Questions tagged [theory]

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What is this lead-sheet chord?

So, I have recently been studying for a theory test (blecch!), and as part of that I have been learning lead sheet notation. In one of the review questions I have come across this chord which I can't ...
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Jazz lick identification [closed]

I found this lick. I know that it is Jazz lick and I have used "Notes to tab" app and I think that it is in Am but I am not sure. https://pasteboard.co/JxRpKKQ.jpg Thanks for answers!
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Name two reasons why the music in the next passage starts in C Major and ends in G major?

Please help with the question in the title. I am struggling so much, thank you. Why?
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Can you delete my account and my personal information? [migrated]

I came across the site from Google yesterday , I seen some good questions on here so i tried to join up becuase I am a music educater and it was the only way I could see to give information as an ...
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Love Shack Chorus Chord Progression

I've seen this chord progression pop up verbatim in a few songs I've been learning recently. It's (in a major key) I - bIII - IV - bVI then back to the tonic. My question is: is there a name for this ...
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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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Curious about the logic behind this chord progression

https://takenote.online.berklee.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/berklee-piano-voicing-fig10-7.svg (Cmaj7 -> F#m7(9) -> B7(13) -> Em7 -> A7 -> Dm7 -> G7 -> Cmaj7) I get the B-E-A-D-...
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Is it right to call this music 'modal'? Or multi-modal?

There is a bluegrass song archetype that mixes the minor/major 3rd and raised/lowered 7th making almost an extended scale. How can I describe what's going on here using music theory? Modal mixture ...
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Should I play G or G# for this note? [duplicate]

This piece is in C# minor, which means that it has 4 sharps, F#, C#, G# and D#. While practising, I came across this note: F double sharp. It seems like an obvious answer at first: I should play G. ...
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How to understand a fixed note instrument [closed]

I play a kora, which has a fixed set of notes. I am playing traditional and non-traditional music on it. For the traditional music there is a specific didactic approach I am following. For the non-...
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Issues with the Dorian mode

In Dorian mode we have a flat 3rd. and a flat 7th. Does the flattening refer to changing a major to a minor or does it refer to lowering a note by one fret to make it a flat (as in sharp/flat). Peter ...
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Similarities between the frequencies 130.81 and 261.63 Hz [duplicate]

I have been learning to play guitar, and I wanted to look at it from a more physical point of view, because that is something I like to do. Maybe a similar question has been asked here, but I could ...
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When changing chords on a guitar, do we play according to the main chord's scale for the entire song, or the current chord? [closed]

I'm currently trying to transpose songs from numerical notes(doremifasolasido) into fingerstyle guitar tabs. However, I have absolutely no experience in music, so I am now stuck because I do not ...
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I'm looking for help both understanding and how to properly notate semiquaver triplets in 3/4 time?

Here is an example of what I am referencing. Here is how it is supposed to sound: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G1tNWeMQ_IADvZ8JITKzK0WIUDPYvMSA/view?usp=sharing I am looking for assistance in ...
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What key should I transpose Db major to preserve the original feeling?

I'm transposing a piece in Db major for a group of students I'm tutoring. However, they're not ready to play 5 flats just yet. I'm not the best at music theory; does anyone have any suggestions for ...
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how should I start please? [closed]

I am still new to music and all this stuff. I have an electric keyboard. I can play some simple songs on it but I still don't know much. So how should I start??!!
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Key signatures in Dvorak 9th symphony

I'm learning about transposing instruments, and now I'm looking at Dvorak's 9th symphony. In the second movement (Largo) I don't understand the key signature of the clarinet in A. The first movement ...
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Articulation for shortening a note/silence [duplicate]

I want to ask is there an articulation that is opposite from 'Fermata'. In other words I don't want to change the time signature? What I want the particular note/silence should go faster then the ...
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Harmonic minor while using descending melodic minor scale

Suppose I'm in a cadence in minor using the harmonic minor scale while playing a dominant V chord, thus using the raised 7th leading tone. At the same time, my melody is descending, so that would be a ...
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How does James Bay's song Let it Go sound sad in a Major key? [duplicate]

If you listen to James Bay's - Let it Go, it sounds sad yet written in major key. In general, not just for this song, what in theory makes this happen? I've read people suggesting flat majors make a ...
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Why does key-change from C to C♯ sound so exotic than C to D♭?

I downloaded and retuned Night Walk from Rhythm Tengoku from 12edo to 19edo, along with some tweaks (correction of key signatures, and correction of range of the glockenspiel) The original piece goes ...
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What’s the difference between a G7 and a G major seven chord?

What is the difference between a G7 and a G major seven chord? I assumed that a G chord with a seven behind it would be a G major seven. Could somebody explain to me the difference and how they are ...
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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 tuning system is the song Stand by me written in? [closed]

it always feels weird to me when I play the notes on my violin.... unless the music i have is wrong, is it possible the song is either written in a different tonality, or is it just the singer adds to ...
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Can someone talk me through the music theory behind Overwhelmed by Royal and the Serpent [closed]

Interested to hear the theory breakdown for the whole song - but specifically the theory behind the chorus harmonies ( @ 0:42) I am trying to develop my music theory ...
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Are melodic intervals in relation to key or simply the last played notes?

