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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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Melodic minor scale

Why do classical teachers often tell students to play melodic minor descending as natural minor? I read that Schoenberg said it was to release tension of the leading tone but if so why don’t we do ...
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Are inverted scales a thing?

Inverted chords are a thing. But are inverted scales a thing? What do I mean with that? A scale is defined by a certain set of notes where one of them is the root key. Playing the root key feels like ...
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Making Sense of Blues Soloing; differentiating major/minor pentatonics

Quarantine has allowed ample time for musical exploration. I'm a classically trained pianist studying music in college, and I'm using this extra time to be immersed in and learn how to play the blues. ...
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Is there music theoretical 'pattern' in ending themes?

I don't know if I should ask this here or in https://musicfans.stackexchange.com . I'm also not sure if the wording of my question is fine. So feel free to suggest corrections. I tend to like ending ...
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A Dorian scale/chord progressions

So I'm currently jamming a song in G Major with focus on the A Minor. The chord progression goes Am C D. I know that the A Minor Blues Scale sounds pretty sleek, but I just have the feeling that A ...
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Playing a D Major in D minor

So there's this song called "Tell Me What's On Your Mind" by Allah-Las. I'm pretty sure the song is in D minor. At least the lead melody is, and the Internet says so as well. But their main Chord ...
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How to visualize scales?

I am trying to become a more versatile musician, and I am pretty sure being able to in some way imagine where on a scale the notes, that I am playing are located is an important part of that. This ...
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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 ...
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What is the correlation between money notes and scale used in a song when singing? [closed]

I wonder what is the correlation between the scale I chose for a song and the "money notes" I'm going to sing in the more tense moments of the song, like in the prechorus. They are usually going to be ...
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E# in Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

I have been playing guitar for over ten years, but in about the past five years, I do not think I have improved much. I recently decided I want to change that, starting by trying to understand the ...
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What is the term for these scale repetition patterns?

I am making some notes on scales and patterns and I am wondering what is the term for these types of scale repetition patterns? Interested to know because I want to categorize them Interested to know ...
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Why are there just 7 modes?

Let's take a look at Ionian mode. Its pattern is "WWHWWWH". Which there are 7 steps. If we consider this mode building problem as a permutation problem then we can arrenge them into 7!/(2!*5!)=21 ...
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Are parent scales always major?

As a classical musician, the notion of "parent scales" isn't something I encountered until I started visiting this website. From context, I understand the concept just fine. But it seems that answers ...
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Chords available in a certain Key?

I am a total beginner here so please bear with me. When you have a certain key, let's take C, we have C D E F G A B C Looking at the wheel of fifths, my available chords are F C G major D A E ...
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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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Looking for the name of this scale?

I'm looking for the name of the scale or rag using the following notes: A B C C# D E F G# and possibly a G when descending the scale. It's coming from this song: ...
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What kind of musical scales did the ancient “pagan” tribes use before Roman/Greek contact?

As far as I know, the "western musical scale" is a greek invention. In Indian and Arabic music you find other scales (and time signatures as well). What sort of scales and time signatures did the ...
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Lydian chromatic concept [closed]

I have heard much talk anout the lydian chromatic concept however i find it very confusing i have heard people talk about a lydian chromatic scale and all kinds of lydian scales but idk how they are ...
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Box scale patterns vs intuition?

I know there's 7 box patterns for the major scale on the guitar. I think some people have it as 5 patterns. I've never done scales that way though. I've only done it by ear where I can go up and down ...
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Characteristic chords of a mode/scale

What makes a chord a characteristic chord of a mode? Apparently, the characteristic chords of Lydian is I and II, why is that? Why not, for instance, vii, as Lydian is the only mode that contains a ...
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Is Mother by Pink Floyd in G Mixolydian mode? [closed]

(I'd like to clarify that this is the first time that I'm approaching scales and modes) I was searching for the key of this song when I've found that it's in G major, but if it's from G major where ...
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Common scale tones when transiioning to a new chord

Yesterday I was practicing scales variation over a jazz progression, in particular Am - G#°7 - Gm7 - C7sus4 Using respectively 1)A melodic minor 2)G# whole-half 3)G dorian 4)C mixolydian I ...
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Major scales are used to build harmonized chords, so what about the other scales?

