287 Answered Questions for the topic music theory

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?

06/22/19

Can't seem to figure out the key of a chord progression?

Ab min7 - Db min - Eb min7 - Gb7 I looked it up and it said it was in the key of B and Ab min? Not very good with theory so I don't know how it could be a major and minor key at the same... more
Music Theory Theory Voice Leading

06/22/19

How should six-four chords be resolved?

How should six-four chords be resolved?

06/21/19

How to modulate from minor to parallel major?

I'm trying to find a good modulation from Dm to D. I know that I could use Dm-A7-D but it feels a bit to unsophisticated. I thought that I maybe could do something like Dm-X-C-X-Em-X-D where X is... more
Music Theory Theory Harmony

06/20/19

Is the diminished chord of the minor scale not used as much as the others?

I'm wondering if the diminished diatonic chord (ii-dim) in the minor scale functions like the major scale, where it's not used as often as the other six diatonic chords?
Music Theory Theory Scales Modes

06/20/19

Do all modes make another mode when inverted?

I may just being going crazy but I was writing some music theory and noticed that if you reverse the whole steps and half steps of a mode it becomes another mode. (W= whole tones H= half... more
Music Theory Terminology Theory Chords

06/20/19

Are there any cases that a minor triad can be a dominant chord?

Okay so that is quite a weird question, but are there any possibilities? And in a natural minor key does a minor v count as a dominant?
Music Theory Theory Chords

06/20/19

Is the basis of classical music triads while the basis of jazz is sevenths?

I'm just wondering if this sounds right. It seems like the basis of jazz harmony makes use of seventh chord and classical music the basis is triads?
Music Theory Composition Theory

06/19/19

Harmony or Melody First in Composition?

I'm wondering if when composing one would start with an idea for harmony such as a chord progression, or does one start on the melody side maybe developing a melodic motif. What comes first, or... more
Music Theory Intervals Theory

06/19/19

How does one measure the interval between two pitches?

What is the procedure for measuring the interval between two pitches? How do I know if something is a fifth, sixth, or something else? Why, for instance, is C to D a second even though we only go... more

06/18/19

How do I use the Omnibus Progression to Modulate from I to iv?

I am composing a piece in which there is a modulation between the keys of Db major and F# minor. Is it possible to use the omnibus progression to smoothly execute this modulation? If it is... more
Music Theory Theory Chords

06/18/19

Do seventh chords and extended chords create more dissonance?

I'm wondering if seventh and extended chords are used to create dissonance/tension where the more you get to the basic triad the more consonant the sound. So C major > C major 7 > C major 9... more
Music Theory Notation Theory Scales

06/17/19

Do the notes in a scale have to be played in order?

Beginner here, it seems like a scale just defines a particular set of notes that don't have to be played in any order to me. But if you look at A minor pentatonic scale you have A, C, D, E, G, yet... more
Music Theory Composition Theory

06/13/19

Does a cadence cover all "punctuation marks" in a musical phrase?

Does a cadence cover all "punctuation marks" in a musical phrase?
Music Theory Composition Theory Chords

06/13/19

How to compose a Shout Chorus?

How do you compose a [Shout Chorus](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrain#Shout_chorus)? I don´t know how to start and I need to compose one for Wine and Roses.
Music Theory Intervals Theory Scales

06/13/19

Harmonic/Melodic Minor in Keys?

How does one find the key to a scale like harmonic minor, or is out of key?
Music Theory Terminology Theory

06/13/19

Does a walking bass line usually consist of chord tones?

Do we define a walking bass by it consisting of mainly chord tones? So it's just a skeleton of a chord progression? What if it wasn't just chord tones, would it still be considered a walking bass... more
Music Theory Theory Meter Rhythm

06/12/19

4/4 vs 3/4 time signatures?

I'm new to music theory so I'm sorry if my question is trivial. Is it correct to say that, in practice, the only difference between 4/4 vs. 3/4 time signatures is where the accents are located? To... more

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