Is the concept of 'intervals' in this sense any note in relation to the tonic note of the key, (whether that tonic note is being played at the time or not), or are melodic intervals just the immediate ...
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Why does an Fmaj7 chord sound good in the context of a progression in D major?

I was fooling around in D major earlier and discovered something odd. I was playing this progression: Dmaj7 (I) -> Gmaj7 (IV) -> F#min7 (iii) Something led me to then play an Fmaj7, and it ...
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Naming and analyzing chords : problem with a stack of fourths (and 2 other slash chords)

I am writing a piece from little licks I have from years, and I found what seems to me a really moody intro consisting of 3 "exotic" chords. for context, I have no education in music theory,...
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Replacing “D-minor” and “G-Major” with “F-major” and “G 7 no 5” (in a 2-5-1 chord progression)?

This "warm-up" video first goes over what it calls as "bookkeeping" (from 21-to-35). They establish that the "warm-up" will take place in c-major and will follow the ...
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Why are there particular “rules” for using triads in second inversion but not for using seventh chords in second inversion?

In the Classical style, there are three correct uses of the six-four triad (or sometimes four; see When, if ever, are arpeggiated six-four chords really "real"?). The logic is that the ...
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Why the distance between two keys is called “semitone” [duplicate]

Why is the distance between two closest keys called semitone? I guess there some historical reasons for that. If I was to construct the piano/music nomenclature from scratch I would call the smallest ...
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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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Trying to Understand C# major/minor Over A major Bassline

I am trying to expand my musical repertoire / knowledge. I have a very basic understanding of major scales and the related modes but that is really where my knowledge starts to end, I am hoping ...
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How does this Bdim7 resolves to F/C?

( The song, the score I posted starts at 2:39 ) At the 4th measure, Bdim7 appears. It resolves to F/C. But I can't understand how this works. Can someone explain what is going on ?
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Too many notes for a bar [duplicate]

Theory question. Looking at Villa-Lobos's Prelude no. 2 bar 9, there seems to be too many notes. The time signature is 2/4. See attached highlighted in yellow. What am I missing? Thanks
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To what extent is music theory just giving us a language to describe/break down music, or does it really have significant “scientific content”?

For instance, you can always chop up notes into chord tones vs non-chord tones; and then separate non-chord tones into passing tones and neighbor tones. These are very much just classifications. Thus, ...
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Finding a scale from power chords

I'm sorry if this question was asked thousands of times. I'm learning basic music theory and how chords are constructed from intervals etc. and I'm trying to apply this knowledge to the music I'm ...
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Why do parallel keys matter?

I am learning about borrowed chords and all explanations state it's done in conjunction with a parallel key. Why? Wikipedia says: "In the early nineteenth century, composers began to experiment ...
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As a beginner: How to 'stack' notes to create a 'min. 7 b5' chord?

How to stack notes on a measure of music to create a -7 b5 chord?
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What kind of progression is this?

Sometimes I listen to some songs and try to get the underlying features of it, and this time I've hit a bump.... I have no idea what is the progression on the following song: It's TheFatRat and AleXa'...
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Reading and playing sheet music without actually understanding the notes

I'm learning to read music. I'm at the point where I can sight-read basic tunes on the treble and bass clefs (I've almost finished Alfred's Vol. 1). However, I've noticed that my mind always wants to ...
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How to “fix” Toccata and fugue?

Disclaimer: I know Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is a classic, and a very good piece for many musicians. It's just that it's not right for me, for the reasons below. So I really like a lot of Toccata ...
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How to incorporate a chorus sheet?

I'm in the process of re-producing some sheet music from the Civil War. My question involves the 'chorus sheet' found at the end of nearly every piece. For example, in this song: Save Our Flag, the ...
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How to make music partitures [closed]

Do you have any digital references to make music partitures, please? Is it possible to do them in Word or another application? Thanks in advance! :)
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Determining what sounds good [closed]

Before I ask the question, assume the following about me: an especially high affinity for auditory stimulation difficulty tuning out intermediate to advanced knowledge of music theory I seem to be ...
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Why do music intervals sound almost the same? [closed]

e.g If we played C and D# on the piano in ascending order (Let's call it tune 1) and then D# and F# in ascending order again (Let's call it tune 2), We know both tunes are slightly different but ...
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Could dropping the root note fit well into certain melodies?

For example if I'm playing a melody that is in f7, while comping with my left hand, do I keep the f (e, f, a, c) or drop it (e, a, c) making it sound like a minor
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Is there a physical explanation of why the dominant chord tends to the tonic in a major scale?

All the music theory books that I've read until now shows that the dominant chord " tends" to the tonic. I mean, the dominant chord is resolved by the going to the tonic but there's no ...
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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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How do I add drums to an already written rap?

I spent a lot of my free time over the last year working on a diss track and practicing so I can rap at a decent pace, and I'd like to actually record it at some point. Problem is, I'm struggling to ...

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