254 Answered Questions for the topic music theory

Music Theory Theory Scales

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Intervals Theory

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Theory Chords Chord Theory

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Guitar Piano Theory

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Theory Key

06/27/19

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

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Theory Analysis Melody

06/27/19

Mathematical methods for analysing melodic contour?

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

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Theory Scales Chords

06/27/19

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

How do I choose the type of chord for an specific scale?
Music Theory Theory Pitch Key

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Theory Modulation

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Music Guitar

06/27/19

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?
Music Theory Theory Scales Modes

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Theory

06/27/19

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
Music Theory Intervals Theory Melody

06/27/19

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

06/26/19

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
Music Theory Notation Theory Scales

06/26/19

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
Music Theory Music Guitar Capo

06/26/19

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
Music Theory Intervals Theory Scales

06/26/19

Is there a formal term for the "WWHW" and "WHWW" ordering of intervals in a perfect 5th?

The reason for my question is that I'm developing a simpler way, using one's fingers instead of the music staff to introduce basic theory to non-musicians. It's called "THE Music Theory" - "THE"... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Harmony

06/26/19

Is the V chord still dominant if it is a major 7 chord?

Is the V chord still dominant if it is a major 7 chord?

06/26/19

Can one measure the "distance" between chords? If so, how?

I was reading an article an the author gave the following sequence of chords: C A7 Dm G C I would like to measure the "distance" if there is such a thing between C and A7. Can this be done? In... more

06/24/19

Did Bach ever use melodic minor keys in chorales?

For example, E Melodic Minor would have C#, allowing for a ii7-V-I cadence.
Music Theory Piano Jazz Theory

06/24/19

How do you play a 3 note jazz voicing for a slash chord?

Please answer for piano specifically. So classic 3 note jazz voicing to my understanding is Root in the left hand and the 3 and 7 in the right. But what if you have an inversion with 3 or 7 in the... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Key

06/24/19

Can someone help me figure out this music theory KEY finding question?

Messing around Sunday I came up with a song that has the following Chord Progression. I'm just learning music theory and am having trouble on identifying the key. The chord progression is: C7 D7... more
Music Theory Frequency Theory Scales

06/24/19

Are there any tuning differences between the C# Major Scale and Db Major Scale?

Are there any tuning differences between the C# Major Scale and Db Major Scale?

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