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Key signatures in Dvorak 9th symphony

I'm learning about transposing instruments, and now I'm looking at Dvorak's 9th symphony. In the second movement (Largo) I don't understand the key signature of the clarinet in A. The first movement ...
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How does James Bay's song Let it Go sound sad in a Major key? [duplicate]

If you listen to James Bay's - Let it Go, it sounds sad yet written in major key. In general, not just for this song, what in theory makes this happen? I've read people suggesting flat majors make a ...
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Why does key-change from C to C♯ sound so exotic than C to D♭?

I downloaded and retuned Night Walk from Rhythm Tengoku from 12edo to 19edo, along with some tweaks (correction of key signatures, and correction of range of the glockenspiel) The original piece goes ...
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Can the same song be written in a minor key and major key with the progression written differently?

quick question that's been bugging me lately. When it comes to a songs key specifically major and minor relatives- is it correct to say it can be written in two different keys with the same ...
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How to find the key of a diatonic flute by listening?

I was listening to a song played on the Dizi (Chinese diatonic bamboo flute). Dizi like other diatonic flutes comes in different keys. When listening to music played by someone else, how can I find ...
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Why does the relation between E major and Ab major feel especially connected?

I find that whenever I improvise in E major, I naturally move back and forth between E major and Ab major key areas. It's like E major and Ab major feel especially connected in a way that say Bb major ...
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Problem with determine key of a song using chords

I'm a newbie. Let's take for example Radiohead - Creep song It has 4 chords G B C Cm So i started to writing G Ionian scale progressions It seems that G and C matches, so i tried to use relative E ...
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Can “Prelude in E minor” be “Prelude in G major”? [duplicate]

I have just learned that every major key has its own "relative" minor key. And the corresponding minor key for G major is E minor. Does that mean that "Prelude in E minor" can be ...
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Esus4 in the key of C. How can I use it?

Recently I've discovered that Esus4 chord can be built by using notes from C major scale (Esus4 notes: E-A-B - no 'sharps' or 'flats'). But I don't know how can I use the chord in the keys of C or Am ...
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Is there a specific name for the type of bridge that signals that a song is going from one key to another

The music starts in C and then there is a BRIDGE of some type that is played and the ear is prepared for the fact that the music is going to another key. What is this "we are shifting to another ...
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Will two versions of a song, in the same key, fit together if supporting chords differ?

I get that the title is vague, but that's kind of the problem. Basically, I've learned a jazzy version of the song "Heart and Soul" on the piano (you know, the one everyone learns to play ...
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Is it possible to have sharp/flat notes in a music piece composed in the key of “A minor”?

When I was reading sheet music of Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A minor, I saw some sharp and flat notes. This raised some questions for me. Based on my researches, I also found out that the ...
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What key does the chord progression E, D, C#, B, E, D, C#, G belong to?

I noticed while playing guitar recently that the chords E, D, C#, B, and then E, D, C#, G sound good together although to my knowledge those chords can’t be in the same key because of the E and the C#....
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What key is this in? [closed]

I'm new in the forum. I have lots of unasked questions about music theory because I'm a self taught musician with no formal training, so I have a lot of confusion between concepts like, for example, ...
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Fixing bottom D key in piano

So there was some buzzing in some keys because of an object that fell inside the piano. While I was removing the object I’m afraid that I ruined the very bottom D key action. I guess I can live ...
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Triad improvisation, Key centers

Below is a paragraph that attempts to explain what happens when non-diatonic tones are introduced into a melody. I'm copying it word for word: While the key signature does establish the rules we must ...
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How can I be fluent in all 12 keys at the keyboard and the music theory behind it [closed]

I want to be able to memorize all major and minor keys (including melodic, harmonic and natural minors), so that I can improve my sight reading and transposition skills. I am trying to become a more ...
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Why is a major key called major?

We are aware that the major scale or key is the sort of datum point for a lot of theory. But why the word major? That very same word is used to describe intervals, but there's no correlation. Or is ...
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Sibelius 7 score key sig changes

I'm changing from F Minor to Major in a Sib 7 score. The machine just gives one flat for the new section, and I want three naturals and one sharp. How do I get it to do it? Any ideas?
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What Key Should I Be Able to Sing This Song in?

Technical question. If my vocal range is E2 to D4, what key(s) should I be able to sing “The Weight” by The Band in? One of my band members and I disagree, and I would like the opinion of a ...
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How can I tell the difference between C major and G mixolydian? [duplicate]

Both C major and G mixolydian have the same constituent notes, so how can I tell whether a piece is in one or the other?
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Agreeing on the key of a (cover) song as a band

When it comes to a band, all musicians should be aligned and agree on the most parts (if not all) of the musical adventure they're about to embark upon. This question aims to evaluate how, as a band,...
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How do I add sounds to my Yamaha psrew300?

I watched a YouTube video of someone using a sound effect as a piano on there keyboard. I was wondering how to add sounds to my keyboard. Also can you do it with a mobile device?
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Why are keys changed away from the original in some orchestral pieces

I have noticed recently, take this piece for example, The Thieving Magpie Overture by Rossini. There seems to be several versions in different keys. Why are versions made that are different to the ...
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Melody using a different scale than the bassline - what is it called?

