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Theoretical Question about "Smoke On The Water"

The two different tabs are the same chords, the first is an "easy" one for beginners, and is correct according to videos of Ritchie Blackmore and Steve Morse. It's an inversion with the 5th as the ...
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Why is the hexatonic scale that can be derived via a chain of perfect fifths so little-known?

The premise isn't really true, since such hexatonic scales are actually very common in folk and country music. In particular, the “missing ⅶ scale” 221223. An important source are Scottish tunes, e.g. ...
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Tonal harmony: 18th century counterpoint vs. Accessible contemporary harmony and composition

But what about modern day tonal music? I have played around on my piano with chord progressions that break all of those "rules" and if you'll forgive me for taking the risk of sounding cocky, I ...
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How does the tonic establish itself in a melody?

The tonic (or the tonic interval or tonic axis, in some modern music styles) is alike a star, which all other sounds gravitate towards. These relationships are in part acoustic and part psychoacoustic....
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Theoretical Question about "Smoke On The Water"

It's basically a power chord riff with the roots following the G blues scale. Rock music is often a mixture of major, minor, blues, and modal tonalities. Also what baffles me, there are two ways ...
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Tonal harmony: 18th century counterpoint vs. Accessible contemporary harmony and composition

First off, you're not quite getting the point of the things you are bringing up. Parallel fifths and octaves looked down upon it counterpoint not because they sound bad, but because in counterpoint ...
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What is a tonal plan?

This is what I was taught and have used regarding Tonal Plans: A ****Tonal Plan**** is a framework in which you consciously decide specific tonalities for sections of a given composition. For ...
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Under what circumstances, if any, would we hear enharmomics of the perfect fourth or fifth (e.g. augmented third) in a tonal composition?

Augmented third 1. A key change Imagine a piece in the key of G major that modulates to F# major. In that case, we might encounter the chord progression D7 - C#7 - F#. Within that, one voice might ...
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"Tonal Tones" and "Modal Tones" - what do they mean?

Wow, those two columns seem pretty pointless, seeing as they are completely the same everywhere except when they’re blank. It seems like it must be referring to the fact that it’s the 2nd, 3rd, 6th ...
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How does the tonic establish itself in a melody?

Several tendencies combine to produce the feeling of a tonic. First, the tonic is often the first note of a piece. In the accompanying harmony, notes supporting the tonic occur at phrase endings and ...
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Theoretical Question about "Smoke On The Water"

The riff is just (part of) a harmonized blues scale. All melody notes (as correctly shown in your question) are from the G (minor) blues scale: G Bb C Db D F The harmony is a fourth below the melody....
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How to create Chord progressions that make sense

I think it goes without saying that there are a lot of different approaches to creating meaningful chord progressions, but I wanted to share a useful "trick" I learned while taking music theory in ...
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Why is the hexatonic scale that can be derived via a chain of perfect fifths so little-known?

It should also perhaps be mentioned that the hexatonic scale derived from a chain of perfect fifths is probably not often found, because Pythagorean thirds sound so bad. And in the hexatonic scales ...
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The sudden switch from C major to C minor in Wake me up when September ends and a Solo Acoustic version

As you can see the phrase "Wake me up" is sung over an C major, but then it switches to a Cm As ggcg said, IV-iv-I is a very common cadence. It feels right because of the chromatic approach E-Eb-D (...
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What does it mean for a mode to be "tonally effective"?

I think he's got the right answer but the wrong reason. There's no problem hearing a tonic as 'home' in any of the modes. But tonal harmony is all about dominant-tonic relationships, about there ...
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Transposition to kalimba

The pentatonic scale you've identified is A pentatonic minor. The force theme uses scale degrees outside of this scale. It's not really going to be possible to adapt any given melody to your kalimba's ...
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Does tonality require consonance?

Tonality is a system of composition (or the theory describing it), and one aspect of Tonal music (that is, music following Tonality) is that there is a pitch center. Non-Tonal music — music composed ...
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What are the main concepts that aid singing in key?

With an instrument or with a choir what are the main concepts that aid a lead vocalist in staying in key The most important thing is probably to be able to listen to what's going on around you while ...
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Tonal harmony: 18th century counterpoint vs. Accessible contemporary harmony and composition

"Furthermore, how do I know if a certain musical idea (i.e. A melody and its accompanying harmony) will work if I were to just notate the music without plucking it out first on my piano?" You ...
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Tonal harmony: 18th century counterpoint vs. Accessible contemporary harmony and composition

All of the above answers are correct. We can generalize here: the rules that govern what is permissible in music evolve, both in cultures and in individuals. Bach is beautiful within and because of ...
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Does everybody perceive the same tonic?

Not in my experience as a music teacher. Perfectly intelligent students, upon being presented with such a cluster, will look at you in incomprehension and/or suggest various different pitches as the ...
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In which key are cadence of major chords: G D F C?

If you listen to the whole song, it's clearly based in the key of G. Note that the C chord that ends the final 'repeat to fade' loop always leads back to a G chord. Also note the D chord in my ...
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Looking for some harmonic justification of chord progression: F G Bbm --> F?

Looking into the song and playing the progression myself I instantly noticed the connection between the words he was singing, the feelings he was trying to provoke, and the chord progression. It ...
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What counts as tonal music?

(topo's answer is very good, but I wanted to offer a few other thoughts.) To understand what "tonal music" is, we have to first define what we mean by "tonality." The go-to scholarly source on ...
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What is the difference between tonality and key in music?

There are (at least) two completely distinct senses of the noun 'tonality' in English - The first sense of the word 'tonality' just means, in general, 'the types of harmonic relationships and ...
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How's tonality asserted in the first half of "Dance of the Girls" in The Rite of Spring?

In my opinion, the author is unclear here. (I'm beginning to get suspicious about Dr. Greenberg's book...) Here is the excerpt in question: This portion is, famously, an F♭-major triad with an ...
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