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Questions tagged [theory]

For questions about of how music works, seeking to identify structures and patterns in music.

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What is partimento?

Could not find a good explanation of what partimento is. I would like to know more. I only found you tube compositions. I understand it has something to do with counterpoint? Please help :-)
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Writing E♭ Chromatic Scale in E♭ Major

For theory practice, I am being asked to write the E♭ Chromatic Scale in the key of E♭ Major. I've learned that it is generally advised to use sharps on the way up and flats on the way down. ...
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The function of the opening chords of Love is Here to Stay by Gershwin

I was interested to know the function of the opening chords of the standard "(Our) Love is Here to Stay". It opens with a G7, Gm, C7, F. I was intrigued by the surprise of the G7 to Gm. Is this a ...
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Mozart scale run with #5 and #1?

Can somebody please explain why Mozart used(or why do they work/what is their purpose/function) this 2 notes : #5 and #1 in this scale run from his Clarinet Concerto in A ??? Thank you very much
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Pieces of music with the same “structure” give the same feeling? Can anybody “learn to create it” by analyzing it? [closed]

I like the type of music which gives me determination and this "I can do it." feeling and I noticed that every one of this type of music has the same "structure" or "pitch movement". I don't talk ...
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Are there technical names for accidentals? [duplicate]

Are there technical names for non-natural notes? By technical name, I mean tonic, supertonic, etc. For example in C, would B♭ be just be called flat leading note (or sharp submediant) or is there ...
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Why is the whole note used as reference for “note length”

We have a whole note, and then half note, quarter note, eighth, etc. I am wondering, why is it that way? If we think in term of beat, then the quarter note is the reference: there are 2 eighth note in ...
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Find the proper sound / instrument for background (layer)?

I'm currently trying to compose some dungeon synth song. I like them and most of the time they use (very) simple melodies, so I thought this would be a perfect way to practice and develop my skills. ...
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How to rewrite this rhythm from common time to 12/8 time?

How might one go about rewriting the following rhythm into a time signature of 12/8? I initially figured we could just notate each set of beamed eighth-notes with 4:6 above them to indicate that four ...
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Question of putting Roman Numerals on a chord sequence I have

I only have a little knowledge of music theory and was unable to work out how to use roman numerals to denote a chord sequence of one of my old tunes which starts in Fm. I have listed the chord ...
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Diminished Intervals - does a double diminished interval exist?

I'm doing practise questions for an upcoming test, and I have to name an interval from E to G double flat. Would that be a double diminished third? I'm not sure what to call it. Also if I invert it ...
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Seconds in a chord

Maybe someone knows about what means the “seconds” in a chord. I ask because I hear tha a person suggest to avoid “seconds” when you write music sheets for a guitar, because they are complex for a ...
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Does learning too much theory have diminishing returns? [closed]

I've been constantly asking questions here for around two years now, 138 to be exact, roughly 1-2 questions a week, and I really appreciate the help I've received by many of the people here. This ...
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Rewrite binary to shuffle

some years ago I made a pimped version of the christmas song "Tommorrow, Children, We´ll Rejoice" for my daughter (Cello). Now both of us made some progress in learning our instruments (I´m learning ...
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Are any keyboard methods or music theory concepts based on keyboard mirror symmetry?

About a year ago I noticed there is a kind of mirror symmetry on the piano keyboard regarding the shape/distance of the black and white keys when starting at C major and then chromatically descending ...
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How is speed change notated

This is a very beginner question as I am a complete beginner. How is change in speed during a song notated in standard notation? Is it done by changing the time signature for each measure that has a ...
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I have a musical phrase… so what do I do next?

So a friend of mine gave me a little musical phrase and I'm stumped as to what exactly I should do with it. Here's said phrase: How do I find the implied key signature and the implied chord ...
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What is the chord containing C, D, F#?

Its inversion "D F# C" appeared in the 10th measure of the Prelude in C Major(BWV 846). Seems like a usual triad, but I just can't fit it into pattern of any triad. Its most possible basic form of ...
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Can someone help me understand this chord progression?

I've been jamming around with a chord progression that goes D F#m C(b5) Bm The odd chord out is the C(b5), but my ear likes the tension-resolution is creates to end on the Bm. I know there's no "...
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Multiple Bars of Different Additive Rythms

Greetings and Salutations, Potential Saviors. In a piece I write, which is generally notated in 8/8 (3+3+2) time, there is a 3-bar phrase that, if combined, is equal to 16/8. BUT the way this part ...
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Does chord type(major or minor) remains the same for common chord progressions irrespective of any mode or scale?

I am very new to even the basic concepts of music theory so there might be something inherently wrong in my question but here it is, There are some common chords progressions which are denoted by the ...
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Harmonic/Melodic Minor in Keys? [duplicate]

How does one find the key to a scale like harmonic minor, or is out of key?
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E# note in the D# Major scale. What does it mean?

I've been having this doubt for a quite a while and haven't been able to find a satisfying answer. Is the 'E#' note technically an F? If so, why does it not exist on the chromatic scale like other ...
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Tips For Modulation Needed

I'm a "beginning" composer (not very good yet, but I know basic theory), and an orchestral song I'm writing will require modulation from Bb minor to a "related" major--in this case, Bb or Eb. I have ...
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How do I use the Omnibus Progression to Modulate from I to iv?

