Questions tagged [theory]

For questions about how music works, seeking to identify structures and patterns in music. Used to indicate questions about musical concepts and structures, as opposed to techniques and execution.

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Do all fundamental frequencies have 1 anti-node and 2 nodes

Given any musical instrument, when a note is played on the instrument, does the fundamental have only one node and 2 antinodes (Theoretically fundamental frequencies should have half wavelength)? If ...
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Cmajor11(#13) same as C(dominant)11?

I was learning about extension chords where I stumbled upon a question: if we play Cmajor11(sharp 13), wouldn't that have the note B flat which is supposed to be there in dominant chord? Shouldn't ...
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What are the degrees of a pentatonic scale called?

Given the ideas that: Diatonic Scales have the scale degree names tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, submediant, & leading. These correspond to the 1st through the 7th degree ...
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What comprises effective writing about the style and characteristics of a single musical work? [closed]

For those of you who were confused with my previous questions, here is the assignment sheet given to us by my music teacher. I'm very confused with the preamble and what exactly to include because &...
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How to play Ending (1-bar) using keyboard?

What does Ending (1-bar) mean? How to interpret and play this in an electronic keyboard? Does that mean the when the ending button is pressed, the default ending music should complete within a bar?
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How to write a string quartet

I have major problems with writing for the string quartet. I have studied 4-part-writing for some time now, but I still have very little clue about how to expand from the basic chorale texture, where ...
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Does this song have a key, and if so, what is it? [closed]

I'm writing a song where the notes do not align to any particular key. The way it works is this Chord 1 leads to Chord 2. Chord 2 leads to chord 3 but Chord 3 does not have to relate to Chord 1. Chord ...
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What are your techniques to research music basics signs, theory and for sheet music?

There are many questions about music basics, scales, keys, signs, harmony, chords etc. which could be answered by own researches if people had better strategies for searching. This is because they don'...
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Understanding the Construction of minor7 Chords on Guitar

I was watching a tutorial for Viceroy by Mac DeMarco with the following chord construction for a C#minor7 chord with the capo on the second fret: I was confused by this chord construction considering ...
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How does this chord work in the progression?

So, if you're playing in a major key, say C major, and you play a I IV V chord progression but before you go to the V you play a bVI7 chord. So, C Major, F Major, Ab7, G Major. How come the Ab7 has ...
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How many note(s) are equal to six eighth notes? [closed]

How many note(s) are equal to six eighth notes? plz I need help
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How to argue that it might be a good idea for a composition to follow music theory more closely? [closed]

So I'm a cabaret composer and have been studying music for quite some time. I have a band including myself, an accordionist, and a guitarist. I've been writing progressions and parts for everyone, ...
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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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The theory of song by deadmau5 ft. Rob Swire - Ghosts 'n' Stuff

I've wondered about the theory concerning a number of specific songs containing octave harmony - but one song in particular raises an interesting question. What exactly is happening in the chorus of ...
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What and how much to practice as a composer

I'm striving to better my music composition skills, but I'd also like to improve my piano skills since I like it and I think I am not a very good practical musician. The problem is, though, that I can'...
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How can one analyze the chord progression from “Your Affection (from Persona 4 soundtrack)” by Shoji Meguro?

I've been listening to Persona 4 soundtrack by Shoji Meguro recently, and soon got hooked on a song called "Your Affection". It's a J-pop song whose catchy chorus intrigued me with a ...
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Self-teaching theory resources for someone who has been playing for a while. (Guitar) [closed]

Sorry for the stupid question, but for the past year and a half, I have been playing a lot of guitar on Rocksmith, and personally, I have really been enjoying it, since guitar was just a hobby for me ...
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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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Function of augmented-fifth in figured bass

What is the harmonic function of the 5+ in the figured bass in the following snippet? If I have interpreted the figuring correctly, a F♯ figured 5+ should realise the triad F♯ A C𝄪. I am confused ...
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Is there a database of musical pieces / songs with music theory analysis? [closed]

Basically what I am looking for is the answer to the question: Why do I love this song? As someone that knows almost nothing about music theory, I would like to learn the subject by example. I want ...
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Are there folk music families, analogous to language families?

A language family is a group of languages related through descent from a common ancestral language or parental language, called the proto-language of that family. The term "family" reflects ...
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What's the difference with this 'cross-staff' notation? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see this cross-staff notation. I'm not even 100% sure cross-staff is the right word for it. The two sets of half notes are joined on both clefs. They are identical but what's the ...
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Do we have any better/richer framework for understanding rhythm and timbre?

A large chunk of music has been made in the last 50+ years that largely cannot be analysed (in any meaningful way) via notes, focused instead on variations on repetition/timbre/rhythm/dynamics/etc. ...
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Name it Dm6 or Bdim?

