275 Answered Questions for the topic music theory
When looking at piece of sheet music, what are the first three things you will see?
How many sharps are in the key of E? Which notes are sharp?
The circle of fifths can help you find the answer. Starting from the middle of the circle (C/a) and moving clockwise, you will begin to notice that each new key has one more sharp than the one that... more
What is an interval? What is a melodic interval vs. a harmonic interval?
When looking at a time signature, what do the top and bottom numbers represent?
A time signature is found at the beginning of a piece, right after the clef and key signature.
Music Theory Ap Music Theory
How can I improve my chances of passing the AP music theory exam?
There are various components to the AP music theory exam which would be tough to navigate from home without a tutor or trusted advisor. There are steps that a student could take that would improve... more
Music Theory Composition (music)
What's the difference between composition and arranging?
Have you heard music in your favorite movie?
Choose a movie of your liking. Explain to me where you hear music throughout the movie. Choose a particular scene. How does this music make the scene you are referring to more important, more... more
Fundamental Frequency question! Please help!
4) Calculate 5 different frequencies for G6 rounding each, if necessary, to the nearest 0.001 Hz. Show your work and name the tuning system used in each case. For each of these, A4 must have a... more
What's the best way to learn a new piece of music?
I just got a new teacher. My old teacher made me practice my right hand, then my left hand, then both hands together. Easy-peasy!My new teacher makes me analyze the piece first. What's that all... more
Music Theory General Music
Why do self-taught musicians need to know their music theory?
My parents keep telling me I gotta do the classical thing. But all I really wanna do is play my beat box and rhyme.
Why do you learn music theory?
The truth is, though ai teach it, you don’t have to. It’s almost as useless as perfect pitch. And what I mean by that is it only makes you aware of what is presented in music by way of notation. It... more
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This is me - Musical Forms
Hello, I want to ask the song called "This is me" by Keala Settle in The Greatest Showman album, is their musical forms sonata, ternary form or others?The links below is for the song's chorus and... more
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