Aaron
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I am confused about modes. Can someone explain it in these terms?
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A D Major scale for C Lydian is wrong -- D Major has C# in it. For C Lydian, you would play G Major. Same problem for F Lydian; you would play C Major, not G Major. The modes you're asking about -- ...

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Why does "Modern Man" from "The Suburbs (2010)" have missing beats?
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What you're hearing I would consider as added beats rather than missing ones. The general term for how beats are grouped is meter. Meter is the pattern of strong and weak pulses that underlie the ...

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What is the terminology for these two techniques on piano?
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Ievan Polkka There are two things happening here: In the preceding section, the left hand is playing pairs of notes simultaneously. However, beginning at 2:03, the left hand plays broken chords. ...

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Is there a way to notate the repeat of a larger section that itself has repeats in it?
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You can introduce symbols (most often the "dal segno" sign pictured below; rehearsal marks are also not uncommon) to indicate the start of a repeated section, and then use a "to [sign]&...

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What do these left arrows or angle brackets mean to the left of a chord?
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Just to put an exclamation point on @LaurencePayne's answer, here's the same measure of the same arrangement from https://hymnary.org/tune/living_for_jesus_a_life_that_lowden

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Can this chord be played or is it transcribed incorrectly?
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The transcription is correct. Below is a screenshot from a YouTube video that includes the score. To play the chord, play the grace note (A#) with your pinky, and hold it with the pedal. The remainder ...

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What is the name of this scale based on the harmonic series?
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The Musical Scale Search Tool offers four scales whose notes correspond to the OP, with only one -- C Minor Lydian -- containing the pitches in the order specified. The others would be permutations/...

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Is the melodic minor a key as well as a scale?
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Viewpoint #1: melodic minor is a scale, not a key More specifically, it's a scale constructed as an abstraction of how composers use minor keys in actual practice. Many composers used the raised sixth ...

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Do I have to notate "eighth equal quarter" when the time signature changes?
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It's not strictly necessary to include notation-specific tempo markings, but the meaning and relative speeds change depending on what is or is not indicated. Example: switching from 4/4 to 6/8 quarter-...

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What does the middle pedal on the piano do?
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The middle pedal, called the sostenuto pedal, keeps raised the dampers of the keys being played at the time the pedal is depressed. This is in contrast to the damper pedal, which raises all of the ...

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How long can a pianist maintain a repeated, fast figure in one hand?
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At 80 dotted quarter notes per minute I run into two problems: Fingers getting twisted up and Losing count of the repetitions. As a skilled amateur, after a few minutes of practice, I played 12 bars ...

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Beethoven Sonata Op. 49 No. 2 Bar 12 trill
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Yes, the ornament, known as a turn, is executed A-G-F#-G. Unless otherwise specified, ornaments are played within the given key signature. For additional reassurance, of the editions on IMSLP that ...

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What decides the grouping and emphasis for 6/4?
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Yes, it's by convention that there are two groups of three beats. The two emphases, however, are not equal: beat one is stronger than beat four, which is what differentiates 6/4 from two measures of 3/...

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arpeggiated chord and half bracket symbol - what does it mean? (piano)
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To understand the brackets, see What does the L-shaped symbol attached to C5 and G4 on the top staff mean?. In terms of execution of both cases, you'll play the bottom octave with your left hand, then ...

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What are the ornaments in the western music and their corresponding ornaments in Indian music?
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Hindustani (North Indian) Ornaments1 Alankara = Ornaments A major difference between Hindustani and Western ornaments is that Alankara are tied to raga, in the sense that how the ornament is executed ...

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Can a singer sing a song from its notation if he/she has not heard the song before?
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Yes. This is called "sight-singing", and it is a skill that can be learned. Musicians trained in sight-singing typically need to be given a starting pitch and can then sing the song ...

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What are these sixteenth notes with left-right arrows beneath them supposed to mean
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The arrows and sixteenth-notes (or sometimes eighth-notes) indicate the time offset between measures in the upper and lower staves. They don't have musical meaning in themselves. They're guideposts to ...

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Do the intervals in a chord determine its sound?
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Sounds are perceived according to their relationships with other sounds — so ... intervals. And intervals are perceived — and defined — according to the lower pitch. Given the example of major and ...

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Can music be arrhythmic?
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Yes. There are a variety of ways metrically arrhythmic musical events can occur. Aleatoric music The idea behind aleatory is that musical events occur unpredictably. The primary modern example of this ...

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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes
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Select the entire area you want unbeamed. In the "Beam Properties" palette, select the unbeamed eighth-note. Starting score Select the region to unbeam On the "Beam Properties" ...

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Voice in bass clef too far apart for one hand
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You are correct for the first measure. Use fingers 5 and 2 to hold the chord, and use your left-hand thumb for the Eb, F, and G. Then use your right-hand thumb for the Db. In the second measure play ...

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Why triplets for whole movement rather than writing it in say 6/8?
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In piano music (at least) it fairly common to write in 4/4 time with all triplets. This most frequently happens when the melody itself is best expressed in 4/4, while the accompaniment, in triplets, ...

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What scale comprises D-E-F#-G-A-Bb-C?
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I would not look at this as a single scale. Based on the excerpt in the OP, consider it as D major, but with its IV chord (that is, the G chord) borrowed from D minor (including the C natural in the ...

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How do I use augmented chords in my progressions?
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One of the more common uses of augmented triads is as a transitional chord. For example, it serves to create smooth chromatic movement from a I chord to a IV chord. Here is an example in C Major, ...

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Can a chord B C F with B as a root note exist?
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Chord-naming generally serves two purposes: To indicate the pitches to play, and To indicate the function of those pitches. Allowing in this case that the goal is to get the chord-player to play B-C-...

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What's the difference between a 13th chord and a full heptatonic scale?
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They're kind of the same thing. (But only kind of...) The Wikipedia entry for Extended chord includes an example of exactly what you're asking: a 13-chord "collapsed" into a tone cluster (...

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Is there a musical instrument that is more abstract than the others?
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The most abstract "instrument" would be a synthesizer or sound-generating software. However, in terms of a traditional instrument, I would say organ is the most abstract in the way you're ...

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How can you listen and judge where you are in the music whilst improvising?
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Step 1: Play one note per chord, on the downbeat, leaving plenty of mental space to keep track of where you are. Play only the roots, then only the thirds, etc. Step 2: When you're comfortable with ...

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Sometimes I naturally sing songs in the right key. Do I have perfect (absolute) pitch?
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The Levitin Effect The ability to intuitively sing a song in the key your originally heard it is known as the Levitin Effect.1 It is a cognitive ability separate from absolute (perfect) pitch insofar ...

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How to Identify Sheet Music Type, Era, or Origin?
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This is a portion of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The poster is titled "Sony Tape. Full Color Sound" (1979), by Milton Glaser (Wikipedia). You can see a complete image at Milton Glaser Studio....

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