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The scholarly study of music, particularly different musical cultures and traditions

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Stability of chords

I wish to understand the connection of music theory to the physics world, or to waves. In this context, I quite understand notion of dominant chords as containing tritone, which is dissonant. What I ...
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What are good resources for composing music in the style of sea shanties? [closed]

I've not been able to find any literature on the topic so far. If anyone could point me in the direction of some good books or other, that would be great.
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Music Theory: Facts or Hierarchy of Opinions?

To get right to the point, what I want to know is: what makes a claim acceptable in the world of music theory? From my understanding, music theory has very little to do with any "natural law" or ...
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Is it possible to transpose samples (in cents) from minor to major?

I'd like to transpose a sample (in cents) from G Minor to C Major. How do I do that, or is it even possible?
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Jaws vs. Dvorak [closed]

There is a worldwide-viral debate involving the Jaws theme as if it is a "rip-off" of the finale of Dvorak's Ninth Symphony. Some say if the theme is sampled from Dvorak. Did John Williams really ...
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How is the human voice classified?

Considering the vocal cords can be a membranophone or considering the air column can be an aerophone. or do we need another classification?
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Are there any thematic similarities between Shostakovichs' Symphony 5th and Beethovens' 7th symphony? [closed]

Taking a look at the opening bars of Shostakovichs' Symphony 5th and Beethovens' 7th symphony 4th movement (bar 136 onwards) see below they sound kind of similar. Somebody suggested (Radio 3 I think)...
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What order should I learn music theory? [closed]

i am teaching myself music theory to help get ahead in the AP class im taking next year. what order should i go about learning each concept? i am already familiar with what you would know after 7 ...
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Is it possible to understand and enjoy classical music just by listening, without music theory knowledge? [closed]

Pretty much every book out there which claims to teach the readers to appreciate classical music, has significant amount of theory in it. Ex: What to listen for in Music by Aaron Copland. Is it not ...
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Music for Piano, Frangis Ali-Sade

What should I know about the music tradition behind Music for Piano, I believe mugham? From what I gather, the notation is more of you'd call a guideline. I have the 1998 Musikverlag Hans Sikorski ...
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Can someone help me figure out this music theory KEY finding question

Messing around Sunday I came up with a song that has the following Chord Progression. I'm just learning music theory and am having trouble on identifying the key. The chord progression is: C7 D7 F7 ...
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Beatles' usage of pronouns [closed]

I was wondering how did the Beatles' usage of pronouns influence the rock genre, and music in general? Of course, famous musicians such as Bruce Springsteen were inspired by their music, but did the ...
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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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Who particpated In formal musical grading education in England? [closed]

England has produced some very successful musicians in the popular music field in the past five decades. Elton John, The Beatles, The Stones, The Moody Blues, and countless others. But in the U.S. we ...
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What is the real meaning of “dominant” in music? [duplicate]

Please answer with a simple explanation and example. Why is every 5th tone from tonic called "dominant"?
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Where do I get answers to my musical “Why” questions, i.e. are there any “Why” books out there? [closed]

I have been studying music theory for some time now and I have become genuinely interested in the genealogy of music theory. I keep asking why when I study even the most basic of theories. For example,...
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Any studies on ear training, or musicality out there

Are there any established and scientifically backed-up facts about what is possible, and what time it takes for ear training? Any studies out there that look at these questions? Like letting people ...
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conterpoint and melodic learning or other ways?

If I want to learn about melodic for composition, I have to learn counterpoint, that 's right? Or it has other ways or great books for learning about, please anyone help me I lost a lot of time for ...
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Will the electric keyboard make other instruments obsolete? [closed]

Bear with me please. I am a classical guitar student who is teaching himself keyboard for composition purposes, and I've gained some appreciation for the keyboard. Some pieces I've struggled with on ...
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Is ear training for piano is 100% sufficient for ear training flute?

If a person ear trains pitches of piano will he be automatically able to understand the pitches of flute or should he do some extra ear train for flute ? For example can we say if a person ear trains ...
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Prevailing theories about discovery of harmonic intervals

Are there any prevailing theories for how Paleolithic man discovered and shared knowledge about harmonic intervals? EDIT: I'm not referring to the mathematical characterization of the overtone ...
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Meaning of Capitalization on The Notation of Gregorian Psalm Tone Endings

As you know, most Gregorian Psalm Tones have alternative endings. For example, Tone I has 10 possible endings. The endings are denoted by a letter and a number. I understand (correct me if I am ...
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Live AR in music performance

What does it mean by Live AR in music performance? Sometimes, they also put it as Live AR mic open in the setlist/cue sheet of the live music performance/concert.
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Lili Boulanger: Prelude in D-flat major: manuscript interpretation

I've found two type-settings of the prelude: One via IMSLP One via youtube The original manuscript/facsimile is also available via IMSLP. I'm not sure if I can trust either typeset versions. While ...
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Dominant seventh

I just watched a video about music theory and the guy in the video sounded as if there is a difference between AMaj7 which would A C# E G And something he called an "A major dominant seven" Is ...
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Why did Beethoven include “in the Lydian Mode” in the title of String Quartet, Op.132 - 3?

