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Are weird chord types a byproduct of improvising and sound?

They’re not really weird chords. They represent artistic evolution. There was a time when,say, using chords from melodic minor harmony was controversial. Just as Impressionistic art was ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

If you're composing or improvising music in A minor, one way to break the relationship to the relative major is to slip out of that natural minor mode into the melodic and harmonic minor. Consider ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

We already have good answers, and an accepted one, but it's a good question that's asked often in different ways, so I'll add one more perspective. Many modes like C Ionian, A Aeolian, and D Dorian ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

All the other answers give excellent information on solidifying the Aeolian mode, but there is one thing they don't mention. Your biggest challenge will be to avoid accidentally slipping into C Ionian....
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

I'm not sure about modern modal uses but the problem of having a minor key composition drift into the relative major has been known for some time (maybe 500 years or so). There are some techniques for ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

There are in fact many pieces which move in and out of C Ionian and A Aeolian. It's the way music sometimes works. And one of the reasons the key signatures are the same. We tend to define the key of ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

There are two principle idea you need to learn about. The tonic as the center of tonality in music. The difference between keys in the major/minor system, key signatures, and modes. The tonic is ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

Yes, the 2 modes contain the same tones. But the structure of the melodies in C compared with Am and the functions of the homechord are quite different. Like Tim says it seems you ask how to ...
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What do you call a lightweight version of a chorus inside or between verses?

Although the term isn't as common in a musical context as it is in a literary one, what I hear is a foreshadowing of the chorus to come.
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What should I know before stepping into orchestral/ fantasy music composition?

The main thing you should know is that 1. Many of the greatest musical pieces and also texts about how to do four part harmony are in the public domain. If you're willing to search for it, you can ...
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Notation for rapid diminuendo

If you really want silence at the end, then the last beat should be a dotted eighth followed by a small rest. In addition, as a string player, I would need more specific instructions for the ...
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What should I know before stepping into orchestral/ fantasy music composition?

You don’t have to know anything in particular, you could dive in and learn from your mistakes. Some things that would be very helpful to know are: Orchestration Polyphony, homophony, etc. ...
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Notation for rapid diminuendo

The Italian word 'niente' is usually used for 'nothing'. So you write "al niente" or "𝆓n". "𝆓ø" is often used instead of "𝆓n". According to Elaine Gould's ...
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Notation for rapid diminuendo

"ppp" (piano pianissimo) is not "silence", only somewhat close to it. I would go with #3 - if you want silence, then say so.
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Notation for rapid diminuendo

The amount of annotation you can put in does of course depend on how much horizontal space you have in this bar (this can drastically limit the amount of ps you might put there). Writing molto dim ...
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How do I Modulate a scale that doesn’t exist?

Do you want your new scale to have a clear tonic? That is, do you want your scale to 'start on' C in particular? You should decide this before you write your modulation, because one of the main roles ...
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How do I Modulate a scale that doesn’t exist?

The general answer is that you can use one of the techniques listed in How many types of modulation are there?. You needn't think of your "non-existent" scale as anything special in terms of ...
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How could I get my Classical Music Compositions published and known?

I know where you're coming from. It very difficult to get your classical music released. Fortunately, I have my own studio and play most of the instruments, so I don't need an orchestra. I do it all ...
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