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What does it mean to play "behind" or "in front" of a root scale note [closed]

I've been playing bass for a couple of years now, learning mostly from tabs. Now I've turned to actually trying to learn more than robotically copying bass lines without understanding them. I've ...
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Chords for rumba don't fit in any scale

I was trying to find the scale for this tab: https://acordes.lacuerda.net/pablo_montero/gata_salvaje.shtml The main chords are Fm A#m D# C. I tried with F Harmonic Minor, but it lacks the D#. Not only ...
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Do People and/or Robots Speak on Pitch and in Harmony with themselves?

I asked this in Linguistics, but apparently nobody there wants to venture an answer; maybe this is a better place to ask it. My ear is not good enough to tell via observation whether people speak in ...
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Functional ear training vs interval ear training for singers

Do singers use functional (scale degree) ear training method or interval ear training method to find a reference pitch from the accompaniments to start singing in key? for example, the accompaniment ...
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Term for minor harmony with both major and minor sixths applied

In my bar piano arrangement of the song "Georgia On My Mind" (pub. Schott), in the first measure, half beat, there is an interval of a diminished octave in the left hand: G# and G ...
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Constructing a database of complete music theory?

I would like to write a python program which is connected to a freely downloadable music theory database / data-structure to run the following query: Return all chords within the E major scale ...
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Right hand descending scale F# key finger 3 vs. 4

When playing the descending scale in the images shown, I always use finger 3 (orange) on the black F# key (3214321) because it's easier than finger 4 (printed) as it's far from the center and the hand ...
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Piano scale fingering difference between one and multiple octave target

I'm a piano beginner and trying to practice scales correctly. What confuses me is that all guides mention how important it is to practice scales, but none are explaining the difference in fingering ...
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Are there popular microtonal scales for violins? Or any instrument that can easily get microtones?

I'm interested in popular or used microtonal scales. I don't need a list of all possible ones, just those that are used. If you could also please give the uses of such microtonalities to hear not just ...
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Does the scale of C major with a half-sharp D have a name?

I am using the same melody for 2 instruments and I half-sharpened every D note on the second one, and left the first as C major. Does this have a name? Or is it used anywhere?
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How many kinds of Maqam systems are there in far and middle eastern music

I have read about "Arabic Maqams" used in music (which is quite well discussed) but there are other Maqam systems as well. What are the other Maqam systems used in other cultures/ traditions?...
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What is the lowered supertonic note called, especially in Phrygian and Locrian modes?

I know most scales/modes like Ionian (major), Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian and Aeolian (natural minor) have a major second note called the supertonic, but some scales/modes like Phrygian and Locrian ...
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Should a scale like C double harmonic major or C phrygian dominant be notated as a 4 flats or natural key?

I'm not really looking for an "objective" answer, but a list of pros and cons for the 2 options I listed (and maybe other options like notating the key as 3 flats or making a weird custom ...
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What scale is this (C# D# F F# G# A# B)? [closed]

I have these notes: C# D# F F# G# A# B What scale is it?
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Six string bass and Guitar Technique

I know some stuff on guitar. By stuff, I mean scales/chords etc... I would like to have some knowledge for the bass. Maybe for home recording, enriching my sounds. The bass is a four stringed ...
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Any tips on making pentatonic climbing more fluid (electric guitar)

I've been practicing pentatonic scales on my electric guitar and sometimes it'll be very fluid and smooth sounding and other times it'll be very choppy and static. Is making the climb-up and climb-...
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Descending mode vs. Mixolydian

I looked through my notes and I saw the formula for descending mode. I had written that the formula was "WWHWWHW". I'm confused because I'm sure that is also the formula for the Mixolydian ...
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Term for Major Scale with a minor seventh

Given a C major Scale, with C as root: C D E F G A B now make the 7th. step minor, and keeping C as root (not switching to F Major) C D E F G A Bb What is the term / name for this key?
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How to read movable scale chart for A minor pentatonic?

I bought a guitar chart and it has this figure for moveable minor pentatonic scale: I know the number 1 box pattern of the minor pentatonic scale (Justin guitar course). I play it starting on the 5th ...
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How to construct chords in exotic scales?

Till now i've been learning to construct chord's by stacking / altering notes in the MAJOR scale and its modes. What about other types of exotic scales ? I can see lot of exotic scales here -> ...
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Playing Am pentatonic scale over A blues chord progression

I had a guitar entrance exam yesterday regarding improvisation. The guy put on a A blues backing track and told me to improvise. As I'm not a blues guy myself, I went and improvised on the A major ...
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Keyboard with black and white keys all the same size and in-line? [closed]

I want to know if anyone makes a chromatic keyboard on which sharps/flats are black, but the same size as the other keys and in line with them (see sketch below). There needs to be no distinction ...
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How do you properly read an extended scale chart?

This question is about reading extended scale charts. Example A: Shows a small segment of notes that are easy to read and practice. Example B: Shows all possible notes and I don't know where to start ...
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The reading of a song: what a beginner in composition needs to pay attention when reading a song? [closed]

Firstly, I'm a beginner in composition and all of my songs were quite "intuitive". I'm at a stage where I really need to know music theory in order to produce better songs. I) Introduction ...
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Doubt on scale shape creation and plagiarism

First of all, -Tone := T -Semi-Tone:= ST. Suppose you have the well know C major scale pattern: T T ST T T T ST Well, this is just one example of what we can do in music: ...
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What is the relative major of a minor?

