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Are Pianos and Electric Guitar Keys the same?
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"keys", on a piano, are the things you press to make notes sound. they are not the notes themself -- D is a note, you sound it on a piano by depressing a key, you sound it on a guitar by ...

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How to notate a minor chord with added 4th
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You could make an argument for G9 or Dm/G. The main argument for Dm/G is that's, literally what's happening, you have triads moving in parallel over a bass line. The main argument against would be ...

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Is there a way to get around using quarter notes/rests?
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Find the smallest rhythmic value used in your piece and "scale everything up" so that smallest value in instead the smallest value supported by the game (so, if the smallest value is the ...

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How to remember how much irregular groupings are worth
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Honestly, I don't really "agree" with those crotchet- and minum-beat septuplets. I'd personally add an extra beam to both of those, in part to avoid the issue you're having here where there'...

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Equivalence of intervals with octaves between them
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The answer about octave equivalence is essentially correct, but to take that answer a step further: the way we perceive notes is weird and doesn't accurately reflect the "underlying physical ...

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"Wrong" key signature for a score in F dorian?
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Sheet music is for the performer. "There are three flats consistently used throughout" is the information the performer needs. You are essentially lying to the performer in including D-flat ...

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Is there a name for this simple drum pattern/fill?
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"two semiquavers on the offbeat", I'd be surprised if a more specific name actually sees widespread use. "that snare cliche", perhaps.

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The ambiguity of certain chord qualities in Roman numeral Analysis
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Extensions are based on figured bass, and therefore relate to the diatonic scale. V7 isn't a major minor-seventh just because that's the most common seventh chord, it's a major minor-seventh because ...

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How do you develop the ability to express yourself via your instrument (e.g. guitar for my case)
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It's not really clear whether you're talking about expression in performance or expression in composition -- these are two different things to me. As a performer, expression comes from how and when ...

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Can beats in fractional meters be grouped? If so, are the groups integers or not?
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The 8 in 6/8 is not a beat. The groupings of three are the beats. I learned recently that time signatures can be fractional in the top number. For example, 2.5/4 meter. "Can" in this ...

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How to interpret in swing a 16th triplet followed by an 1/8 note?
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Your comment's pretty much right on the money. To formalize it a little, in X:Y swing, the triplets "ought" be counted three-against-X. This is dead simple if you're strictly counting a 3:2 &...

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Why is 3/4 called "simple triple" if we can divided the beats by more than 2?
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But I find this confusing because in 3/4, there are 3 quarter notes. And they haven't yet been divided into anything. Yes, I suppose that if a piece literally never divided its beats, the simple/...

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How to write long melodic licks on Guitar?
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Sing! Try singing improvised melodies to yourself, in the shower or wherever you get spare time. The point isn't to be good at singing, the point is to get yourself fluently thinking in terms of ...

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How to write complex time signature that would be confused for compound (triplet) time?
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Adding to the other answer, which covers the 9/8 case very well. The 6/4 example should probably be written in alternating 4/4 and 2/4 bars -- you can put both time signatures at the start of the ...

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What are ways to emphasize a rhythm/time signatures without drums?
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A good performer should be able to make almost any sequence of notes sound in almost any metre. They will do this by emphasizing key beats in some way, with subtle (or, if they're forcing something ...

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Why does an Fmaj7 chord sound good in the context of a progression in D major?
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Yes, it's a chromatic walkdown, and F major 7 is ♭III7, borrowed from the parallel minor. It's difficult to stick a functional label on that chord, but it's certainly valid to view the flattened third ...

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Finding a scale from power chords
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It's a little difficult to know what you're asking. The trivial answer is that it's an eight-note scale, E-F-G-Ab-B-C-D-D#; you really can just call any collection of notes you want a scale and try to ...

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Is 5/4 simple or compound?
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Time signatures do not directly correlate to metre; 9/8 can be compound triple or an irregular quadruple metre, depending on where the main pulses are. It is inaccurate to refer to time signatures as &...

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Why do parallel keys matter?
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I am learning about borrowed chords and all explanations state it's done in conjunction with a parallel key. Why? Because that's what "borrowed chords" are, chords from the parallel key. It'...

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What is the physical mechanism by which a chord has a root?
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C-D-E doesn't have a clear root because "chords" and "roots" are concepts we use to describe a particular subset of music, a subset of music that doesn't usually include tone ...

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Is there a name for the progression ♭VI–♭VII–I?
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The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World calls it an Aeolian cadence, and I was able to find some matching usage online, but I'm not convinced it's any more widely-used a term than "...

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How to properly play this piano chord
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"strong/steady forearm, loose (try floppy) wrists, fingers curved like you're holding an invisible bubble" was the advice my piano teachers gave me, this will "shorten" your fingers so you need less ...

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are there common techniques to make a piano version of a song that has very little musical content?
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"Common arrangement techniques" are largely the same regardless of how much material the original piece contains -- you'll simply need to do more to a piece containing less material. I don't think ...

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How to make sustained polyrhythms easier to play?
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Take the polyrhythm carefully counted out in the largest common subdivison, and drum it on a table with one line to a hand (e.g., semiquavers with the left, triplets with the right). An easy way to do ...

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Dominant seventh vs Dominant function
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There are some contexts where the phrase "dominant seventh" is used with a purely functional meaning, to refer strictly to a seventh chord serving dominant function, e.g., a V7 leading to a tonic: ...

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approach for arranging songs with two electric guitars
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What are some things I should consider when arranging guitar parts in songs with two guitars? Rock guitar arrangement tends to be for "lead" and "rhythm" guitar; this is not universally true, ...

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Why did we never simplify key signatures?
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The only real reason is "convention changes slowly, if it changes at all". For example, consider how much worse are the flaws of time signatures: time signatures are misleading to beginners (6/8 ...

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What is more proper notation in piano sheet music to denote that the left hand should be louder?
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I have recently started writing melodically under the left-hand part in experimental contexts where the melody might not obviously look like a melody. Generally speaking though, including in your case,...

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Do we have any particular tonal center in mind when we are NOT listening music?
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I quite like Richard's answer, but to offer a more narrow one: the concept of a tonal center is meaningless in the absence of music. There's nothing physically real about a tonal center; from a pure ...

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How do I improve in sight reading?
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I only scraped by my Grade 8 AMEB, in part (but, obviously, not in full) because my sight-reading was atrocious. I did not sight-read much, and my teacher always told me -- although I was not ...

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