Since I only know some very rudimentary terms in music theory, I don't know what it's called when one does the following to create a sort-of interesting sound. Suppose I'm playing the piano, using my ...
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Finding root keys and chord progression for arpeggios

I have a riff I've composed using the following power cords notes (here is what is sounds on piano https://soundcloud.com/tomasz-jasku-a-133883769/keyboardforsolo-rzczywistosc) : Time 1 & 2: C#, ...
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What makes Beethoven’s False Picardy Third so convincing?

So, there’s one aspect of Beethoven’s style that I personally, haven’t been able to write convincing examples of. That would be the False Picardy Third. To clarify, this is what I mean by False ...
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Rules for key changes

On reading my new theory book I have come across a very interesting passage on Keys Change. Here are the rules: When the music changes keys, it changes to a closely related key Closest related key is ...
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Rostropovich's description of the intrinsic “feeling” of the different musical keys

I remember reading on the record jacket of a recording by Mstislav Rostropovich of the Bach Cello suites, a description that Rostropovich gave to each of the musical keys. I remember it being ...
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What key can I write a melody/solo in for this chord progression? [closed]

I started learning theory for a few months now and I came with a chord progression but I don't know for sure what key to make melodies in. I figured out D minor can be a candidate but I like to check ...
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If a song is in a certain key, can you add an instrument or vocal to the song / track as long as they are in the same scale of that key [duplicate]

If a song is in a certain key, can you add an instrument or vocal to the song / track as long as they are in the same scale of that key. So for example, if a song is in key D major, you can add any ...
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Use cases for modulating keys?

So I'm just learning how to modulate keys and first of all I want to make sure I understand the concept correctly.... the way I've learned it is basically using a chord function in one scale and ...
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Are Key Changes Worthwhile? [closed]

There are lots of pop type songs which include key changes. Not modulations, but key changes which take the song up a semitone usually for another chorus, etc. Listening to them, that key change ...
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Is CAGED a good indicator of which keys to practice on the guitar?

I know that CAGED is mainly a way to figure out how to play the same chord in multiple variations throughout the neck. So you'd take the chord C for example, and you can play it using C-shape, A-shape,...
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What is the practical impact or use of a dodecagram?

Looking for an answer about modulation and affects I came across with the term "dodecagram". So I was interested whether this has been already asked here, as I think it would be quite useful but I ...
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What is the difference between being in key and improvising solo on scale? [closed]

This might be a stupid question but started learning Music theory just now and went making Chord Progressions in a key. What I don’t understand is the difference between Key and Scale ? Let’s say a ...
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What criteria do composers use to choose the key of a song? [duplicate]

I would like to know what criteria composers use when choosing the key of a song. In the case of music composed for orchestra or, in general, for instruments with limited tessitura or tuned in a ...
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How can Alkan's Allegro Barbaro be and sound in the key of F major, when all the B's are natural?

I don't know much about chords and scales, so sorry if this question sounds misinformed. This just seems like witchcraft to me. Here's playable sheet music for this 1848 composition by Charles-...
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Why is the tonic so important for melodies?

I made a simple melody in FL studio that was in C Major. The melody consisted of two phrases both of which started on D. The only difference between the two is the second phrase ended on C (the tonic ...
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Can the key of a song be only major or natural minor scale?

From what I read, the key of a song or piece of music can be either from the major scale or natural minor scale. Is this true? Can a song have a key in a different scale? I ask because there are ...
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When looking up the key of a song, what octave is the singer singing in?

When you look up the key to a song and it says the key is something like E♭ or F, how do you know what octave the singer is singing in? Is it, for example, an F3 or F4? Is it above or below ...
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Confused about the key of “Watermelon Man”

It is said that the original 1962 recording of "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock is in the key of F. It makes a lot of sense given it's a bluesy piece, so we have a typical I-IV-V based chord ...
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How do I know what note is #11 in my Fmaj9#11 chord

I am working my way through music theory. I play acoustic guitar - or try to. One of the exercises was in C and mentioned a Fmaj9#11 chord. So I dutifully worked out the notes for the chord and was ...
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Can a song be in both a major and minor key at the same time?

I was wondering if a song's key can be declared as just being ambiguous, where you just don't know if it's in major or minor? I think this concept applies only to relative keys as parallel keys have ...
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Which key signature contains C sharp with B natural , E natural and F natural?

I am analyzing a Binary dance in 3/4 time by J.C.F. Fischer for an exam in L9 Harmony Royal Conservatory. The start key is F major. Modulates briefly to B flat major and C major. Then a chord A major ...
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What is this note? [duplicate]

This is in key of F# major or D# minor, there is a D# in this key, but the D# in this picture has a double sharp sign beside it, so is it a D#(##) (which is an F)?
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Minor Key (and other key?) Roman Numeral Analysis

What is the general standard in RNA for the natural minor key, as well as keys that are neither major nor nat. minor? So in studying RNA, I found the major key pretty straightforward: I ii iii IV V ...
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Identifying a key [closed]

My girlfriend is not a Stack Exchange community member, but she's struggling with identifying a key for a given chord progression and I've offered to relay her question to the community here at large. ...
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is this song written in dorian or mixolydian mode? [closed]

i have a question about the modes hopefully someone sees this if a song follows a chord progression of verse Bb-Ab-Eb Bb-Ab-Eb then pre chorus Ab-Eb-Bb // Ab-Eb-Db-Eb and then the chorus is Bb-...
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I have learnt a song in the key of D what capo threat should I use to change it into the key of C?

I am needing this for the song wanted dead or alive as the original key is D however, for the musical Rock of Ages they play the song in C. Is there any chance that I could put a capo on to keep the ...

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