Questions tagged [scales]

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Is there a theory of heptatonic scales with 1.5-step intervals?

I've been alternating between reading about music theory on Wikipedia and playing around with the scales that I've learned. The "modern Western modes" are defined systematically with their ...
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Starting scales on piano

I’ve been playing the piano for about 5 years so scales have become a kind of second nature to me. I’m currently playing 3 and 4 notes per tick at 92 for my scales. But this year I have had trouble ...
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What are some of the underlying harmonies/scales behind this type of songs?

Recently, I came across an album by a guitarist that sounded quite "exotic" and wanted to know more about the theory behind the sounds. Some interesting phrases: 2:00,...
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A system to tune sympathetic strings for Western music

I've just got an EHX Ravish pedal and so I'm exploring the sympathetic string function. For standard Western, meantone temperament: diatonic or modal, major or minor melodies what are good rules for ...
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Clichéd Chinese Pentascale?

Oftentimes when a movie is expressing Asian culture, the first five notes of a pentatonic scale (usually in CM) plays in the background, sometimes preceded by a gong. I am wondering why this is and as ...
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How to make a I vi iii progression sound like IV ii i

I am trying to write a song that incorporates a tonally ambiguous chord progression and a tonally ambiguous melody. I like the sound of G > Em > Bm > Bm. How can I write a melody to this to ...
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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 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 ...