254 Answered Questions for the topic music theory
Is the secondary dominant the same if my target chord is a major or minor of the same root?
Say my **target chord** is D major or D minor in two separate keys. For example let's say D major is in the key of G major (the V chord) and let's say the D minor is in the key of F major (the vi... more
Do modes exist in the harmonic / melodic minor scales?
I'm trying to get my head around modes and the tonal center. In my understanding the natural minor scale is the same as the Aeolian mode. However, when considering the mix-up that happens in the... more
Which guitar chord sounds like A# note on the keyboard?
I am composing a tune using Ableton. The basic composition contains the note 'A#', and I want to add some acoustic strumming to it. However, I am new to guitar playing as well and can't seem to... more
Does it really make difference to play a song in a different key?
I hear sometimes players and composers say that this song won't sound good in F Major for example, and you should play it or write it in G Major. In other words, it seems that they assign aesthetic... more
Relationship between 3/4 and 4/4?
I understand the meaning of music notations such as 3/4, 4/4 and so on. The first number is the number of beats per measure, while the second number is the note-duration (quarter, half, one-eighth)... more
Why do we start from the bottom note when counting intervals?
Say if I play G to C descending, my intuition tells me to start from the note that came first. But I've been told that's not correct. You start from the bass note and count up no matter what.
What are the official modes from Ionian to Locrian?
I am having some confusion is respects to the formal definition of what the various modes are. I know that their defined in relation to their scale, however, I've come to realise this may not be... more
Confusion about major and minor second intervals?
Why is a major second interval different from a minor second interval considering that in the natural scales formulae they are both one whole step?
Why are these double notes labeled 'contrary motion'?
In my PDF version of Slonimsky's Thesaurus, there's a section called 'Double Notes in Contrary Motion' on page 215. Can anyone explain why he is calling these contrary motion? To me, apart from the... more
Do capable harmony singers sing in just intonation or tempered tuning?
I understand that the mathematical frequency ratios between certain intervals will correlate with the overtones that are present when a note sounds in a fundamental frequency. Certain predictable... more
The differences between natural, harmonic and melodic minors?
I'm studying scales and came across the natural, harmonic, and melodic minors. I understand the patterns for each scale but what other important differences exist between the three?
Do I have to prepare and resolve non-chord tones in certain ways?
I keep getting feedback from certain people on a classical music forum that I prepare and resolve my dissonances wrongly and that my counterpoint is off. And this is regardless of what type of... more
Is a doubly augmented seventh a compound interval?
I'm reading about the theory behind intervals, and [Wikipedia says](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interval_(music)#Compound_intervals): > A compound interval is an interval spanning more than... more
Is modulating from major to relative minor a key change?
I know that C major and A natural minor have the same key signature. Are they considered different keys though? Is modulating from one to the other considered a key change?
Pentatonic Scales Question?
I'm learning the notes on the fret board and I just wanted to ask something about the pentatonic scales you see, A minor pentatonic is A C D E G on the 5th fret, but when I play it on the 2nd fret... more
Why isn't there a classical composer like Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart today?
Why there aren't composers writing in a classical style today? Why don't we hear of classical composers today like we do of Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart?
problem with dorian scale?
i have a problem with minor dorian scale. you see, the natrual minor scale for the key A is abcdefg and dorian minor scale for the key of A is abcd f sharp g . but E natural minor scale have the... more
Why are some people so paranoid about music theory?
Music theory is cool. However, I've noticed that a few genres of music tend to discourage it. I just read that learning music theory "seems like the antithesis" of being able to improvise.... more
I want to start compose music but I don't know where to start?
I play the Double Bass and I've always wanted to compose music for an orchestra. I know that I need to learn more theory, but I don't know where to learn it. I was thinking about learning it in a... more
When playing the guitar, how do I know which scale to play over a chord progression?
When playing the guitar, how do I know which scale to play over a chord progression? For example, if I play a G, D, Em, C chord progression, which scale would I play and why?
write the Root, First, and Second Inversion whole note chords in the bass clef for the following chords: C, F, and G. When you're done, you should have 9 whole note chords total.
For this assignment, write the Root, First, and Second Inversion whole note chords in the bass clef for the following chords: C, F, and G. When you're done, you should have 9 whole note chords... more
What is the inversion of a diminished fifth (d5)
What is the inversion of a diminished fifth (d5)
describe two very different observations that are caused by the same thing
In 5-10 sentences, describe two very different observations that are caused by the same thing. This question can be interpreted in a variety of ways; the link between your observations may involve... more