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How to determine the timing of multi-note appoggiaturas?

Double or triple grace appoggiaturas have no fixed duration.
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How do you know if a song has triplets in 4/4 or if the tempo is 3/4?

We must also consider - although different options always available - where we want the downbeat (accent) to be placed. So in this example in the 4/4 time the emphasis will be on the 1st note of the ...
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Can you not Slur notes of the same pitch?

I would conclude, that it depends on the context, that is: if the notes are different pitch it is always a slur; Otherwise, if there are measures in which is a slur, it definitively is a slur, ...
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Different modes of pentatonic scale

Many of these answers are correct from the perspective of modern tonal music theory. However, such answers tend to misconstrue how the pentatonic modes were traditionally used and how they are ...
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What is the proper study of composition and arrangement?

You have given very little detail about what kind of music your write and what compositions you have completed. It makes it hard to give specific, useful advice. But, I suppose when someone says "...
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What is the proper study of composition and arrangement?

Instead of a "course" in music composition, look for a good teacher. Composition is very individual and you will get the best experience if you have someone with with you one-on-one. Many ...
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What is the difference between a Musical Mashup and a DJ Mix?

Since these terms are used in multiple contexts, we can find multiple uses for them, just as "DJ" can describe some pretty different activities, from radio disc-jockeying to Grandmaster ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

Short answer, as there are already plenty - this likely overlaps with others, but might help. start dealing with music theory, bit by bit. What is a scale? what is a triad? what is a major/minor/7 ...
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How can I find a chord's root note?

Answering as OP is a complete beginner. Let's take chord CEA as the first example. Ears are useful here. Let's make a wild guess that it could be C major/C minor, E major/E minor or A major/A minor. ...
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How can I find a chord's root note?

How can I find a chord's root note? Arrange the chord tone letters by ascending thirds then take the lowest tone as the root... 'C E A' 'B E A' and 'B E G' ...in thirds is A C E, (B E A can't be ...
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How can I find a chord's root note?

Grab yourself some staff paper and write the three notes out. Rearrange them until they stack up, all line notes or all space notes. I tell my beginner students to make a snowman. Below are the ...
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Name for a minor chord progression using primarilyy Am G F E (with D or Dm and C sometimes)

It's generally known as the Spanish sequence, or the Andalusian cadence, which keeps on repeating, as it reaches the V of the key.
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

So I think you're asking two different questions here: The first, is the question you put in the title - which is about mastering and deeply understanding the instrument. Most of the answers above, I ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

The mention of riffs that ‘sound like garbage’ and playing that always sounds the same suggests a different approach to this question. I’m going to assume a blues/rock/folk context where alternate ...
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Is it a thing learning semantics/emotions of melodic/rhythmical intonations or harmonic progressions, not "music theory" per se?

Yes. Music-semiotics is a term that can be used to search libraries: https://search.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3AMusic%20Semiotics ...feels like a slight fog clearing or when you finally see a ray of ...
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How to compose a new song when inspired by existing song?

Often people want to "give the impression" of a certain work without actually using it, usually because of royalties. Like, say, you're portraying an athletic training montage; you might ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

This speaks to a lack of understanding of music theory. Let me be clear. Musicians often confuse the learning of music theory with the need to learn to read sheet music. And for most self-taught ...
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Writing out this syncopated rhythm

When you start by writing 1,2,3,4 under the four main beats, you're nearly half way there! That's a safe way to split up the timing. Then, each beat is easier to sub-divide into its four components Ne&...
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Writing out this syncopated rhythm

Your spelling of the rhythm is correct based on the standard “1e&a” system of counting sixteenth notes. Keep in mind that the “2” is tied to the “a” of beat 1 so it is not played separately, it is ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

I think your main issue is lack of musical vocabulary. You can make sounds and even "speak" in a way, but it feels meaningless. Music, and playing guitar, is a language and you learn it the ...
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How do I work on mastering keys efficiently?

I know a great way to learn chords, inversions, and any voicings you need! This comes from my teacher Ted Howe. First, learn the chords or voicings you're practicing through the circle of 4ths/5ths ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

I don't mean to be too harsh but you remind me myself when I had played guitar for a couple of years. I was practicing probably between 4-8 hours a day and obviously was making quite a progress. I ...
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

You can write 'G7(omit root)' or 'G7(no root)' if you like. Yes, 'Bdim' would convey the same information. I suppose, for purposes of harmonic analysis, it might be useful to write 'G7(b9)(no root)' ...
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

If you were working with one or two melodic instruments, you might get into a situation where there was an implied root note for the chord, but then the decision about the underlying harmony would ...
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

In that piece the dyads in the right hand (such as the sixths in measures 2-10 and the thirds in measures 11) is simply a melodic duet where the lower note is equally important as the upper note. ...
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

These are called rootless voicings, but there is no common symbol for them. Chord symbols themselves indicate a overall harmony, and the voicing is up to the performer. In that context, the performer ...
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