12 votes
Accepted

What is it called when a song starts sounding like the beat is in one place, but is actually somewhere else?

There is an idea called "turning the beat around", which involves establishing a sense of meter but then "revealing (or changing) the real meter" later on. This is not uncommon in ...
  • 62.4k
5 votes

What is the term for swapping parts in a harmony?

You may be looking for the term voice exchange. A voice exchange occurs when the pitches being sung or played by two parts are switched. For example, if a bass is singing a C while a soprano sings an ...
  • 80.3k
5 votes
Accepted

Would anyone be able to help name this progression?

There's no name for this progression, but there is a name for the harmonic concept that it demonstrates. These three chords point towards G major. And in G major, the seventh chord built on C is Cmaj7....
  • 80.3k
4 votes

Would anyone be able to help name this progression?

It's a variation of the stock ii-V-I progression that underpins so much popular music. If it ends a phrase, the last two chords form a perfect cadence (or whatever people call a V-I cadence in your ...
  • 81.3k
3 votes
Accepted

What is the term for when a song switches to a wall of sound, often with a rising chromatic scale, and often found at the end of a song?

These could be in line with what Brad Osborn coined "terminally climactic forms" in this article. He states that a TCF is not a chorus but a single, thematically independent section placed ...
  • 80.3k
3 votes
Accepted

Is there proper terminology for the fundamental elements / layers of a drum beat?

The backbeat is the only widely used term for a layer of (or role within) a drum groove that I'm aware of. In most popular music, this role is filled by the snare drum. In jazz, it's filled by the ...
  • 2,270
3 votes

What is the difference between an auxiliary chord and a chromatic chord?

Auxiliary chord An auxiliary chord is a chord formed by the presence of one or more auxiliary notes. An auxiliary note is a note that is not part of the primary harmony, but which connects notes ...
  • 62.4k
2 votes

The nature of rhyme in _Surrender_?

There is this common misconception that anything poetic and lyric must rhyme. Consider this: The whole corpora of latin ecclesiastic music does not use any end rhyme. In fact end rhyme as stylistic ...
  • 5,991
1 vote

What is it called when a song starts sounding like the beat is in one place, but is actually somewhere else?

The Gestalt concept comes to mind - although that generally deals with visual ideas, such as the well-known 'Rubin's vase'. That's as close as we can get with the brain being fooled into thinking ...
  • 178k
1 vote

What is the difference between an auxiliary chord and a chromatic chord?

Auxiliary chords don't exist as such. There are auxiliary notes, but they don't constitute chords. Auxiliary notes are non-chord notes, in between chord tones - as in chord C major - CEG, the aux. ...
  • 178k
1 vote

What are 'modal rhythm' and 'mensural rhythm'?

Modal rhythm used note linkage to indicate length. Various patterns of notes indicated how to play the following notes. Mensural rhythm used note forms (minim, breve, semibreve, etc.); using like 2 ...
  • 23.4k
1 vote

Is there a term for chords like F/G and C/D?

We used to abbreviate them as ‘sus’ chords. F/G = Gsus
  • 11

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible