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Which note to start the melody on?

I am trying to learn to play melodies by ear. I was trying to play Twinkle Twinkle by ear. Justin Guitar taught that a melody can be played anywhere on the fretboard and when I tried to do so, I found ...
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Why can't you use the same backing track for all modes of a scale?

I am seeing lots of statements online to guitarists that they should be careful to use the specific backing track for a mode. It seems to me that you should be able to use one backing track for all ...
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What to do after learned scales positions?

I’m playing 3.5 years and in last month I start to learn scales so first I learned all major scale positions. So now before I will learn more scales like minor,pentatonic, harmonic minor etc What I ...
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What's the difference between a 13th chord and a full heptatonic scale?

Suppose I have a C major scale in front of me, and I label them by scale degree. C D E F G A B C D E F G A B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 If my understanding is correct, then C Major is 1, ...
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When can we say a given scale has a tonal center?

I have started studying music theory recently and I stumbled upon the concept of scales. The way I understand it (please correct me if I am wrong): It can be difficult sometimes to create a good ...
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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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What scale is the melody in the song? [closed]

I was wondering if this song was in major or minor key. I am new to analyzing music and so I am having a hard time trying to figure out the melody, or how to describe it rather. This is the song link:
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Difference between Akebono and the diatonic scale?

It is written in this Wikipedia page that The Akebono scale is a musical scale commonly used in traditional Japanese music. Akebono and the Diatonic scale use the same intervals, but Akebono has no ...
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Beginner question - chords in the Japanese InSen scale

I'm a beginner but I've been learning music theory and practicing on a MIDI keyboard and FL Studio DAW. Just as I was learning basic chords and chord progressions in western music I was introduced ...
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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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E minor to A minor transiton with F#

I'm learning guitar and have been practicing transitions between chords using notes in common for the key/scale. One lesson starts with A minor for one measure and then transitions to D minor by ...
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Can I use two minor scales in the same song? [duplicate]

I've been composing a song, using the chord progression Am - G#° - Dm7/A - E (i - VII - iv - V), that is using the Harmonic minor scale. The song has some melodies, that appear in different parts. The ...
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What scale is used with this descending bassline progression?

I am trying to find which scale this chord progression (Cmin - G\B - B♭ - Fmin\A♭ - A♭ - E♭\B♭ - Bdim) is borrowed from. I think it doesn’t fit on any scale because this progression uses modal ...
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Why do many musical pieces transition between relative major and minor scales?

I understand that they have the same notes so they "sound related". Another factor that might be at play: perhaps it makes the life of the performer easier, not having to adjust back and ...
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What is this pentatonic scale called?

I have been enjoying a wonderful scale recently, but I am unable to find its ‘proper name’ anywhere. It’s essentially a minor pentatonic with a major 3rd in place of the 4th 1 - b3 - 3 - 5 - b7 e.g. C ...
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How are guitar scale shapes/patterns named?

This site has the scale pattern numbers similar between Pentatonic and Major scales In the above images, Pattern 5 of the Pentatonic scale seems to be aligned to Pattern 5 of the Major scale. But, ...
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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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GUITAR - C major scale progression

I am having a rough time understanding the numbers on the chord.progression as an example on the C major scale. Why is it that they are boxed in these numbers ? And why those numbers ? Why in that ...
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How do I get ideas for licks assuming I already have a chord progression

I have no idea what to play over a chord progression. I know my scales but I don't want to play scales up and down. How do I get licks ideas?
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Relationship between chord progression of backing track and scale of solo

I've started improvising guitar solos over some backing tracks like this one, and the videos always start by stating the chord progression and then saying which scale you can solo in for it to sound ...
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Using blue note(b3/b5) of IV and V (major/minor) pentatonic blues scale on IV7 and V7 chords? [closed]

When using IV and V major pentatonic on IV7 and V7 chords, will b3 of the respective IV and V major pentatonic sound good. Example: In the key of A on D7 chord using F note(b3) while playing D major ...
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Help understanding tendency tones

What should I be listening for when trying to understand tendency tones? From what I understand, unstable tones ‘resolve’ into a specific stable tone, but I’m having trouble hearing these resolutions ...
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What are the Klezmer modes?

I stumbled across an article by Josh Horowitz about Klezmer modes. The article gives tantalizing hints about the Klezmer modes and sub-modes but fails to fully articulate them. Ahava Rabboh (...
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Does a diatonic scale contain more than 7 pitches?

Let's assume we have an A-minor which begins at A1 (I mean 1st octave). According to the interval pattern of minor scale pitches which are in the scale are: A1, B1, C1, D1, E1, F1, G1. Okay, but can I ...
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Which Pentatonic scale to play over which chord in a major key chord progression?

