Questions tagged [theory]

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Is true to say in which scales or tonality

I was wondering when we want to ask someone about a piece of music , I could say what the scale of that music is or the tonality of that. Which one is true
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How would this chord from “The Chamber of 32 Doors” by Genesis be analyzed?

I'm trying to analyze a song I recently discovered, "The Chamber of 32 Doors" by Genesis. Here is the song link: At 1:02, there is a chord progression with a ...
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Are there note patterns on each string instrument that can not be played?

I am a high school band kid who is trying to compose orchestral music for the first time. I have done several band compositions, be it jazz or classical, but this is my first time composing orchestra ...
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What is a musical pattern and how do you use it in style?

In music theory what is a music pattern as it relates to style? Here is a quote I got from this website to help one get my question about style... and the use of "musical pattern. " "Style refers to ...
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Do you avoid parallel octaves/5ths when writing parallel supporting Melodies?

Do you avoid parallel octaves/5ths when writing parallel supporting Melodies? For example when harmonizing a vocal melody I have a plugin that by default adds a 3rd and 5th underneath. Should I change ...
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Is there any good resource to check part writing?

I'm fairly new to music theory and would like a way to check my part writing. Does anyone know of any tools to help me?
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Does there exist a way of notating ones own harmonic language?

It's quite clear to most that certain artists have a distinct sound. While a lot of it may be down to production elements and instrument choice, there can really be no denying that their personal ...
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What level of music theory is this artist? [closed]

You guys are so helpful. Thanks so much. Hopefully someone can help me with this one. I am a big fan of Kanye West. Not so much his lyrics but his musical ability is amazing to me. These are some of ...
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Is it okay to not understand the entire book of theory?

I have a music theory book that I study a lot and I know it well all the way from species counterpoint to secondary dominant and the Neapolitan 6th chords. I know it all except the end. It starts ...
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Texture of Beethoven's Symphony Number 8 movement 1

I have been struggling to come up with a conclusion if the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 has a polyphonic texture. But I cannot find a valid reason. Does anyone have any solid ideas of ...
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Is 8/4 time signature a thing?

I'm refering to Cross Examination Moderato 2001 by Masakazu Sugimori and Minecraft by C418. Let's assume the beat unit is transcribed by a quarter note. For the first piece, it sounds like eighth ...
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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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Confused on figured bass in minor

I’m new to learning figured bass... Why is the last set of notes considered as a capital Roman numeral V instead of vi? The root note shows G.
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Breath marks and Ritardando with no notes

This is really interesting. I’m going to try and ask two questions here albeit I do believe they are very much related to reading music. In this first example, (end of Stravinsky’s Symphony in C) we ...
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How to play these grace notes and trills?

I have this piece from Bach called "no. 35, BWV 514" and there are these ornaments that i don't understand. Like the grace note at bar 11 where there is a eight grace note and a trill notation over ...
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I was wondering what time signature is this song written in? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could determine in what time signature is this piece? Thanks!
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Is acapella xenharmonic by default?

I recently watched Adam Neely's video about comma pump. He quotes from "Fundamentals of Musical Composition" by Arnold Schoenberg. (Chapter XI, page 99): ...the natural semi-tones differ in size ...
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Is it possible playing C mixolydian notes in a song in the key of C?

Can I play the notes of the C mixolydian for a solo in a song that is in the key of C?
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Kabalevski Op. 48 (Violin) - What is this called and how do you play it? [duplicate]

First of all, I'm sorry for the unspecific title, but since I don't know what it is called, I cannot specify. I'm regarding the last bar before they key switches from Eb Major (2 b) to C Major (no ...
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Is there symbolism in Brahms No. 1? How does this, and the “struggle between major and minor,” square with his views about absolute music?

I've been learning about the War of the Romantics, and I'm trying to understand Brahms's symphony. I've long seen what I recognize as literary techniques in Brahms's music. For example, in mvt. IV of ...
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Ending a measure in “and!”

I am transposing Nocturne Op.9 into 3/4 instead of 12/8. In one of the measures it counts one-and-a-two-and-a-three-and. I am not sure if this is allowed because I am self-taught. Is this OK or do I ...
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Is it possible to reduce a song written in chords into one with single notes

Suppose that you want to practice the memorization of your repertoire by humming the notes while you drive. You can only hum one note at a time, not chords. I suppose you could just play the root ...
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Help with understanding the theory behind this chord progression - James Blunt

I cannot find an answer to some of the chord relations that are present in this song, so any assistance would be great! Particularly in reference to the harmony and theory behind the progression. The ...
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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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Can you not Slur notes of the same pitch?