I was trying to figure out what chord some melody is based on , and the problem is I can't name it. It is like Dm6 without 5th. And also it could be Bdim. It consists of D,B,F And the note D is on ...
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Can you help me analyze this chord progression? [closed]

This is kind of embarrassing, but when I write songs on guitar I tend to not focus too much on the key and just play what sounds good. I've figured out that my verse and chorus are in Emin, but I ...
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Songwriting and improvisation HowTos

Are there any actual rules of how to write music? I mean there're guides everywhere in the Internet like "so you have scale, shapes of scale, chord progression over scale - let's go, do whatever ...
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Does Schoenberg or Glenn Gould have a point? Does a great deal of music remain to be written in C major?

There's a great interview online where Glenn Gould talks about Stravinsky and Schoenberg (circa 1960). His comments about Stravinsky certainly haven't aged well but nonetheless, he does make some ...
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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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How to recognize harmonic intervals?

I've been doing some ear training, I'm quite at ease when recognizing melodic intervals, whether they are ascending or descending intervals, yet when it comes to harmonic intervals, I don't know how ...
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Music theory - secondary dominants

Do i still have to use 1st inversion when using secondary diminished triads or sevenths? I've been watching some videos but it didn't go over this.
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How do you explain this Db7 (functional harmony) in “There will never be another you”?

I'm analysing this Jazz Standard. And it's quite straightforward with some major and minor II-V cadences here and there yet there is a chord I don't know how to explain, and it is that Db7 indicated ...
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Fitting chords to the opening phrase of the Toccata (and Fugue) in D Minor BWV 565?

What are some of the acceptable ways to harmonize the first one and a half bars of BWV 565? In particular, what are some of the chords that would fit on the the opening A? Neither i nor V seems to fit ...
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How do I learn how to accompany with Piano [closed]

I've been long time sheet music reader and I've recently switched to chord sheets in desperate pursuit of improving my musicianship. I've always wanted to reach a level where can arrange and ...
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What is a 7th chord and why is it important?

What is a 7th chord and why is it important? I keep seeing it over and over again and I don't understand why it's important?
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Is there any evidence that humans perceive meter using a metrical grid?

I have been perusing Ray Jackendoff and Fred Lerdahl's book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. In this book, they propose some rules for meter and one of their assumptions is basically that musical ...
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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

The ukulele, much like the recorder and kazoo, is an instrument that is commonly associated with lower-quality performances, amateurism, and a rejection of formal music education. Are there historical ...
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What is this five-note, repeating bass pattern called?

I'm looking for examples of this repeating pattern as a bass. Not these specific notes, but what is it called when you have five notes played quickly and many times?
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Are inversions for making bass-lines nice and prolonging functions?

I'm taking notes on chord inversions in common-practice period music and I noticed that the four categories of inversions (well, 6/4 chords at least) suggest 2 different purposes: a) making bass lines ...
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What if we had six note names in notation instead of seven? [closed]

I have a naïve question, but this has been bothering me for a while now. Wouldn't it be simpler and more convenient to have 6 note names instead of 7? So we basically have the same 12 notes but ...
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Why is 3/4 called “simple triple” if we can divided the beats by more than 2?

As I understand it, the terms duple, triple, quadruple, etc refer to the number of beats in the measure. So if my measure is divided into 3 beats, then I'd be in triple meter. For example, X: 1 M: 3/4 ...
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Why are there chords that aren't a third away form the root considered chromatic mediants?

For example, take a C chord. One of the requirements for a chord to be a chromatic mediant is that it is a major/minor third away from the root. So why are chords like Cm, Fm, C♯ and F♯ considered ...
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How to choose chords for chromatic melody?

I've been listening to a lot of impressionistic and avant-garde jazz music lately. When choosing chords in a tonal, diatonic concept, the formula is somewhat clear to me. If it's a note in the scale, ...
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What note is this and How many counts does this note get in 2/4 time?

What note is this and how many counts does this note get in 2/4 time? How do you count this rhythm?
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How to compose better chromatic harmony

I've been composing for a couple of years and I have a pretty good understanding of how to choose chords for melody in a diatonic context. However, when I try to introduce some quirky elements to my ...
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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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For the chord C7 (specifically!), why do you write Bb and not A#?

For the chord C7 (specifically!), why do you write B♭ and not A♯?
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When to use # (sharp) or b (flat) on notes in chords within the c major or a minor scale? [duplicate]

For example, the chord C7 contain the notes C E G Bb. Why is it that Bb is not a A# in this case? The circle of fifths is very helpful for building different chords within all the other scales but ...
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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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