How do I decide which scale to play on each different chord. For example in a C major key I have I ii iii IV V vi viidim chords. I can play C major pentatonic on I chord but on other chords ii iii IV ...
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Name for minor scale with flat fifth

I'm looking for a name for the minor scale with a flattened fifth note. WHWWHWW -> WHWHWWW C min: C D Eb F G Ab Bb; C ???: C D Eb F Gb Ab Bb The closest my searching has come to an answer was ...
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how do you choose which pentatonic scale to use over a progression?

Since there are three pentatonic scales that work with any diatonic chord progression, how do you decide which one to use? If I have a chord progression in Bm, I could use Bmin, Emin or F#min ...
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Within acoustic blues guitar, why triads and inversions?

Within acoustic blues guitar how important are triads and their inversions? I have read and studied, they are mostly used on the E1st. B2nd. and G3rd. strings, I do not quite understand them, I don’t ...
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Aeolian mode harmony

I have been having trouble writing progressions in other modes, and I think this question might get me one step closer to understanding the modes (in this case just Aeolian) from a different ...
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Can someone identify what mode/scale this is?

Sorry if this is a simple question, I tried googling it but couldn't get any good answers. I am playing an open (low) E string on a guitar and then at the same time playing an A major scale on the ...
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Moving from min pent to aeolian? How does tension resolve work

I want to apologize if my question itself is an error. Thats due to everything you can find about music theory being very abstract, with little info about practical application If my question itself ...
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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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Name of a certain pattern?

I've been wondering if there's a specific name for the following pattern, 3 examples with timestamps: ...
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Is there a name that specifically refers to the Western pentatonic scale?

By Western pentatonic scale (which shows up in other musical traditions as well), I mean all the modes of the major pentatonic scale, which is anhemitonic (scales that do not contain semitones) and ...
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How can horns, most of which have only three buttons, play all their notes?

I’m a big fan of the “horn” family but have trouble understanding how horns are able to play the same scales and modes that a piano is able to play, being that horns only have a few buttons. In some ...
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Why this fingering suggestion for E locrian scale?

I'm reading this book called "The Source" and it suggests the following fingering. My question pertains to the right hand fingering suggestion, the most common fingering that I've seen in ...
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Does the root note fall on the same place using CAGED system on guitar?

I'm just using the CAGED system as a reference to talk about shapes here. I will take the shape formed with A and G to explain myself here. I understand that the shape will fall in different places ...
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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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What does it mean when a piece is written on a specific scale?

All the music pieces and songs are written on some scale, say if we consider D major scale the Cs and Fs must be sharp and others natural. But the Cs and Fs in that piece might be flat or natural at ...
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How come modern modes are based on the same set of intervals?

I couldn't find any answer regarding this specifically, so I assume there's some basic concept behind this that I missed. So, as far as I know: Modern modes are based on the same set of intervals, ...
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What are the capitalized roman numerals in a minor key [duplicate]

I've heard that for major scales, the capital letters are always I, IV, and V. What are they for minor scales?
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Why does A minor scale sound the “best” over Dm and C chord progression?

I created a little loop with the following two intervals: D A and C G Listen here: https://tinyurl.com/ybsukagd In looking at what scale to use to solo over that simple progression, I thought D ...
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How do you decide which key signature a certain music is in by ear, from hearing it?

When I hear a song or a melodious tune, I can often figure out the relative pitches and play the tune on the piano. But I usually only play it on C major (the simplest scale for me--occasionally G ...
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What is a Diatonic tendency tone?

"In the four-part writing of diatonic seventh chords the fifth may be omitted, in which case the doubled note in a four-part texture should not be a tendency tone. The most common doubling is the root....
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How to choose scales for improvisation based on chords used in a progression?

When playing a tune that has both, minor and major chords, what scale would be safe to use for soloing? It seems that a Minor Pentatonic would work for the minor chords, but not that well for the ...
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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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Advice regarding utilising a scale while improvising solos or writing a song in general

I have been playing guitar for about two years. I have never been formally trained in music and all my knowledge is self taught. I know a little about improvising but I would classify myself as a ...
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When to deviate from scale?

Although above composition is in B minor, there is a single A# in the piece that is not in the scale. What is the purpose of this out of scale note? When does it make sense to use notes out of the ...
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Are there modes beyond Lydian?

I am learning music theory for fun and I am trying to understand different modes. I saw this video by David Bennett where he talked about how you can flatten an additional note in the Locrian mode to ...
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Diminished scale fingering on piano

What do you think about fingering of diminished scale on piano RH, C Db Eb... 1231 2134? In one forum I read that standard is 123 13 123. But didn't see "my" fingering anywhere. What do you think ...

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