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Question about George Russell Lydian Chromatic Concept

The wiki page says: Russell builds a prototype chromatic scale starting on the Lydian Tonic by stacking fifths, skipping the interval between the seventh and eighth tones. Using C as the Lydian Tonic ...
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Doubt about accidental

I'm not sure about the marked C in the descending scale passage of Mateo Carcassi Op5 N 8. The piece is in G major but the few measures before we've moved to D major, and we are returning to G major. ...
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60's pop music. How well known was theory, e.g. the pentatonic scale?

Many years ago, at school some friends and I played versions of instrumental guitar pieces by the Shadows and other bands. Our method was to slow down the vinyl record and listen to what was played ...
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Keyscales & Melodies

I'm fairly new to learning music theory at a basic level. I understand notes, triads, intervals and how to read sheet music but I am struggling to understand key scales and how and when they apply and ...
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If a Concert instrument plays an F double sharp scale, what is the first note they play [duplicate]

plz help...If a Concert instrument plays an F double sharp scale, what is the first note they play I was confused on this question and need more clarification because I play a Concert Bb instrument.
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When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? [duplicate]

When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? plz help? I was confused on this question and need more clarification because I play a Concert Bb instrument.
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How do you derive a minor key from a major key? [duplicate]

So I learnt that going to the sixth note of a major key will give you its relative minor - with the same key signature. How are you supposed to know what notes will be in the minor key? Are they the ...
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What would you call this scale? G Ab B C Db Eb F G

I thought it might be phrygian dominat with a flat 5 or Locrian with a major third but i can't find any info so i thought i would ask here
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Keys and major pentatonic, minor pentatonic or minor harmonic scales [closed]

Are Keys with minor or major pentatonic and minor harmonic scales named differently or how do you discern the scale based on the key if it's pentatonic or harmonic instead of natural?
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Can anyone give me blues scale fingering numbers for left hand piano? [duplicate]

I want blues scale fingerings for left hand piano
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Figuring scales from a chord progression

How does one figure out scales from a Baseline? Say for example, the Rhythm Guitar plays Bm chord for 4 Bars and then Amaj for 2 and Gmaj for 1 and then back to Bmin. How do i figure out, what scale ...
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What determines the correlation between musical scales?

I was reading something about the distribution of diatonic scales (Transpositions of C major) in the first movement of Mozart's "facile" sonata. With some calculations, it was stated that C ...
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Should I avoid looking down while training arpegios and scales? (Piano)

I can play while not looking down with almost no performance loss while playing scales. Arpeggios are a different story. I have to slow the metronome a lot and I start to make a lot of mistakes. It's ...
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Is there any reason to practice scales over multiple octaves?

I've found the following poster online https://www.amazon.co.uk/Really-Useful-Piano-Poster-Beginners/dp/B07DWD25FF/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=THE+REALLY+USEFUL+POSTER+COMPANY&qid=1609079047&...
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Are the notes in Blues scale in Am I Evil solo? [duplicate]

e|-11-12-11---11-12-14-14-14-12-11-12-11----|-----------------7---| B|---------12----------------------------12-|-10---------/7-------| I am analyzing the Guitar Solo of Metallica's cover version of ...
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Relative minor: What notes do I actually play?

I am confused on the difference on the actual notes between a relative minor and major key - Are the notes (as in the accidentals of the key signature that tell us which notes are sharp or flat) the ...
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What is the most frequent scale degree?

Just as people have analyzed texts to determine letter frequency, what is the most frequent scale degree? (For typical pieces with a key signature). I'm looking for a count that's treats all note-...
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How to deal with voice change?

I am a 14 year old boy and I think my voice is changing. Last year I used to nail notes from D4-G5 in my chest voice and I was always taking the high octave (even with the girls singing) but over the ...
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I need Help with this scale!

I composed a piece of music (more like a few renditions of a theme) that I sat down to transcribe, but it doesn't seem to fit into any scale! (I haven't looked at Japanese scales yet) Bear in mind ...
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Which minor scale/mode do you use to harmonize the chords, when improvising in minor key?

When improvising in minor key (let's say classical harmony, non-modal), I guess the minor melodic scales (asc. and desc.) are used to play, well, the melody (hence the name melodic?). Or is the ...
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Can you help me understand what I am doing with these arpeggios?

I have a song with a part that I am wanting to play arpeggios over with the guitar. But just using the actual chord tones sounds boring to me. So I have started with an arpeggio pattern on the first ...
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Why only root versions of chords?

Most guitar sites show chords in root position. For example, the barred A shape generally gets shown with X on bottom string - even though that's always a chord tone, including it gives 2nd inversion. ...
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What are the ratios of Just Intonation?

My Make Noise Morphagene has the following comment in its configuration file: //Ratio Table - Equal Temperament //1.00000: Unison //1.05946: minor 2nd //1.12246: Major 2nd //1.18920: minor 3rd //1....
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What are the other two common pentatonic scales

An answer on my previous question mentioned 2 other common pentatonic scales besides the 'common blues' scale. I'm guessing one of them is the major pentatonic scale, but what is the other one, and ...
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are you able to post a pentatonic minor scale pie chart like the C major one?

On the question Minor Pentatonic scale, @user37496's answer includes a circular pie chart for major pentatonic scales built on the circle of 5ths/4ths which demos the 'outside' notes of each position ...
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What key should I get my native-american style flute in?

I'm a hobby guitarist and I'm looking to switch things up by playing another instrument for a little bit. So I'm looking into buying a Native American style flute ('NASF') because of the timbre and ...
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can someone help me make sense of guitar inversions

so I've been practicing caged system and I can play arpeggios the the chord tone position, scale and pentatonic in all 5 positions. but something that I've still having trouble. sure I can rip thru it ...
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Why do people play notes outside of the scale when playing the blues

I am watching a tutorial and he is playing C Blues and he is playing in the bass C and G and C and A. Now the C blues scale is C Eb F Gb G Bb. So how is he playing that A in the bass and it sounds ...
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Is there a reason why “Scale Inversions” don't get discussed?

It only dawned on me recently, but it's quite a fundamental and important feature of scales that they are not mirrored under their own inversion. The intervalic formula for major is: W W H W W W H If ...
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What key flute (dizi) is recommended for starting flute player? [closed]

I'm planning on buying a Dizi (Chinese traverse bamboo flute). Dizi is a diatonic flute, so dizis come in different keys. The options I'm considering from are: F key dizi can play in: F major, C major,...
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Asymmetric scales with 7+ but less than 12 notes?

Is there any theoretical reason for not exploring n-note scales (7<n<12) which has similar interval relationships as diatonic scales? Context: I always feel odd when learning about non-diatonic ...
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What is the name of this scale based on the harmonic series?

The following table lists the first 13 harmonics of the note C Harmonic Note Unique note ----------------------------- 1 C C 2 C 3 G G 4 C 5 ...
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Piano recomended fingering for blues scale [duplicate]

Is there an 'official' or best practice fingering for blues scales for the piano? Fingering for the C major scale as described by the exam boards (for at least the one I did) is: RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 -...
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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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