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What is the difference between a Musical Mashup and a DJ Mix?

The difference between them confuses me.
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How can I find a chord's root note?

I want to make some cool songs but I need one of the bass parts to sound almost the same as the main part (except lower and instead of chords I need a single note). I am very new to advanced music ...
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Name for a minor chord progression using primarilyy Am G F E (with D or Dm and C sometimes) [duplicate]

The "Walk Don't Run" chord progression goes Am G F E. Then has a bridge in C major. Am is the relative minor of C, so the verse is in A minor. became the three chords on which metal songs ...
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Is it a thing learning semantics/emotions of melodic/rhythmical intonations or harmonic progressions, not "music theory" per se?

I wonder if there were any deep analyses of this topic. It might be hard to explain what I mean. Here are my subjective observations with some thoughts: Starting with the keys: the key placement of a ...
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Writing out this syncopated rhythm

I am a novice guitar player and wanted to make sure I wrote out this syncopated rhythm correctly on the guitar. It doesn't seem to correspond with the online lesson I am doing, so your feedback or ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

I've been playing on and off for a couple of years and I want to write some riffs that don't sound like garbage, but as soon as I start trying to write something in a tuning besides standard it dawns ...
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

I am listening to Ballade pour Adeline for piano and specifically to this version on YouTube. After the quick introductory arpeggio, the main part starts with a dyad of G and E played with the right ...
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

I am learning chord notation and I noticed that the Wikipedia page does not mention any specific notation for a chord where the root is omitted. Omitting the root note seems to be quite commonplace, ...
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What are some effective warmups/excercices for open throat singing before actual singing or performance?

Soo, I am studying open throat singing to learn natural vibrato & control tension on my riff and runs/melisma... I don't know but when I try to do some open throat singing of which I followed on ...
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How to control riff and runs effortlessly? (Singing) (I'm bad at breath control)

Soo, I can do riff and runs nicely, cleanly separated but has bad control and very bad breath control (i think), i have tensions all over my body but not too much. Soo, I feel like I'm not prepared ...
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Equation to calculate the expected frequency of a natural harmonic at any location on the fretboard

On guitar you can play a "natural harmonic" by gently resting your finger directly over a fretwire and plucking the string. I am trying to determine the pattern to natural harmonics. I would ...
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How will and how to use singing vibrato help riff and runs especially with vocal runs note separation?

Soo I'm learning vibrato and I can do riff and runs but sometimes had bad separation.. I'm thinking that maybe somehow learning vibrato will help me but will it actually and how? I'm learning from ...
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Is there a ''mathematical'' reason for the distinction of black/white keys on a piano or is there only a cultural reason?

This question can be found in different forms on the internet and this website. Unfortunately, I am not satisfied with the given answers: They are partly even different from another. So please let me ...
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If whistle voice = super high headvoice, then can I use high falsetto to learn whistle note?

Soo I want to learn whistle tone, and I can do falsetto but not headvoice. I heard people say that whistle is super high headvoice, can I use falsetto instead in place of headvoice to learn whistle ...
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What are the frequencies of MIDI notes C4 / C3 = 60 Roland vs Yamaha [duplicate]

this question which had marked mine for duplicate, has nothing to do with frequencies, at least in the answers. the image shows frequencies but I'm not sure what that means which is why: I am confused ...
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Is there any nesting level of tuplets above which any tuplets can be rewritten with lower-level nested tuplets?

Tuplets can be nested. I read: In Dorico Pro, there is no limit to the number of levels you can have in nested tuplets This made me wonder: Is there any nesting level of tuplets above which any ...
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Confusion about overtones and a slow-motion video of a plucked string

Until now, I thought I understood the basic idea behind a "timbre" of a sound: The specific combination of overtones. For example, this waveshape illustrates a combination of the first ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The first four bars of the Bminor blues are Bm7 / Em7 / Bm7 / Bm7 What does the 7 mean? Does it indicate that the 7th note of the Bminor scale (A) needs to be included in the chord and the same for ...
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What's an easier way to separate the notes in a riff and runs?

So, I'm learning riff and runs and memorized major and minor scale. I happen to have a problem that my riff and runs are messy, so I followed this tutorial: Which is ...
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Can a monophonic melody have harmony?

I'm analysing a piece from the Traditional Songs of the Maori by Margaret Orbell and Mervyn McLean. Can such a piece with a monophonic melody have harmony?
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Learning Piano/Keyboard

I started 1 year ago learning keyboard -the method being Full chord with prominence for melody note with right hand , and left hand with root note ( with fixing last finger on tonic note ). For eg: if ...
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Is there a way to sing actual clear, nice two notes? (Polyphonic overtone singing)

So I found this two video On polyphonic overtone singing, I'm just wondering is there a way to actually sing good two notes that doesn't ...
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What are these numbers like "6 5" that are stacked on each other below the bass staff in a sheet of music?

This is for piano. What are the '6' and '5' that are stacked on each other at the bottom?
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Why should tritones not be counted from "both ends"

In compiling an interval-class vector (where an interval class is an ascending interval less-than-or-equal-to one tritone), it seems that tritones should be counted (ascending) from both ends of that ...
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Anyone knows how this rare "angelic" headvoice/falsetto is achieved? (Edit) [closed]

So I randomly scrolled Youtube and found this cover: At 1.06, I'm wondering.. how is this "angelic" head voice achieved? If it's just airy/breathy head voice, ...
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I can generally sing on-key, but I fear that I'll sing off key in front of the audience. What should I do?