Is this true? I can't help but feel it is not? a slur does not connect two or more notes of the same pitch Source: https://easypianobasics.com/ties-and-slurs/ Kind of makes sense, you may wish ...
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triplet in tuplet

From this Tuplet explanation: A triplet: “three notes played in the normal duration of four”. But I could not verify this on couple of the music sheets and from entering notes using flat.io site. ...
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Rostropovich's description of the intrinsic “feeling” of the different musical keys

I remember reading on the record jacket of a recording by Mstislav Rostropovich of the Bach Cello suites, a description that Rostropovich gave to each of the musical keys. I remember it being ...
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Western Music Temperament

How did western music decided on 12 equal temperament instead of the other ones?(Like pentatonic etc...) Is there any historical aspect of it?
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Piano Exercises [closed]

I'm relatively new to the piano and have only been playing for 6 months. I've got the major/minor arpeggios and some basic songs down. Does anyone have any good books or exercises they recommend to ...
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What is a **Ruggiero** in music?

I have once heard this term Ruggiero in a discussion about a Baroque composition on the radio. I thought it could be this walking bass line of 4 notes we know so well from Bach's concertos: "so la ...
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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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How to make sense of music theory? [duplicate]

I am trying to get into music theory as a beginner, but I always get stuck right at the beginning. What I'm looking for in music theory is a set of tools to understand the composition of musical ...
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How to beam 16th notes in 6/4 and 3/2 times?

Somebody says that 16th notes in time 6/4 should be grouped by four. But if the beat is dotted minim, then I assume they should be grouped by 12. Which one is correct? I didn't find an example.
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Finally about different values of Acciaccatura (8th, 16th, 32th… grace notes)

I spent several days but didn't find a clear explanation on this topic, only blurry ones. It's logical to think that if the following note is, e.g., 16th note, then it's properly to use 16th ...
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Dominant 7 alt vs tritone sub

Why do we use Dominant 7th alt term. Because the dominant 7th alt is basically the tritone sub but with a natural and flat nine and flat five with the flat 5 in bass. I mean i guess g7alt is better ...
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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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What chord can go lower than E major (in standard tuning) [duplicate]

So I am trying to play a song that I believe is in open D tuning. In open D you can play the first chord without putting a finger on the guitar. However in standard tuning, the song is in E. You can ...
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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 is the music played in Gravity Falls (the scene where Bill Cipher hits the Mystery Shack)? [migrated]

What is the music played in Gravity Falls (the scene where Bill Cipher hits the Mystery Shack?. Shazam is too short to discover. No one in the comment section knew so I Guess I'd ask here.
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how to get a “desolate” sound?

example: Detroit people mover Squarepusher
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How to get that off-kilter feeling from sungazer?

Sungazers music has this beautiful off-kilter feeling to it and I hope to replicate it in my own music. How is this achieved? examples: ...
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By how much do I need to change pitch after changing the tempo of a track? [duplicate]

Let's say the song is at 122 bpm. And i want to decrease it by 10% to approximately 110 bpm. How much do I need to increase/decrease the pitch now to get back the original pitch of the song?
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How should I play two notes together on lines below the staff?

How should I play two notes together on lines below the staff?
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: 1) Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? 2) If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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What chord is this, is it quartal, and what's the theoretical mechanism that allows it to sound this way?

In "Figure it Out" by Allen Stone, at approximately the 1:35 mark (link), the pianist plays a chord that sounds very much like quartal harmony and/or something Herbie Hancock or Bill Evans might play. ...
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What is the term in theory/notation when you have notes played over a held note in the same hand?

eg. Liebestraum no. 3, right hand, bars 1 and 2. also Schubert Impromptu op. 90 no. 3 Lastly, any idea how this is achieved in Sibelius/Musescore? Thanks
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Barry harris 6th diminished borrowed notes

How does borrowed notes in barry harris 6th diminished harmony work? I have heard this mentioned many times but I am new to Barry Harris method and do not understand.
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The definition of scales in 53edo

The common division of the octave, 12edo, doesn't have a problem to define sharps and flats: [C] [C♯/D♭] [D] [D♯/E♭] [E] [F] [F♯/G♭] [G] [G♯/A♭] [A] [A♯/B♭] [B] Bold texts indicate black keys. ...

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