I am composing a piece in which there is a modulation between the keys of Db major and F# minor. Is it possible to use the omnibus progression to smoothly execute this modulation? If it is possible, ...
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What is the musical form of Kamasi Washington's “Truth”? [closed]

I'm pretty new to music theory, so I have been analyzing songs I enjoy for practice. I thought I was getting decent at it, but the length and complexity of this song has been giving me some trouble. ...
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Why is this note in C7+9?

I’m reading the jazz piano book and I can’t see how the upper c flat note has a place in the C7+9 chord. The ninth note on the C major scale is a d so +9 would be d# not c flat = b Or am I wrong?
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Is there a term for when a soloist plays a passage, followed by the tutti repeating it?

I was listening to Weber's Turandot Overture. A flute (or piccolo?) plays a theme, and then the entire orchestra plays the same thing. Is there a name for this?
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Modus Vetus in a Semester?

I was wondering if I can do all 18 chapters of modus vetus in 16 weeks. About 6 days per each chapter. Also, what do you think of Elementary Training for Musicians in tandem? It is 11 chapters and ...
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Notes in an A13 chord

Does an A13 chord include the 11th? Here's why I'm asking... If you google this chord for piano, sometimes the third (C#) is omitted and sometimes the 11th (D) is omitted -- but sometimes they are ...
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How long does ad lib. sim. last

I have a piece of (bass guitar) music with some repeats in it, and a direction "last time ad lib. sim.". For how long should this direction remain active? Until the end of the bar? The end of the ...
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What are all the chord qualities?

I am working on some chord sorting algorithms right now, I was requested to add an algorithm that is capable to sort chords by chord quality, so afaik there are only major, minor, diminished, or ...
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What's the easiest way to add bass notes to a melody on guitar? [closed]

I want to play a song on guitar, but I can't find its tab, so I'm transcribing the melody from piano notes. Now I want to add bass notes to certain parts of the melody to make it sound better. What's ...
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F7 -> A7 -> Bb7 -> A7 what kinda progression is it

I am trying to understand the first couple of bars from Hancock's Driftin. How should I interpret it ? If I look at it as a F major then what is the function of A7 there ? Here is a link for the ...
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How should one describe that some solfege notes rhyme?

How should one describe that some solfege notes rhyme or perhaps share the same role? The two examples are do and so (I and V) and mi and ti (III and VII). C D E F G A B (...
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What’s the voice leading error?

I am looking for a voice leading error or chord construction error in this example but can’t seem to find one. Any pointers would be great!
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What is the progression from A minor to F minor called?

I'm a beginner piano player and theorist and played around on the piano and came across this progression from Am to Fm which has a very grim and black metalesque/dungeon synthy sound. I couldn't find ...
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What are Secondary Mediants / Submediants?

I'm learning about secondary dominants and noticed references to secondary mediants and secondary submediants in a resource (Wikipedia). However, I haven't found any other references to them in ...
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Ride Cymbal in notation Sibelius

Hello I have this notation: Notation But someone told me that is wrong notated the ride cymbal and is incorrect. And that must be notated of the G space above the staff. Can someone tell me ...
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Is there a term for when a lyric is sung and then an instrument (sound) is played to mimic the lyric?

Is there a term for when a phrase in a song, i.e., "shivers down my spine" as in Bohemian Rhapsody, after that phrase is sung, a tinkling or some kind of sound is made with an instrument, to mimic "...
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Does a walking bass line usually consist of chord tones?

Do we define a walking bass by it consisting of mainly chord tones? So it's just a skeleton of a chord progression? What if it wasn't just chord tones, would it still be considered a walking bass line ...
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Walking bass line or counterpoint?

I was watching this video where a guy plays Super Mario Bros 2 Overworld theme. I was wondering if at 0:17s is this a walking bass line or is this counterpoint? and how do you know?
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Playing All Guitar Notes With a MIDI File

I'm trying to do this: 1. I open FL Studio to play all 88 keys of a piano. 2. FL Studio's Piano Roll begins with C0 which is two octave below C1 of a real piano. 3. So you have to go from C2 up to C9 ...
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Example of Partimento for improvisation?

I was watching this video about improvisation on partimento. In the video in the bottom I see terms such as Parstorella, Clausula ottocento, Scalino 7.1, Phantom Lancia, Queiscenza 1. What are those ...
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Can one be too old to learn an instrument?

I own a guitar. I've owned it since I was about 13, but never really got into it because I was a spiteful teen who wanted to play the drums, and went out of my way to play the drums instead (to the ...
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Naming convention for sheet music?

As far as I can tell there are two different types of sheet music/tablature (there are most likely a whole lot more variations, but for my purposes) where one type aims to let you play your instrument ...
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In a rhythm, what word best describes the duration of an on/off beat cycle?

I'm writing some software that composes drum-lines. I'm looking for a word that describes the lowest unique combination of down- and up-beats. Eg: Let's say the following are quarter notes: (Disco ...
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Why don’t we use the term “scale signature”, rather than “key signature”?

This would avoid the confusion to some, of saying that the key/mode of A dorian has a key signature of G. I’m all for making things clearer for people learning music. If a piece is in D dorian, I ...
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Geometric Voice Leading Presentation

I'm coming from a non-academic background and just trying to understand the rules of voice leading for pursuing a future composing career. I've always found difficulties in understanding this topic on ...
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Odd and Even Harmonic Theory [closed]

I've been thinking of ways to harmonize melodies. One of my ways is to not think in terms of the seven diatonic chords, but to just think of in terms of "odd chords" and "even chords". Let's say we ...