi chord could not work as a tonic, feeling deceptive and so on and I'm wondering why. Could it be that a chord sounds "tonic" only if it is the tonic, namely C-E-G. So also ...
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Are the I IV V chords the heart of music and harmony? [duplicate]

It's like I see I IV V chords everywhere. No matter what song I play, or what key I'm in, they're always there. I also noticed that the circle of fifths is made out of fifths (clockwise) and fourths (...
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Harmonizing All Music with the I,IV and V Chords?

I read somewhere that any melody line can be harmonized using the I,IV and V chords of the major scale. The reasoning behind this being that any possible note played in the melody will exist in one ...
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What is the relationship between the bass line and a chord progression

I read somewhere that the bass line is usually the tonics of the chords in the progression. But I doubt this is right. So if we're playing a bass line, is the current bass note just one of the notes ...
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Drum tuning/timbre?

How integral to the harmony of the music is the tuning/timbre of the drum-set? It must be more aesthetically pleasing, even on a subconscious level, to have the drums tuned somewhere in the vicinity ...
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Understanding the elements of harmony in “honky-tonk” or ragtime style piano

I enjoy improvising piano in what I call (perhaps incorrectly) a "honky-tonk" or "ragtime" style, usually involving a steady stride or two-step in the left hand, and playing over that with lots of ...
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country singing harmony

I am a singing teacher, and have taught music theory and mechanics of singing, have directed church choir for over 30 years. I have a fairly high level of theory knowledge. I also love to harmonize. ...
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Can a song use a different set of chords in its harmony?

Let's say we're in the key of C. Can one harmonize with one set of chords, and then do the song over and harmonize with a different set of chords and still have the song sound just as good?
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Why are time signatures not used in this score?

I was looking at this hand-written short score (to be completed by other arrangers): The only thing that strikes me about it (maybe there should be others) is there is no written time signature. Why? ...
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Struggling to identify the name of a track element that plays alongside the melody

I'm deconstructing a track in order to create a track template in Ableton for the kids I teach at a youth centre. A base they can use to start when creating a song. I'm struggling to label one of the ...
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Is a melody note always included in the harmony's chord?

Let's say we're playing a melody in the key of C major, and we get to the note D. If I'm trying to harmonize this melody. for example, this melody necessitates a need for a chord change. Is it safe ...
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How to put chords (POP-EDM) under a given lead vocal melody (starting from a good knowledge in music theory)

I have quite a good knowledge in music theory, scales, modes, and all different kinds of chords (basic triads, sus, add, all extensions, slash, inversions, ...), but I'm having a tough time when it ...
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In a song, what helps people distinguish between the main melody and the harmony?

It seems like people, regardless of their knowledge or "sense" of harmony, can naturally tell which one is the main melody and which is the harmony in a song--even if the melody is never played alone (...
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What are some of the underlying harmonies/scales behind this type of songs?

Recently, I came across an album by a guitarist that sounded quite "exotic" and wanted to know more about the theory behind the sounds. Some interesting phrases: 2:00,...
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Is this a harmonic riff?

Here's the riff. For me a harmonic riff sounds harmonic. Without any thinking about the theory I can hear it most of the times. But in this case I'm not sure. Especially G 1 sounds a little bit off. ...
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Key/Chord recognition using a computer

I'm a physics student with a great interest in music. I'm researching (as a kind of hobby) in topics which include math applied to music, acoustics, etc. In the last days I've realized that having a ...
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Can any diminished chord be used as V anywhere?

I've been playing with diminished chords as 'V' in ii-V-I progressions. I often use one of the three diminished chords in a ii-V-I progression -- I sharpen the 5th note of the scale and hang a ...
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How to use modes in popular music?

Can a pop song be written using a specific mode for the vocal melody, and another for the chord progression, when both of the modes share the same key signature? (Please note that I am not referring ...
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In C-major when hearing a b “resolve” to an f and not a c when singing the b

Currently I am doing some ear training, using a program that first plays a cadence, and then you have to identify a tone up to octave equivalence. Most often when I hear the leading-tone, I anticipate ...
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Chord Sequence Analysis

I've been analysing 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' by Sting. I'm trying to understand the theory behind the chord sequences but i'm a bit stuck and would appreciate it if anyone could help me. The ...
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Harmony of Lauro's El Marabino Waltz

I'm trying to figure out the chords of El marabino by Lauro. The score is http://vietguitar2.free.fr/Score/NuocNgoai/Antonio%20Lauro/El%20Marabino.pdf I would like to play these chords as ...
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Difference between Chord Progression and Harmony?

