237 Answered Questions for the topic music theory


diabolus in musica

Is it true that there is something called "the devil in music", or "diabolus in musica"?


Is there a visual way to map out the relationships among chords similar to the Tonnetz lattice of Neo-Riemannian analysis but for atonal music?

I am looking for a way to map out the distances between chords for atonal music. I really like Tonnetz analysis, but for atonal music, it doesn't quite work out the same for me. Is there a similar... more


How many quarter notes make up a whole note?


Learn Guitar (and theory) one key at a time?

So I'm trying to learn guitar for like the 5th time in my life. I've taken formal lessons, read books, even been in a garage band for fun but have only managed to memorize chord progressions and... more


Mediant, submediant, and minor keys?

I am familiar with the degree names: tonic, supertonic, mediant, etc but not sure of their use in minor keys. Let's consider C major and minor. Some are clear, the dominant and subdominant will... more


Is it possible to start out on a nonharmonic tone then play its resolution?

For an example if I used an escape tone from F major to C major, using a B-flat note to G, once the chord changes from F major to C major. In all examples I've seen on non-harmonic tones it seems... more


Modal scales' variations?

I know two basic variations of minor and major scales, and these are melodic and harmonic. My question is, are there melodic and harmonic variations of modal scales? Like Dorian harmonic? or... more


Etymology of word "Octave"?

How come the etymology of the word octave is related to the number *eight*, when the numbers that you would associate with the meaning of the word are either two – doubling of the frequency – , or... more


Is Cmaj7 in the C major scale different than the Cmaj7 in the C Dorian scale?

I was told that the 7 in Cmaj7 indicates the 7th scale degree. But here's what's confusing to me: in the C major scale, the 7th scale degree is B. And the interval from the root note of the Cmaj7... more


Is music theory universal?

I'm currently 17 years old and want to dedicate myself to music. I've listened to different styles of music now: jazz, funk,groove also classical (Bob acri>any pop Idol in 2018). 2 weeks ago I... more


Diminished and augmented key signature?

Now I know that augmented chords and diminished chords are dissonant normally. Arpeggiate it and it is much more consonant. 3rd octave and it is much more consonant. But can you actually have... more


Metric accents in time signature?

In my Tonal Harmony book by Kostka and Payne, it says: when rhythms are notated, it is customary to use beams,ties and dots in such a way that the metric accent is emphasized rather than... more


Mathematical methods for analysing melodic contour?

Are there any mathematical methods for identifying melodic shape, identifying motifs and general pattern recognition?


Confusion in naming intervals?

If I play C E G on the piano, then G acts as a perfect 5th, but if I play G C E and the lowest note (just below the C) is G, can I still call G a perfect 5th of C maj? Because the interval now... more


How do I choose the type of chord for an specific scale?

How do I choose the type of chord for an specific scale?


E# note in the D# Major scale. What does it mean?

I've been having this doubt for a quite a while and haven't been able to find a satisfying answer. Is the 'E#' note technically an F? If so, why does it not exist on the chromatic scale like other... more


How many types of modulation are there?

I know a few types of modulation off the top of my head like common chord modulation and and chromatic modulation, but I was wondering how many different types of modulation are there and what are... more


What do I need to know to be able to be able to play along with a song just by listening to it?

What is essential knowledge and skill one has to have to be able to play along with the radio?


Augmented dominant seventh chord = what scale?

An easy example: `C+7 = C E G# Bb` What scale would this thing come from? When playing it it sounds lydian to me, not so much dominant. Same notes rewritten: `E+7#11 = E G# B# A#` my best... more


Modulation theory exercise for baritone saxophone in E flat?

If i have a piece written in the bass clef and I need to transpose it for baritone saxophone in EFlat how can I do it? The first note is an F, would this become an A when trasposed? Does the clef... more


Melody And Intervals?

How do composers think about intervals like minor, major,etc to compose melody? Eg I know playing major third will invoke happy mood....that is if we play C and then E creates happier... more


Is GbM7 to DbM7/F also a chromatic movement?

I was writing a song in Bbm key. And the chord progression goes something like. Bbm,GbM7, DbM7/F In this situation does the GbM7 going to DbM7/F also consider as chromatic progression ? If it... more


Are you still playing a scale if you don't include every note in said scale?

For instance, if you're playing C major, and instead of playing C D E F G A B, you play C D E F G A, or C D E F G, would that still be considered playing in that scale or key? Because I doubt that... more


Standard tuning Capo 8 Alternative?

Hello! Chords used, Eminor, Raised C(open C shape moved up two frets), C,Basically id just like more room on the fretboard. If i tuned to D standard (DGCFAD) would i still be able to play the same... more
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