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Pentatonic and Chinese tradition - what I am getting wrong?

Sixteenth-century Chinese music theorists were apparently the first to calculate 12-tone equal temperament with high precision, so they must have known that equal temperament was a fairly close ...
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Why does this Roman numeral chord have a ♯ prefix?

When analyzing a piece in a minor key, the VI chord is presumed to be on the 6 native to that key (signature), while the vii is presumed to be raised. Since the 6 in melodic minor is raised, its triad ...
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Pentatonic and Chinese tradition - what I am getting wrong?

A pentatonic scale has five notes. Once you have establisehed five notes by whichever method you choose then you stop and repeat those notes in the other octaves. If you keep adding notes by your ...
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Fuzzy notes or some clearer, well-known term out there for what I mean?

EDIT for use case: When I use it later or when I change the scale that "reigns" the first occurrence of the motif, which may be its naming definition together, it cannot normaly adapt to ...
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Fuzzy notes or some clearer, well-known term out there for what I mean?

A subset of notes is a 'scale'. The notes within that scale are 'diatonic' to that scale. But, beware. Scales, modes etc. are a framework but not a restriction. Music departs from them ALL the time,...
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Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor Scales RH and LF correspondence, does one choice make more sense musically than another?

TL;DR: Scroll down to the final sentence. You're correct that, played literally and at speed, it's not going to matter. The difference will be so subtle and momentary so as to be indistinguishable. ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using 12 letters for the musical notes, instead of 7 letters with sharps/flats?

All of the comments your question has attracted lead you to the tradition and logic behind the 7 letter system and they are all valid. After all, in a nutshell, a typical scale is 7 notes and there is ...
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Fuzzy notes or some clearer, well-known term out there for what I mean?

I tried my best to understand your question, but as others have noted it's not immediately clear what you want. One way of notating things would be to first create the mapping like this, which ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The 7 in a chord name means to include the major or minor seventh above the chord's root. A 7 by itself means the minor seventh, an M7 or "triangle"7 means the major seventh; thus, a four-...
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Fuzzy notes or some clearer, well-known term out there for what I mean?

If you want a term that musicians understand, then I would use "chromatic alteration." And "alteration" might hold the key to a better understanding of what's going on. Instead of ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor Scales RH and LF correspondence, does one choice make more sense musically than another?

You don't have to over think it it is the 30 some notes in the time of the four notes in the bass. As long as all those notes are played in the time it takes to play the bass notes the rhythm is ...
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Does the starting note for a song have to be the starting note of its scale?

Ok, one thing is not mentioned in the other answers i believe, so I am quickly add this: A song might very likely start with the tonic chord, where the bass note is the tonic (1st scale degree) or ...
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Major chords on bass guitar

I'm asking as I am trying to come up with a bassline for 'Boomerang' by the Plain White T's as I can only find guitar chords for this and not bass tab. One important point: "guitar chords" ...
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Major chords on bass guitar

TL;DR: there is a huge amount of bass playing to do before you need to look at scales at all. Learning a scale pattern isn't going to hurt, but hearing and knowing chord tones is more important. Asin ...
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