I've heard of the relative minor of a major, but what is the relative major of a minor and how do you find it? I've tried searching it up, but all I got were some pretty vague results and a few not ...
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What is "modal minor"?

What is "modal minor"? Context: Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Six Studies in English Folk Song" has a part called "1.Adagio ('Lovely on the Water') in E modal minor" (emphasis ...
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Brahms Concerto Piano 1 Rondo : Hungarian Gypsy scale?

Piano part, Measures 136-139 (in Breitkopf's) - Pollini playing A/ Can I understand the right hand part as based on an Hungarian Gypsy scale ? B/ Are there any functional ? harmonic ? logical ? ...
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Is there a name for the guitar-based scale E-G-A-C-D-E?

If you use only the open chords on a guitar, you can walk a bass line using these notes: E G A C D E This line tends to be expressed with chords that mix modes. So for example the A chord may contain ...
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Why are some musical pieces using tricky key signatures? [duplicate]

I have learned in solfege classes when I was a kid that each sheet music of a musical piece has a key signature made out of sharps or flats. I understood that this key signature changes when the piece ...
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How do I identify chord scales? (Chord scale theory)

I'm confused with how to identify chord scales because there are a lot of modes and combinations I have to consider. For example, Cmaj is C Ionian, and C13 is C Mixolydian, etc., right? Basically ...
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Do you find it easier nowadays to practice and learn music that what it used to be years ago? [closed]

Judging from my own experience, I believe that nowadays is much easier to find good teachers and material to practice and become really good. For example, I am middle aged and was a fan of Queensryche ...
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Scale with major, minor, diminshed and augmented chords in it [closed]

I am looking for a well-known example of a scale, which has a minor, major, diminished and augmented chord in it. I mean the following: When I write down the scale and write down the triad on every ...
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What scale is this (A, Bb, C#, D, E#, F#, G# )

To what scale would this group of notes correspond? A, Bb, C#, D, E#, F#, G# I tried searching online but did not have much luck.
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Harmony Lines for Pentatonic Melodies

I found this great video on harmonizing pentatonic melodies. By harmonize in the case I mean creating second lines to go with a melody, rather than finding a suitable chord progression. ...
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What makes "Oh Hanukkah" sound Jewish?

Recently, I've been studying the effect of scale choice on the mood and feel of music. Songs using the major scale tend to sound happy. Songs using the minor scale tend to sound sad. Songs using less ...
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Unusual pentatonic scale

On this video the guy plays an instruments called Dvina. I'm currently making my version of it. My question is about its fret marks which looks and sounds like a minor pentatonic with a lowered 7th ...
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Need to apply box notation on thick strings from book Improvising Rock guitar green note publ

I was reading and practicing with book Improvising Rock Guitar by Green note music publication. In that book i understood the box notations which are all explained in top 3 or 4 strings the thin ...
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How do I Modulate a scale that doesn’t exist?

So I’m composing a song with “3” scales, G harmonic minor, A#/Bb Major and a set of notes that I can’t seem to find a scale for. C-D-D#-F#-G-A#-B I love how it sounds but don’t know much about music ...
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What is the scale of this song? It only uses I, II, III, IV and V of the minor scale [closed]

The key note is C#. It looks like a minor scale but lacks VI and VII (only contains 5 tones). What is its scale? Thank you!
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Harmonic analysis: Bm7b5 E7 Fmaj7 [closed]

Bm7b5, E7, Fmaj7 are of course the 2nd, 5th and 6th degree of A harmonic minor, but if I'm in Fmaj what are they?
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What's the best technique for C major scale?

I'm currently learning C major scale using acoustic guitar and I can play one note at a time on top of a Song. The challenge is,it doesn't sound like a music. How can I achieve good solo with it?
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In guitar, do consecutive frets on the same string play notes from the same octave?

If I move to consecutive frets on the same string, are notes produced from the same octave? For example, is it possible to play the first 5 notes of C major scale on the A string? (C, D, E, F, G)? Why ...
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What chords/scales in guitar to play if I have a key of C harmonica?

I do not have musical theory knowledge but I enjoy playing instruments being self-taught but now I am facing some limitations being non-theory musician. I have a harmonica which is in the key of C, ...
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What mode or scale does Hans Zimmer dwell on in Dune? [closed]

I was listening to the Dune soundtrack just now as background music, and I noticed that it felt very modal. It keeps using the following series of intervals: wholestep-halfstep-wholestep-halfstep-...
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Historical origin of the raised sixth scale degree in minor

The way I understand the melodic minor scale — with its raised 6 and 7 ascending and lowered 6 and 7 descending — is that it's representative of how composers operated when composing in minor. However,...
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How to make A-scale Bansuri blend into A-scale Tampura

I have A scale Bass Bansuri 6 holes, total length is 23.5", length from embouchure (blowing hole) to Pa (6th and last hole) is 16" I use online Tanpura, https://www.anubodh.com/tanpura.php ...
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How to use pentatonic scale(s) for bass lines

In creating bass lines using pentatonic scale, do you use the pentatonic scale of the key you are in or of the chord you are playing?
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Automatic note splitting - missed stems

Why are some stems missing? \version "2.22.1" \include "changePitch.ly" nl = \break chord_a = \relative c''' {<e gis c>} chord_b = \relative c'' {<fis b d>} root = {...
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Is this phrase ending a half cadence, imperfect authentic cadence, or neither?

I'm working on this for a music theory class. By my analysis: Song is in key of A major The chord for measure three uses the 4th scale degree, or IV The chord for measure four is the tonic, or I I'...
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