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why does this descending whole-tone chord progression work?

It’s a sequence descending by whole step, so it’s easy for the ear to follow. There is a consistent repeating pattern in both melody and harmony — that’s why sequences are effective in general — with ...
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Notes not in key

My answer just presents the info already in the other answers, but in a "process order" that might help people beginning to learn about keys and key signatures. The OP's tones are: A A♯ C D ...
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Why does G# sound right when my melody is in C major?

If I'm not mistaken, your melody is in A harmonic minor. If the leading note is shifted up one semitone then it is a harmonic minor scale.
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Notes not in key

I'm not sure if the flats are sharps or visa versa. The clue that the "black" notes are flats in this case is that you have two kinds of A (A and A♯) but no kind of B. If you change the A♯ ...
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Notes not in key

We can't actually tell much just by knowing the notes that are used. Most music is in a key, and most of that music is either major or minor. (Some music is in no key, and some is in other "modes&...
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Notes not in key

There is no rule whatsoever stating that notes must belong to a particular key. I would love to know how this myth is getting perpetuated! Perhaps it's for beginners, to keep them on the straight and ...
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Notes not in key

If you like the sound of the song as it is, then that is the way the song is. But some flats instead of sharps probably would make sense. This is your row of notes: A A♯ C D D♯ F F♯ G Note that not ...
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Why did Mozart only write two symphonies in a minor key?

It wasn't just Mozart. It was the musical era. Classical style involved, among other things, more works composed in major, rather than minor, keys. I think part of the reason is the evolution of ...
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Is there a way to describe this type of non-functional music?

I’m not aware of a technical term to describe this type of repetitious non-functional harmonic progression. It cerriainly is not unique. There are actually a lot of other 2 chord songs but most of ...
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Is there a way to describe this type of non-functional music?

The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, WA referred to Scott Moulton's music as "mellow acoustic guitar" ("Dying Musician Found Harmony", Aug. 23, 1995). I did a YouTube search for "...
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