282 Answered Questions for the topic music theory

Music Theory Set Theory Theory Scales


What are ways to use the palindromic property of a palindromic scale?

A palindromic scale, as I've seen it described on a number of music theory websites, is defined as one whose sequence of intervals is the same when ascending and descending. For instance: D Dorian... more


What exactly should I have to learn to understand why certain combination of chords are harmonic when played in a sequence?

I'm pretty sure that there's a lot of theory in finding combinations that are melodical/harmonical. There must be a way to say that 3 different chords are likely to form music. That given 2 chords,... more


The meaning of Coda?

What does "Coda" mean in music? I don't understand, and it appears in many articles about "sonata form" but I still don't know.
Music Theory Theory Harmony


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
Music Theory Theory Scales Modes


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
Music Theory Guitar Piano Theory


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
Music Theory Intervals Notation Theory


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.
Music Theory Theory Analysis Scales


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
Music Theory Intervals Theory


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?
Music Theory Theory


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
Music Theory Voice Theory Harmony


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
Music Theory Theory Scales


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?
Music Theory Composition Theory Harmony


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
Music Theory Theory Modulation Key


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?
Music Theory Guitar Theory Scales


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?
Music Theory Theory


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
Music Theory Theory


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
Music Theory Theory


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
Music Theory


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