Beethoven himself gave a title to String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 3: A Convalescent's Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode From the language and context, and ...
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Is Major/Minor tonality the right term for this

When a song has both a major and a minor feel at the same time. I'm not talking about major sounding minor song or vice versa. I'm talking about a song that isn't strictly one or the other. Some ...
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Is there a music term for this

The notes that a musician or singer stresses and emphasises in a melody. The contouring they use. Their phrasing of the melody. Essentially the way they articulate the melody. I call that voicing - I'...
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The Basso Continuo and the Jazz Rhythm Section

I've seen many musicologists compare the Basso Continuo of the Baroque Era to the Jazz Rhythm Section, an analogy which I think is valid and understandable. Here's one reference (of many) that I ...
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chords, chord theory, and bass lines

Can someone please explain how chords work within a song? My previous post was on chord progressions and how to hear and listen for them in a song. More people than Not have told me to listen ...
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Chord Progressions and changes

I understand music theory thoroughly and I understand the different elements that makes up songs and music. However, I have a problem hearing chord changes and progressions in songs. I can hear the ...
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When does a song become a Hit? [closed]

We so often hear that a song is so great that it's a hit. But what should happen for it to become one, who's responcible? How does a song become a hit?
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Vocals in music

Can someone please elaborate on the concept of singing on pitch and also is there a such thing as rapping on pitch?
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How much does a good electric guitar cost [closed]

I also need to know if I should jump to learning electric guitar or should I first practice acoustic
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Singing On Pitch?

I understand the concept of singing on pitch note for note when practicing scales but when applying this to an actual song I get lost. Take this song for example from (0:25-1:38) ...
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Regarding Schubert's Missing 'Gastein' Symphony

My understanding has been that Schubert's 'Gastein Symphony' was presumed lost, until scholars realized it was in fact his 9th symphony (the 'Great'). But Wikipedia tells me the 7th Symphony, D. 729, ...
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Wood vs Stone first drum

What was the first drum instrument? Was it wood or stone? Maybe there is an answer out there, but all I found were mere discussions.
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What is really the piece called Suite No. 2 by W.A. Mozart?

I've gotten my hands on an arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet * of a Suite No. 2 / W.A. Mozart. This surprised me because Mozart didn't complete any suites as far as I know. I checked ...
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Violin - Western Classical vs indian classical. How different are they?

Just a curious beginner with no music background and knowledge of music. I am fond of Western classical music, thus violin. I have a violin but don't know where to start. I couldn't find someone to ...
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if music is universal does that also mean anyone can enjoy most music genres/styles?

I hear some people in my personal life sometimes say that they only like a few genres or one specific genre of music like just rock, hip-hop, or classical. This didn't make much sense to me though ...
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End Accents in Other Cultures

Disclaimer: It's difficult mixing terminology between Western and non-Western musics, but I'll try to make my question as clear as possible. Western Classical music most often has an accent at the ...
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How would you develop a musical instrument using a QWERTY computer keyboard? [closed]

Just now I had the idea of developing an musical instrument using the default QWERTY keyboard, for the study of music, harmony and the like. I would like the advice of more experient musicians on the ...
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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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How does Indian and Western Musical contain Seven Notes ? Is it a Coincidence?

How does Indian (sa,re,ga,ma,pa,dha,ni) and Western(c,d,e,f,g,a,b) music have seven notes ? Is it a coincidence or someone copied from other ?
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What is the motif used in many chaconnes in the 17th century?

Wikipedia says that a chaconne is a musical composition involving variations on a harmonic progression or melody (motif), similar to the passacaglia. In essence, it is a musical form. The motif is ...
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metrical structure - levels of metrical grouping

In Music, Mind and Brain: The Neuropsychology of Music they use a technique to find the most "salient" level of grouping. Link to passage text here This is important in musicology for making ...
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In musicology, what is a key profile?

What is a "key profile"? Krumhansl-Schmuckler developed an algorithm that aids in finding the key of a piece of music. The algorithm depends on pitches and durations and requires the generation of ...
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What are the avoid notes for exotic scales in jazz music?

I know there are avoid notes for the diatonic scale and the melodic minor scale. I am not familiar with exotic scale avoid notes (if they really exist in jazz music), for example, there is the ...
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Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?

I've been always told that whenever I play any baroque piece on the piano, I should take special care when attending to, for example, the amount of right pedal I should use. It sounded perfectly ...
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Musicology of Melody

I recently had a long discussion with my supervisor regarding the musicology of melody, which I can sum up as follows: Musicological studies of melody are not as rich and comprehensive as, say rhythm ...