Harmonized chords are made from major scales, right ? I stumbled on this page : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_scales_and_modes there seems to be a a lot of other scales out there, so....
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“When The Sun Goes Down” by Arctic Monkeys Chords

Where do these chords come from in "When the Sun Goes Down" by Arctic Monkeys? The chords do not line up with the key of B. I am confused. Here are the song chords used: B, D#7, Emaj7, D#m, C#m, F#...
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Any ideas for soloing on guitar?

So far I have known 3 pentatonic shapes, I don't just run it up and down when soloing but I don't think it's a good solo. I've heard about harmony, target notes, chords, one pentatonic per chord but I ...
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Does this progression have a name?

I discovered that if I play a major scale, i.e. Ionian mode, then move through the modes with the same root note in the following order: Ionian Mixolydian Dorian Aolian Phrygian Lochrian At this ...
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What is the difference between being in key and improvising solo on scale?

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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Music recomendations to get my ear used to non-western scales

As the title says: I’d love to know about bands, orchestras, artists, etc. that use non-Western scales [1]. The reason is that whenever I try to listen to examples of music out of the 12-note ...
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What is wrong with this homemade modes chart?

What may you see right or wrong with this homemade modes chart? This chart is supposedly read vertically. There are definitely some parts I don’t understand I’m just wondering about if it’s Accuracy.
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Avoid Notes in scales [closed]

In my understanding, an 'avoid note' in the context of a scale is practically a particular note we should not play , for example during an improvisation, because of the clash (minor 9th interval) it ...
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I have the following chord progression. But not scale exists. Is this okay?

I have the following progression (using F-minor scale): Cmajor > D# Sus2 > A# sus2 > F sus2 > D# Sus2. Initially, the Cmajor was a Cmin...but I didn't like how it sounded or transitioned. So I ...
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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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A Dorian and what about it

Is A Dorian a G major scale? I’m not a theory guy at all, just looking for some help.
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What makes the tonic the tonic and when do I know it changed?

What makes a note the tonal center of a scale other than forcing the listener to come from and go back to the selected note as the center? Or is that what makes that note the tonal center? Also at ...
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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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How was this chord progression created?

The song is "Let me love you" by Mario, which is in the key of G minor. In the verse and the chorus, Cm7 - Gm7 - F chords are used, which is the iv, i and VII of the G minor natural scale. However, ...
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Problem with 2nd degree in minor scale

Generally I get what transposing from major to minor is about, I know I have to flatten by a half step a 3rd, 6th and 7th degree. However if I have a chord progression in C major that goes like that: ...
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Can this Arabic scale be described in Western terms?

Does anyone know what scale this is? I know it may be a scale that's not used in Western countries and also uses quarter tones...but can it be described in Western music terms? It sounds similar to ...
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Chords and pentatonics

I am trying to learn music theory, and I got stuck on pentatonics and I was wondering if you can help me out. What I don't really understand: is it correct to mix pentatonic scale with its scale ...
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Learning minor scale notes on guitar

this is a basic question but I can't wrap my head around it : when you are using the interval formula for the minor scale (or any scale) how do you know if you should use flat or shaps as the ...
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Why do we use geometric Progression?

It seems what's important in the progression of the frequencies in notes is...the difference in frequency of any two notes is not the same, but the ratio between any two notes of the same distance is ...
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Transition between scales

I'm new to music theory and I've been learning quite a bit but still have many questions. I would like to know how I could transition between scales on the piano. For example there is a song (a slow ...
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Help analyzing a few bars in a piano piece

I have a few questions about a passage in a piano piece I'm trying to analyze. I would look these questions up elsewhere but I don't even know how to word the search queries. Measure 65 starts with a ...
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Why harmonize non-diatonic notes with major 3rds above, in a “minor key” context?

I just got a TC Quintessence harmony pedal, and I was surprised to learn how it creates third-above harmony notes when set to the natural minor scale. The idea of the effect pedal is to create harmony ...
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Standard 12 bar blues shuffle

In a standard 12 bar blues shuffle, “A” Major, on a six string guitar, in standard tuning. When you get to the IV, I know... I can play the pentatonic major/minor, I know I can do some mode positions ...
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Do Lydian and Locrian Pentantonic Scales Exist?

As far as I am aware, there are two ways to construct the five modes of the pentatonic scale. The first is to go to the major diatonic, remove the fourth and seventh scale degrees (as these are a ...
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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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