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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? [closed]

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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Efficient exercises to Learn Scales

I'm 66 years old, have some health problems so I don't know how long I'll be around, I've been learning music theory for some film-making projects. I have a MIDI keyboard attached to a DAW and I use ...
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Are the Scales which use double-flats and double-sharps in the key signature just theoretical scales? Why?

I've just found this information on a page I use to practice my scales. Is it true? What's the difference between a theoretical scale and a real one??? https://www.musicteacherguide.com/piano-melodic-...
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Eb harmonic minor scale fingers?

Can anyone help me with Eb harmonic minor piano scale fingering, please? For both hands if possible.
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Is chord scale theory an unhelpful starting point for players?

Do others on here find the chord scale theory approach is detrimental to many guitar players learning jazz? I spent a long time learning all my scales and arpeggios but I could never get the hang of ...
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Piano scales and bpm

It's been a few weeks since I've stuck with trying to learn the piano (after a few unsuccessful tries over the years). I'm doing the scales, and I'm wondering what speed I should be doing them at, and ...
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How do I play do re mi fa sol la si on my soprano recorder?

I am confused about there being different lowest notes for different sizes. My soprano recorder says descant B. it is an average sized recorder(yamaha yrs 24b). What will the fingering be like if I ...
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Scale Recommendation for Tricky Key Change

I'm playing a pretty tune, which calls for a solo on the following chords: Cm G7 C Fm A♭ Cm G Cm As you can see, the key temporarily changes, shifting the tonic chord to major before its ...
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What's the point of using different keys when creating music? [duplicate]

Ok hear me out. I see some songs written in the key of C and some in Ab and some in Bb and so on and so forth. But why not use C for all? Since no pitch alone has any inherent quality on their own, ...
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Why is the octatonic scale described as a equal interval chromatic scale?

I read a dissertation in which the author describes the octatonic scale as 'equal interval chromatic'. I thought that the octatonic was a mixture of semitones and tones? Moreover the dissertation is ...
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harmony with 24 note scales

has anyone tried writing music with 24 notes in the scale? so for each of the usual 12 notes an extra note is inserted between it and the next one 1 semitone above. I don't understand why people stop ...
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How to play a lower sounding Eb mixolydian than classic mixolydian shape starting on 6th fret of A string?

I’m learning to play a song on bass. By ear, I can hear the verse riff uses the Eb mixolydian scale. However, I feel playing Eb mixolydian that high up on the fretboard, starting on Eb on the A ...
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Do C major and B-flat major have a deep connection?

I decided to research where I can "easily" modulate from C major using dominant seventh chord (modulating to a major key we are). In this case I define the word "easily" in the following way - There ...
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What minor key siganture has 6 double flats? [closed]

I have read Wiki-pedia, the theorethical key page however does not list if there's a key signature with 6 double flats and 1 flat. The max that that page lists are key signatures with 3 double flats.
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The musical scale E-sharp major is fake? [duplicate]

WikiPedia has an article about E-sharp minor scale (that is a scale relative to G-sharp major) there is no article of E-sharp major, instead it redirects to F major that is a scale using flats instead ...
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How do I contextualize chords from different keys that sound good together?

For instance, an E major triad followed by an A minor sounds really good to me. I don't believe these can belong to the same key, because you can't have a sharp g and a natural C in the same scale as ...
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Does the diatonic scales D major, A major, E major and B minor implement the same notes used by the pentatonic F-sharp minor scale?

The F# minor pentatonic scale notes are: F# A B C# E. Now I want to know if the D major, A major, E major and B minor scales (all diatonic) implement all the notes used by the F# pentatonic ...

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