I know of chord progressions, they are the series of chords played throughout a piece. But I also heard of harmonies and I just associated harmonies with chord progressions, was I wrong to do that? In ...
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What's the name in english of putting your voice over a leading voice in a song?

What's the name in english of putting your voice over a leading voice in a song? Suposse Adele just recorded a song, and they want another singer to record some vocals for the song in order to "...
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How to analyze consecutive V7 chords

So I came across a song in which the chord progression consists mainly of 7 chords, but they don't seem to be secondary dominants. It sounds very jazzy and I am aware that jazz compositions ...
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Quartal and quintal chords?

Does anyone know about Quartal Quintal chords and harmony? Except from the difference in the interval being stacked?
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What's voice leading and how does it work?

What's is voice leading and how does it work? I'd really appreciate a thorough answer. What I mean by how it works is how is it achieved and what's the basis of it?
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Listening for chord changes

If you look below I posted a link to a question I previously asked about the bass acting as the melody of a song and recieved multiple answer assuring me that it can. So in the case that you have a ...
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In 4-part harmony exercise, how to harmonize soprano 1 to 2 with IV6 - V?

I believe this melody well conforms with the harmony, and does not offense my ear and the rules about counterpoint and chord progression. However, when trying to fill in the inner part, I realize the ...
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Does a melody (which will be used with chords) need to have the notes in the same scale?

I am trying to play a melody (that I got from a book) from piano to guitar and add chords to fingerstyle. Edit: I'd like to know if I need to play the notes of a melody at the positions from a ...
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Is it allowed to move from Perfect Fifth to an Octave between Bass and Tenor?

We're studying Traditional Harmony, I am given with the following exercise: And Iv'e decided to fill it this way, trying to make the sound more interesting. However I do find that between the bass ...
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Question on the harmony in Sweet Child o'mine

Sweet child o'mine has this progression in the intro: Db (sus4)-Db-Db(sus4)-Db-Ebm11/Cb-Gb (add2)-Db (sus4)-Db-Db(sus4)-Db And this progression in the verse: Db-Cb-Gb-Db How would you explain this ...
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How do you call when the same melody is played over and over with different bass notes

There are a lot of songs that have a melody, usually a simple one or even a two-note pattern, that is played during many bars, but the bass note for each bar changes, implying chord changes? One ...
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How to give voice into a chord progression?

Say, I am going to use my vocal into a chrod progression like C Am Dm G (that belongs to C major scale). Since a chord consists of three notes. As I know I can give voice any notes belonging to that ...
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Is this a form of cadence?

I had to harmonize a piece in E major with a given melody. The image below shows the end of the piece, with my harmonization. Normally, I would write the first beat of the second-to-last bar as B in ...
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How are chord progressions built in a modal context vs traditional major/minor context?

This question is asked from the standpoint of popular music as it is today (2016). Let's confine the question to progressions that are 4 bars long, since that's the most generic pattern in pop music. ...
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What are the uses of chromaticism?

I very much feel safe and pleasant in the world of tonality but I would like to learn more about chromatic playing. I do admire a blue note here and there, and I do admire very limited chromatic ...
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What is the four tonic system?

What is the four tonic system? What's the theory behind it? How is it used in improvisation, harmonization, reharmonization?
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Harmony formula [duplicate]

Why the chords coming from an scale (harmonized chords) are made by using the first, third and fifth notes? Is that a convention? It's true that, for instance, in the natural major scale, these ...
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Identify chord proggression

Hi Im new to the site so please inform me if I am doing anything wrong. So,4 arpeggiated chords all sixteenth notes The arpeggio goes as follows: F-G-G#-C-D#-G-G#-C D-F-G-B -D-F-G-B C#...
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Question about Harmonization

I watched a lesson where the teacher said that if we want to harmonize the fourth grade of C Major with 7/11 chord, we should use #11 (i.e. F maj 7 #11). I could not understand the reasons well. Is ...
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How can I imagine original melodies, chords, and drum patterns

I've been producing for about a year now since November, granted it's been on and off. I can come up with a few things by improvising (although that hasn't been case lately). What I really want to ...
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Chord progression template

Hello I'm searching for a basic chord progression template. So far I found this : I (vi) V, vii° IV, ii IV, iii, vi Where one can go on any level equal or lower than the level it's at and "1." can ...
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What (if any) is the difference between m6 and half-diminished chord shapes?

Depending on the inversion, the chord containing the notes C Eb G A could be named A half-diminished or Cm6. How do the two chords differ harmonically? Is there an example of a chord progression ...

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