So I've been wondering that: I can generally sing a song with correct pitches (is it called on-key singing? Sorry, english is not my first language) without guide melody on home. But throughout my ...
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What is a negative harmony? [duplicate]

What is a negative harmony? I've just stumbled upon this video and was quite puzzled by it. At first I thought it would be the tune simply reversed, that is, like what you get when you play it back in ...
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Is 4th interval found at 3rd overtone?

I am reading an entry book titled Music Theory: From Beginner to Expert by Nicholas Carter. He says that Perfect 4th is found at 3rd overtone at a frequency of Fundamental note + P5 + P4(which is a ...
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Can we shift the diatonic scale "one fifth" to the left?

The seven-note Pythagorean scale is obtain by completing the cycle of fifths until we get to the eighth fifth. The diatonic scale is obtained by starting with the fourth and then running the cycle of ...
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3:1 (or 1:3) interval, does it exist ? How to perform it from a C?

Given that a composed sound is composed of a fundamental frequency and its harmonics (multiples of the fundamental), we could easily image that a pitch (with a fundamenal frequency f) is played and ...
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Song structure in classical music vs EDM

I've been playing piano for a few of months, and of the couple of pieces I know, neither of them are particularly repetitive. I mean they definitely have repetition, but much less so than EDM (...
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Can a key signature express Phrygian mode (not just major or minor)?

Relative modes share the same note. I was told the key signature could mean either major or minor. But can it not also mean the other five modes like Phrygian, Locrian, etc.?
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Why does it sound so weird? (Beethoven quartet)

Why does the first A# of the tetrachord of fugal development in op. 131, no. 7, m. 114 cello sound so weird? Is it because of the false relation with B?
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How are dotted eighth-sixteenth note patterns counted in compound meter?

As someone who was taught to count compound meter like this: How would this system count the following patterns whilst still keeping the beat on the dotted quarter note?
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What does "gets the beat" mean?

When learning music theory, I keep hearing the terminology of, for example, a quarter note in a piece of music in 4/4 time "getting the beat". What exactly does this mean?
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Practice the Beats and Tempos in Franz Liszt Consolations No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major, S.172 [duplicate]

In Franz Liszt Consolations No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major, S.172, let us call the quarter note as one beat. Thue the eight note is 1/2 beat. The tuplet note (hat 3) is 1/3 beat. We see the right-...
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Term for a harmony that's always above the melody, but just enough to be in chord?

Is there a term for a harmony that always resembles the next-closest note above the melody that is in chord (not just in key)? A friend of mine always does that when improvising a harmony and she ...
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Tempo comparison

I'm learning basic music theory, and I have a naive question: Does a song with "100 quarter note beats per minute" have a pulse that is slower than one with "80 half note beats per ...
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Can 1 beat = 1 eighth note instead of 1 quarter note?

I'm learning basic music theory. I see that 1 beat = 1 quarter note, but I'm wondering if this rule is strict or can it be modified. Can 1 beat = 1 eighth note instead of 1 quarter note?
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What is the meaning of the affixed paragraph on Sharps?

I am having a doubt with regard to the below portion of a textbook I am studying. I am new to music theory and therefore, the doubt that I have might sound trivial. But, Kindly help. It says that when ...
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How did minor 2nd get its name?

In the natural, or harmonic or melodic minor scale, we do not find the minor 2nd note which is rather found in Phrygian or Locrian Mode, or maybe Ionian#1. Then why is this note called minor 2nd if it ...
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What is a scale consisting of Root, m3, M3, P4, P5, M6, m7 called?

In a chord progression that follows a circle-of-fourths pattern with each chord being a dominant 7 chord (each chord is R, M3, 5, m7), each successive pair of chords contains 7 notes, with one shared ...
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The root of augmented triad according to Hindemith

In Hindemith's book The craft of musical composition. Book 1, Theoretical part, he says that (p. 97) The lower tone of a third or a seventh (in the absence of any better interval) is the root of the ...
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How to modulate from A minor to C minor? [duplicate]

I have one bar in a film score to go from A minor to C minor and have no clue how to do it! Plese help
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Why does Cmaj7 and Emaj7 sound good (or a name to describe this progression)?

I have an extremely limited understanding of theory, and from what I currently understand, chords will sound good together if they share a common key/scale (e.g. for C major scale, the chords that ...
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What is the difference in playing a mode in key vs in sequence?

So I got more serious about guitar recently and I learned the major scale and all of the modes. My question is, what is the difference, assuming you’re in the key of G major, in playing A Dorian, and ...
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Help required for beginner!

I am learning to play the piano and read music; I have only just started and so I apologise upfront if the question I am about to ask is a completely dumb one. I was skimming through some sheet music ...
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What is covered in music GCSE?

I'm picking my GCSE options next month and I am considering music. Does anyone know what is covered in it and also what makes up the final GCSE grade?
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Is a whole note always one bar long, regardless of the time signature? [duplicate]

I found conflicting information about this online. I am only familiar with 4/4, nothing else. So, I was wondering if a whole note always one bar long, regardless of the time signature? Or is it longer ...
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In Organum and Species Counterpoint why is one of the voices always in whole notes?

Edit: It was pointed out to me that counterpoint spawned from the Organum style of music. For more context, here’s information from two sources I just read. “Two styles of Organum existed during this ...
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